Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the world leaders to isolate nations that promote and abet terror. Describing terror as an enemy of humanity, Vice President Naidu said that it was time to join hands to eliminate the menace reject those who perpetrate violence and create unrest.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Global conference on ‘Unity, Peace and Prosperity through Spirituality’ organized by Brahma Kumaris in Mount Abu, Rajasthan, he said that choice was clear before everybody to choose between “the ones advocating peace, progress, prosperity and development and the ones preaching violence, hatred and bloodshed”
Stating that India has always upheld the idea of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” by treating the whole world as one family, Vice President Naidu said that it always wished for the peaceful coexistence with others and never acted as an aggressor. “We believe in the philosophy of Sarve Jana Skhino Bhavantu, we want peaceful coexistence of everybody. Despite being known as Vishwaguru, India never attacked anybody”, he added.
Saying that it was ironic that even in the era of technology, communities were being identified on the basis of religion and caste, Vice PresidentNaidu said that those who were spreading violence, terrorism in the name of religion were really opposed to religion.
Opining that only spiritual knowledge could ensure true peace, unity, harmony, and stability in the world and well-being of all humanity, Vice President Naidu said that spirituality was the basis of all religions and the same spiritual thread binds them together.
“Significance of religion is not in its geographical spread but in giving spiritual peace and stability to humanity. One must understand the inherent spiritual unity of all religions. We have only studied the history of religions, their geographical spread – not their inherent spiritual unity,” he added.
Pointing out that Science and Technology has the ability to bring in a positive change in lives of people and humanity at large, the Vice President said that spiritual knowledge was needed to show the welfare path to science.
He cautioned against the misuse of the progress of science and technology by terrorists and terror groups and called for effective utilization of technology to spread Indian the message of universal peace and welfare to the remote corners of the world.
Opining that a New India was taking shape with the aspirations and energy of our youth and young entrepreneurs, the Vice President said opportunities must be provided to them to address challenges faced by the present-day world.
Vice President Naidu said that one must not forget the spiritual moorings including our rich heritage of Yoga, spiritualism, tolerance and peaceful coexistence as he or she adapts to fast-changing technologies.
He called upon organizations such as Brahma Kumari’s and other voluntary organizations to take part in programs such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat, Water Conservation, Poshan Abhiyan, Removal of Single-Use Plastic and said it would help in bringing significant social change in people’s mindset and behaviour.
Arguing in favour of a value-based education that ensures lasting peace, stability in the society and creates a just, equitable social order, he said: “If the conflicts emerge from the minds of the men than the differences of peace too should be built-in the thoughts, ideologies, and attitudes of people through education and shaping of their value-systems.”