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Be in the forefront in fight against social evils, bigotry and prejudices: Venkaiah Naidu tells youth

New Delhi: The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu called upon the youth to strive to build a new India, which is free of fear, corruption, hunger, discrimination, illiteracy, poverty, caste barriers and urban-rural divide.

Shri Naidu asked the youth to develop a constructive attitude and focus on achieving perfection in whatever they do. ‘Learn to preserve traditional values, shun negativism, develop a positive attitude, be socially conscientious, peace-loving and affectionate’, he said.

Interacting with Delhi University students, who called on him at his residence today, the Vice President said that it was ‘Advantage India now’. With India consistently achieving a growth rate of more than 7% for the past few years, he said the Indian economy was projected to become the third largest in the coming 10-15 years.

Saying that the future belongs to those who dare to dream and possess the courage, resilience and competence to create a better tomorrow, the Vice President said that one must strive to build an inclusive and a prosperous New India and usher in ‘Ram Rajya.

Asserting that knowledge would be the driver of Indian Economy, he called for reorienting of the higher education system to make it globally competitive. ‘The overhauling of the education system should totally eliminate the colonial mindset and teach real history, ancient civilization, culture and heritage and instil the values of nationalism among the students,’ he said.

The Vice President wanted the students to develop an attitude of gratitude, empathy, sharing and caring and told them to become sensitive to the needs of fellow human beings. “You must be in the forefront in the fight against social evils, bigotry,  prejudices and promote gender equity and inclusiveness”, he added.

Emphasizing that the time has come for India to once again emerge as the global knowledge hub, the Vice President opined that the seats of learning, especially the universities must reorient their ways of teaching, functioning and equip the students to seamlessly transit into the choice of their profession or enable them to become self-employed.

Referring to India’s demographic advantage, he stressed the provide adequate skilling and knowledge so that youth could become job creators instead of allowing job seekers.

Observing that India was being recognized and respected for its tremendous growth and age-old civilization values, the Vice President said the adoption of  UN resolution declaring June 21 as ‘The International Day of Yoga’ by 177 countries was a testimony to India’s growing influence.

Referring to the seven sins listed by the Father of  the Nation,  Mahatma Gandhi-- “Wealth without Work, Pleasure without Conscience, Knowledge without Character, Commerce without Morality, Science without Humanity, Religion without Sacrifice and Politics without Principle –he said they must become the guiding principles for shaping the ethical values of individuals, society, country and the world at large.

Shri Naidu reminded the youth about the importance of Character, Calibre, Capacity, Conduct, compassion, hard work and discipline to achieve success and realize their dreams. He asked them to always remember five things – Mother, Mother tongue, Native Place, Motherland and Guru.

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