The Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu said today that ‘welfare of all’ and ‘share and care’ have been the core of Indian philosophy since ages and are ingrained in Indian value system.
Speaking at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Sri Satya Sai Orphanage Trust –Kerala, the Vice President called Sri Satya Sai Baba as India’s one of the most revered spiritual gurus who devoted his entire life to bring about spiritual regeneration and spread the message of truth, love and peace to unite all mankind.
Quoting Sri Satya Sai’s message – “Service to mankind is service to God”, M Venkaiah Naidu expressed happiness that Sri Satya Sai Orphanage Trust has been continuously working for the social, economic, cultural and spiritual development of the society through various projects.
He specially admired the fact that the Trust runs several educational institutions and none of these has a cash counter as all education is free of cost. All other services of the Trust are also provided whithout any charges.
Talking about Saigramam, the central project of Sri Satya Sai Trust in Thiruvananthapuram, M Venkaiah Naidu likened it to the Gandhian vision of Grama Swaraj or a self –governed and self-reliant village.
He appreciated that it has achieved self sufficiency in different areas like Rain Water harvesting, Biogas plant, Solar Street Light, Gokulam Dairy Farm, Agriculture etc. and stressed that Saigramam can be a role model for village development in India.
Calling Kerala a land of great visionaries such as Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri, Shri Narayan Guru and Chitra Tirunal, the Vice President opined that Kerala had huge potential for tourism due to its splendid natural beauty.
He called for promoting the concept of social tourism as it could boost local economy. “This may also give a fillip to the conservation of nature and preservation of our rich cultural heritage and traditions”, he said.
M Venkaiah Naidu expressed concerns over the decline of many of our traditional art forms and called for immediate steps to revitalise these rich cultural treasures.
India is bound by a common cultural bond. Let us strive to understand and strengthen these bonds which unite all of us, Vice President said.
He expressed happiness that Sri Satya Sai Orphanage Trust is planning to revive and rejuvenate the near extinct art forms and traditional crafts through promotion of social tourism.
“It is good that Sri Satya Sai Orphanage Trust plans to bring artists and artisans practicing rare art forms, adopt them, provide them space to practice their art, impart training to youngsters in their art form and create a performing stage where performances can be held periodically”, he said.
The Vice President also appreciated the good work done by the Trust during disasters such as cyclone Ockhi and Kerala floods. He expressed hopes that the Trust would keep doing the good work for betterment of the society.
Arif Mohammed Khan, Governor of Kerala, OomenChandy, MLA & Former Chief Minister of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran, Minister for Co-operation, Tourism and Devaswom, Kerala, Justice (Retd.) A. Lakshmikutty, Chairperson, Sathya Sai Orphanage Trust, Adoor Prakash, Member of Parliament, O. Rajagopal, MLA, K.N. Ananda Kumar, Founder and Executive Director, Sathya Sai Orphanage Trust, K. Gopakumaran Nair, Senior Vice Chairman of Trust, Srikanth. P Krishnan, Member of Trust, Muttathara Vijayakumar, Member of Trust were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.