New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said that violence was not acceptable in a democracy and observed that those encouraging violence were doing so at the cost of the nation. Addressing students and faculty of PSG institutions at Coimbatore today, the VP said dissent was essential in a democracy but not disintegration. Stating that protests have to be conducted in a peaceful and democratic manner, he said, “No one can speak against the unity and integrity of the country.”
VP Naidu called for an education system that upholds India’s values and ethics, and makes students aware of cultural heritage and history. He said that children should be taught the life histories of great personalities such as Veerapandiya Kattabomman, V. O. Chidambaram Pillai, Subramania Bharathi, and Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar to inspire them.
Stressing the need for preservation and promotion of Indian languages, Naidu called for providing primary education in the child’s mother tongue, and appealed to people to use their mother tongue at home and in their communities.
Naidu also urged people to first study and understand the CAA legislation. It has nothing to do with Indian citizens and it pertains to refugees who have been persecuted on religious grounds in neighboring countries, he said.
Referring to the revocation of Article 370 and reorganization of Jammu & Kashmir state, he said Article 370 was a temporary provision and it was revoked after a thorough debate in the Parliament. Referring to comments made by certain countries on the revocation of Article 370 and other issues, Naidu said they should mind their own affairs and should stop commenting on India’s internal matters.
The Vice President reminded students that India was once known as ‘Vishwaguru’ and was the global hub of knowledge with students from all corners of the world studying at Nalanda and learning centres of excellence.
Naidu asked the youth to shun negativism and adopt a constructive and positive approach towards life and strive to make India ‘Vishwaguru’ once again.
Observing that there was no dearth of talent or skills among the youth of the country, VP Naidu said several reputed multinational organizations such as Microsoft and Google are ‘being headed by Indians.’
Calling upon both the government and the private sector to ensure access to quality education at affordable rates to students, particularly from the downtrodden and marginalized sections, the VP said education alone has the power to bring about a change in lifestyles and empower people.
Naidu also stressed the need to leverage the huge demographic opportunity in the country. With 65% of the population below 35 years, the Vice President said, youth must be trained to create employment as well as entrepreneurial opportunities and make India the global hub of human resource.
Describing the founder of PSG institution, PS Govindaswamy Naidu, as a visionary and compassionate human being, the Vice President appreciated his act of dividing his properties into four parts – even as he had only three sons – and putting aside the fourth portion for charitable deeds. The country needs more such organizations that help the poor and the marginalized sections, the Vice President said.
Karthikeyan, President, PSG Institutions; L Gopalkrishnan, Managing Trustee; faculty members, staff, and students of PSG were present at the event.
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