Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu Practice your religion but do not engage in hate speech


Venkaiah Naidu called for strengthening the Indian value system.

Kottayam:

Vice President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed his strong disapproval of attempts to ridicule other religions and create dissension in society, saying that everyone has the right to practice and preach their faith in the country.

“Practice your religion but do not abuse or indulge in hateful speech and writing,” said the vice president at an event to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, a spiritual leader and social reformer of the Catholic community of Kerala, in Mannanam near here.

Observing that hate speech and writings are against culture, heritage, traditions, constitutional rights and ethics, Mr. Naidu said that secularism is in the blood of every Indian and that the country is respected in the the whole world for its culture and heritage.

In this context, the vice president called for strengthening the Indian value system, according to an official statement.

The vice president said community service should be made compulsory for students studying in public schools as well as private schools, as it would help them develop an attitude of sharing and caring in their interaction with others.

“Today there is an urgent need to instill the spirit of service from an early age in the youth of this country. Once this pandemic is behind us and normalcy returns, I would suggest that public schools as well as those in the private sector must make community service of at least two to three weeks compulsory for students, ”he said.

Urging young people to imbibe, protect and promote Indian cultural values, Mr. Naidu stressed the importance of the Indian philosophy of sharing and caring for others.

He said that living for others will not only give a person great satisfaction, but also make people remember that person for his good deeds for a long time.

The vice president said instilling a spirit of service in young people at school level would help them develop an attitude of sharing and caring in their interaction with others.

“In fact, the philosophy of sharing and caring is at the heart of India’s centuries-old culture and needs to be widely propagated. For us, the whole world is one family as encapsulated in our timeless ideal, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. “It is in this spirit that we must move forward together,” Mr. Naidu said.

Mr. Naidu also advised the young people to stay in good physical shape by doing yoga or any other form of physical exercise and “to love and live with nature”. He asked them to protect nature and preserve culture for a better future.

Highlighting the contributions of visionary spiritual leaders like the legendary social reformer Sree Narayana Guru and St Chavara in various fields, the Vice President also urged other states to take inspiration from Kerala in the fields of education, social justice and the empowerment of women.

“I would like to take this opportunity to urge other states to take inspiration from Kerala in the areas of education, social justice and women’s empowerment as outlined in the pioneering initiatives of Saint Chavara and Narayana Guru. Their groundbreaking work proves that every state can be transformed into an engine of growth and progress and that this can be achieved through the social and educational empowerment of women and young people belonging to the poorest strata of society, ”said Mr. Naidu.

He said that the benefits of development must seep down to the last man in the most backward and impoverished segments of our socio-economic order, as stated in the Anyodaya philosophy articulated by the visionary thinker, activist and reformer, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Mr. Naidu said that although Saint Chavara’s identity and vision was shaped and shaped on the ideals of his Catholic faith, his acts of social and educational service were not limited to the progress and development of this one community. .

“Saint Chavara combined the spirit of rebirth with the mission of charity and the noble Christian concept of universal brotherhood”, declared the vice-president and welcomed the involvement of these congregations founded by him in the fields education and health of the country.

Paying homage to Saint Chavara, he said that “this iconic spiritual and social leader of Kerala, whom people considered a saint during his lifetime, was a true visionary in every sense of the word”. He said that Saint Chavara engaged as a spiritual, educational, social and cultural reformer of Kerala society in the 19th century and richly contributed to the social awakening of the people.

Stating that Saint Chavara has contributed immensely to the achievement of community harmony and tolerance in society, Mr. Naidu said he has always shown deep concern for the well-being of all and taught us that Peaceful human relationships are sacred and more important than anything else.

“Today we need a Chavara in every community – a dominant individual with a vision to unite all sections of society socially and culturally, and move the country forward,” he said.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs V Muraleedharan, Minister of Cooperation and Registration, Government of Kerala, VN Vasavan, Former Chief Minister of Kerala Oommen Chandy, Lok Sabha MP Thomas Chazhikadan and Carmelite priests and nuns of Mary Immaculate (CMI) were present on the occasion.

The vice president also visited the tomb of Saint Chavara in Mannanam.

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