Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that the recent session of UNGA presented a clear choice between peaceful coexistence and pursuit of conflicts bordering on perversion. He said it brought out in focus diametrically, opposite visions powered by statesmanship soaring high in the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its opposite of brinkmanship stooping too low.
Addressing a gathering after presenting the 20th Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence, 2019 to Plant Scientist Dr Manju Sharma in New Delhi today, Vice President Naidu appreciated the way India effectively unveiled its vision for peace and development for humanity at the ongoing 74th UNGA Session in contrast to the mindset that believes in violence, terrorism, and warmongering for short-sighted vested interests.
The Vice President said that the choice was clear for the humanity to choose between the model of Statesmanship showcased by India to march on the path of peaceful development rather than choosing the brinkmanship-model that has no concern for the larger good of humanity.
He complimented the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a firm yet dignified stand against these highly condemnable acts of the neighbour.
Vice President Naidu said that PM Modi championed the cause of peace and prosperity for the larger good by giving a crisp-account of the unfolding development narrative of India that was aimed at achieving Sustainable Development Goals, a cause dearer to the UN and the comity of nations committed to the welfare and future of humanity across the globe.
Asserting that terrorism was the enemy of mankind and those who aid and abet terror and violence must be isolated, he said that India continued to firmly adhere to its values in spite of grave provocation from the neighbour who unabashedly aids and abets terrorism.
Pointing out that India since time immemorial has always embraced the values of peace, tolerance, brotherhood and harmony, the Vice President said that India has handled the escalation of tensions with remarkable restraint, grace, and poise.
The Vice President said that tallest leaders of the nation like Shastri Ji firmly believed that peace was the first step to prosperity. He said that their belief, which has deep roots Indian philosophy, helped them handle and defuse extraordinarily volatile situations with ease and poise.
Vice President Naidu said that Shastri Ji’s ability to communicate, the values and morals that he taught and lived by would transcend time and generations to come.
Referring to Shastri Ji’s address to the nation during the India-Pak war in 1965, the Vice President said that he proposed peaceful coexistence to bring an end to conflicts.
Asserting that a subcontinent at peace would benefit all and that constant strife, hostility, conflict and terror drags us all down, Vice President Naidu said that Shastri Ji’s words serve as a guiding light in our efforts to bring peace and prosperity to the sub-continent.
The Vice President asked the youngsters to learn about the exemplary life of Lal Bahadur Shastri and draw inspiration from it to serve the nation with zeal and passion.
Vice President congratulated Dr Manju Sharma for receiving the honour and said that such recognition would inspire many more talented women to pursue scientific research and encourage many to pursue a career in science, technology, innovation and research in India.