New Delhi: Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, M Venkaiah Naidu, expressed deep anguish over recent happenings in certain legislatures and Parliament with members resorting to “acrimonious behaviour”.
Addressing the gathering after releasing a book titled ‘A Child of Destiny’, an autobiography penned by educationist Prof K Ramakrishna Rao, in Visakhapatnam on Friday, Naidu said that he was perturbed by the vitriolic language used by members against their opponents, and underscored that they were only political rivals and not enemies, expressing concern over the growing display of animosities by people in public life.
Pointing out that there were bound to be differences in a democracy, the Vice President cautioned that democracy would be the loser if there was no debate or discussion but only disruption. Observing that people were watching the conduct of the public representatives, he warned that there would be a loss of faith in the system if the trend continued unchecked.
Naidu asked political parties to respect the mandate of the people, advising people alongside to elect or choose their representatives based on their ‘character, calibre, capacity and conduct’ instead of ‘cash, caste, community and criminality’.
Referring to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the VP asserted that it does not discriminate against Indian citizens but seeks to provide citizenship to those who were persecuted on religious grounds in neighbouring countries.
Asking people to read and understand legislations like abrogation of Article 370 and the CAA, he cautioned that vested interests were trying to create a negative opinion overseas on India and asserted that no country has any business to interfere in India’s internal affairs.
Addressing the young students in the gathering, Naidu stressed the need to teach more about Indian history and make them aware of its heritage, culture, and the contributions of freedom fighters and many other national icons. He said that the education they receive must be value-based.
The VP suggested reorienting the curriculum in terms of incorporating emerging trends in the area of higher education and improving methods of instruction to leverage the possibilities of Information Technology.
Describing Prof K Ramakrishna Rao as a multifaceted genius, the Vice President said that he was a pre-eminent scholar, a dedicated academician, a celebrated author, an accomplished researcher, scientist, and steadfast Gandhian. “His contribution to philosophy and Gandhian thought and the role of parapsychology in human behaviour is truly phenomenal,” Naidu added, urging younger generations to read the autobiography and draw inspiration from his life.
The Minister for Culture and Tourism of Government of Andhra Pradesh, Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao; Chancellor of GITAM University, Prof K Ramakrishna Rao; Vice Chancellor of GITAM University, Prof K Siva Rama Krishna; President, GITAM University, M Bharath; Vice-President, Prof M Gangadhar Rao; and other dignitaries were present at the venue.