Indian diaspora successful because of Indian values: VP

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu addresses the valedictory session at the first ever PIO Parliamentarians' Conference in New Delhi on January 9, 2018

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu addresses the valedictory session at the first ever PIO Parliamentarians’ Conference in New Delhi on January 9, 2018

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressed the valedictory session of first ever PIO-Parliamentarians Conference in Delhi on Tuesday evening.

In his key note speech, The Vice President asserted that the success of the Indian diaspora in different parts of the world stemmed from the strength of the Indian values.

Lauding the success of the over three crore Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) across the world, the Vice President said, “The presence of such a large number of elected representatives of Indian origin in legislatures of such a large number of countries from across the world goes beyond the symbolism of the expanding horizons of the influence of India in the global scheme of things. In my considered view, it is a clear reflection of the strength of the Indian values of inclusivity and assimilation, nurtured and consolidated over the centuries since ancient times”.

Elaborating further on Indian values and traditions, the Vice President said, “This land of ours had assimilated in its fold over the centuries, a large variety of people who came here for a variety of reasons including for learning, commerce and trade, religious propagation and even invaders. Every such encounter had further enriched the syncretic nature of our traditional values and ethos. The inhabitants of the motherland of India and those who have roots here can be genuinely proud of such time tested values which constitute the principle of unity of mankind”.

While speaking about Indian nationalism, the Vice President highlighted how India was one of the few countries in the world which did not have a history of invading any other country.

“We have no history of India attacking any country, at any time….that is the speciality of this great land because we believe in human values, we believe in harmony and living together,” said Naidu.

Elaborating further, the Vice President noted, “When we talk of Indian Nationalism, we refer to the pride that is associated with such inclusive humanism, which is native to this land. Some deviant words and deeds of some misguided persons can in no way dent the quality and strength of the core values of our motherland”.

Naidu asserted that while the citizens take pride in the spirit of Indian nationalism that unites the people of different social and religious hues cohabiting in the country, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) imbibe and uphold the ethos and values of those countries which again is a manifestation of the spirit of ‘assimilation’ which is at the heart of core Indian values.

The Vice President said the Indian diaspora, which is the second largest such community in the world, has contributed enormously to strengthening India’s cultural, literary, political and economic bonds across the world. He also urged them to continue their contribution and become instrumental in building a ‘New India’.

The Vice President also spoke out against terror, calling for unity among countries to tackle the global menace.