Vice President calls for bridging social gaps within society

RSTV Bureau

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called for bridging of inequalities within the society. He was speaking at a book launch event in the capital. He released the book ‘Bharat ke Rajneta – Ramdas Athawale’ authored by Rajiv Suman. The book is on Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, who also heads the Republican Party of India.

Praising Athawale, the Vice President said that the book talks about Athawale’s approach of peaceful resistance and protest that strengthens the democracy. He also added that it was important to identify glaring inequalities and take concrete action to bridge the gaps.

Praising Athawale, the Vice President said he has emerged as vocal leader for the emancipation of Dalits in modern society. He said that the book highlights his accomplishments on crucial issues like, equal opportunities for all citizens, representation of women in Parliament and legislatures and protection indigenous tribal population.

The Vice President also advocated development with dignity.

The Vice President called for critical introspection, strong political will, committed implementation and transformation of mindset. He also stressed on the fact that violence, hatred and divisive politics cannot achieve positive results.

“You cannot call yourself a good civilization unless and until you eliminate discrimination in the name of cast, colour and creed,” the Vice President said.

The issue of social justice prevailed in national discourse on Wednesday as both houses of Parliament witnessed uproar over the issue of violent clashes between Marathas and Dalit groups yesterday in some parts of Maharashtra.

Several Dalit groups had called Maharashtra bandh on Wednesday to protest violence in Bhima-Koregaon battle yatra. The bandh affected normal life in cities including Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.