Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said patriotism did not mean garlanding Bharat Mata and saying “Bharat Mata ki Jai” but it meant celebrating one’s countrymen and not discriminating against anyone on the basis of caste and religion.
Venkaiah Naidu was in Mumbai to give away the 41st Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation awards. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Minister for Education Vinod Tawde and Rahul Bajaj, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, were present at the function.
Naidu, who had unveiled an Indian War Memorial in Villers Guislain in Northern France, said he “reminded the fellow leaders” of sacrifices of thousands of Indian soldiers who fought “for the cause of righteousness and the interest of peace, human liberty and freedom”.
All institutions must follow mandate assigned…not encroach each other
The Vice President’s statement came in the wake of blame game between politicians from opposition parties over the Amritsar train acc, which took place on Dussehra day.
Earlier, during a plenary meeting, Naidu highlighted the menace of terrorism and rued the fact that “some countries are supporting it”.
No Veda, no Upanishads has pressed that only particular community should be allowed into a temple, the Vice-President said.
Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha that had organised the event felicitated 24 budding musicians with the Shri Shanmukhananda Vijaya Bank Dr MS Subbulakshmi Fellowship in music
“Education is not only for employment. It is meant to empower, enlighten, widen the perspective of the students and develop them into global citizens,” Venkaiah Naidu said
Later, Venkaiah Naidu urged VIPs to consider visiting the busy temple only once a year so that the large number of common devotees are not inconvenienced.
Jharkhand Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Amar Bauri, chairman of the event’s organising committee, said, “The event will hold discussions on the themes centred on the basic concept of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ (One India, Great India).
Venkaiah Naidu is visiting the southeastern European country on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India-Romania diplomatic relations.
During his visit, Naidu held detailed discussions on a range of bilateral and multilateral issues with President Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Speaker of the National Assembly of Serbia Maja Gojkovic, besides addressing a business forum.
Naidu said that India could spread its spiritual teachings across the globe. Even though we have so much strength, we never attacked anyone in history,” said Naidu.
The vice president also expressed anguish over the politicisation of incidents of lynching, saying such cases should not be linked with political parties.