The need of the hour is for people to stay united, shun violence and work towards equality in all aspects to enable India progress, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday evening.
Speaking after inaugurating an exhibition, ‘New India resolve to achieve’, to mark the platinum jubilee of the Quit India Movement at Anna University in Chennai, he said that seven decades after the country had achieved Independence, issues such as poverty, illiteracy, gender inequality and caste discrimination were still prevalent.
“We must all resolve to fight these evils and work towards the country’s progress…The challenge before society is to eradicate corruption, social discrimination, gender bias, female infanticide, dowry. We must resolve and fight these social evils together” Naidu said.
He called the recent Supreme Court verdict on ‘triple talaq’ historic.
“In a country where Goddess of education is Saraswathi, Goddess of wealth is Lakshmi, and Goddess of valour is Durga, it is a shame that atrocities against women are still persisting in society. This should be eliminated,” he said.
He also urged the political leadership both at the Centre and states to fight the evils, including terrorism.
“There is no place for violence in a democratic society and must be curbed. We have to stand united against it. If violence takes place, people are the losers,” Naidu said while referring to violence in some parts of the country.
Naidu also batted for finding ways to make agriculture profitable and sustainable for the farming community. He also stressed on the need to get rid if the urban-rural divide.
“Urban and rural divide needs to be bridged. Social discrimination needs to be weeded out. Division on the basis of caste and religion have no place in the country.”
Naidu further said it was imperative to preserve the freedom, which was won after a long struggle. He exhorted the people, especially the youth, to resolve to eliminate casteism, communalism, corruption, gender bias, illiteracy and poverty.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar praised Naidu’s journey from a student leader to becoming the country’s vice-president.
(With inputs from PTI)