Kottayam: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed strong disapproval of attempts to ridicule other religions and create differences in the society, saying every person has the right to practice and propagate his faith in the country.
At an event to mark the 150th death anniversary of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, a spiritual leader and social reformer of the Kerala Catholic community, the Vice President said, “Practice your religion, but do not abuse and do not indulge in hate speech and writing.” Near here in Mannanam.
Observing that hate speech and writing are against the culture, heritage, traditions, constitutional rights and ethos, Shri Naidu said that secularism is in the blood of every Indian and the country is respected worldwide for its culture and heritage.
In this context, the Vice President called for strengthening the Indian value system, an official statement said.
The Vice President said that community service should be made mandatory for students studying in government and private schools as it would help them to develop an attitude of sharing and caring in their interactions with others.
“Today, there is a dire need to inculcate 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 in government schools as well as in the private sector Also making it mandatory for students to do at least two to three weeks of community service.”
Urging the youth to imbibe, protect and promote Indian cultural values, Shri Naidu highlighted the importance of India’s philosophy of sharing and caring for others.
He said that living for others will not only bring great satisfaction to the person but will also make people remember that person for his good deeds for a long time.
The Vice President said that inculcating a sense of service among the youth at the school level would help them develop an attitude of sharing and caring in their interactions with others.
“Indeed, the philosophy of share-and-care is at the core of India’s age-old culture and should be widely publicized. For us, the whole world is one family embodied in our timeless ideal ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. ‘. It is in this spirit that we should move forward together,” said Mr. Naidu.
Shri Naidu advised the youth to remain physically fit by doing yoga or any other form of physical exercise and “to love and live nature”. He asked them to protect the nature and preserve the culture for a better future.
Highlighting the contributions of visionary spiritual leaders like the great social reformer Sree Narayana Guru and Sant Chavra in various fields, the Vice President also urged other states to take inspiration from Kerala in the field of education, social justice and women’s empowerment.
“I would like to take this opportunity to urge other states to draw inspiration from Kerala in the field of education, social justice and women empowerment, as outlined in the pioneering initiatives of Sant Chavara and Narayana Guru. Their pioneering work proves that every The state can be turned into an engine of growth and progress and this can be achieved through social and educational empowerment of women and youth from the poorer sections of the society,” Shri Naidu said.
He said that as enunciated in the philosophy of Antyodaya expressed by the visionary thinker, activist and reformer Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, the benefits of development should reach the last person of the most backward and poor section of our socio-economic system.
Shri Naidu said that though the identity and vision of Sant Chavara was built on the ideals of his Catholic faith, his works of social and educational services were not limited to the progress and development of that community only.
“Sant Chavara combined the spirit of the Renaissance with the mission of charity and the noble Christian concept of universal brotherhood,” said the Vice President and expressed happiness over the participation of these congregations established by him in the educational and health sectors in the country.
Paying tribute to Sant Chavra, he said, “This eminent spiritual and social leader of Kerala, who was considered a saint by people in his lifetime, was a true visionary in every sense.” He said that Sant Chavara involved himself as a spiritual, educational, social and cultural reformer of Kerala society in the 19th century and contributed immensely to the social awakening of the people.
Stating that Sant Chavra contributed immensely in achieving communal harmony and tolerance in the society, Shri Naidu said that he always showed deep concern for the well being of all and taught us that peaceful human relations are sacred and more important than anything else. Huh.
He stressed, “Today, we need a chavara in every community – a big man with a vision to unite all sections of the society socially and culturally and take the country forward.”
Minister of State for External 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 senior priests and nuns of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI) were present. chance.
The Vice President also visited the tomb of Sant Chavara at Mannanam.
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