Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today interacted with children from many government and private schools from all across Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other neighbouring states who travelled to Delhi to take part in the Children’s day celebrations held at the Upa Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Vice President Naidu said that Children’s Day was celebrated on the birthday of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru as a tribute to ‘Chacha Nehru’s fondness for children. “Nehru loved children and always stood for their education. He always desired for children to have joyful and fulfilling childhoods”, he added.
Observing that Jawahar Lal Nehru was perhaps the leader who inspired children, or the ‘future citizens’ as he called them, the most, in India, the Vice President said that he was a true visionary whose vision of India was fired by educational institutions, steel plants and powered by dams.
Highlighting Nehru’s efforts to create a scientific temper, Vice President Naidu spoke of his zeal to establish centres of higher learning. “He set up temples of modern learning and giant public sector industries that catered to the needs of a growing nation and its people”, he said.
Describing true ‘Nationalism’ as the collective well-being of the entire population, the Vice President said that Pandit Nehru and the other iconic leaders who fought for our freedom envisaged a resurgent India. “To these leaders, Bharat Mata or Mother India, was essentially these millions of people, and victory to her meant victory to these people”, he added.
He attributed the credit of India being a vibrant democracy, an industrial powerhouse, a knowledge partner, a globally respected military power and a technology and space innovator to the strong foundations laid by many leaders like Pandit Nehru.
He urged students to learn about the lives of these great men and women and draw inspiration from their life and work.
Vice President Naidu opined that our education system must mould ideal and responsible citizens, who are socially conscientious with a national outlook. He emphasized that it was essential for youngsters to know about India’s cultural heritage, traditions, history, the role of national icons and freedom fighters and also the contributions of social reformers.
He told the children that they were the future of the nation and asked them to inculcate Indian values and understand and respect India’s great heritage, culture and traditions.
He advised them to treat fellow human beings with respect and compassion and urged them to become true nationalists by learning to put the interests of the nation above everything else. “You should rise above the caste, creed, religious and other divisive differences and imbibe the virtues of ‘Sharing and Caring’ in line with our Bharatheeya Philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva kutumbakam’.
The Vice President also asked for sports to be made a compulsory part of education, especially in Primary and Upper Primary levels and said that playing sports not only ensures good health but also inculcates team spirit and sportsmanship. He also emphasized the need to teach children Yoga and encouraged them to take part in voluntary activities such as NSS, NCC
and Scouts and Guides, etc.
Asking children to spend time in the lap of nature, Vice President Naidu asked them to be active partners in protecting and preserving the environment. He also told them to be partners in national missions such as Swachh Bharath, Fit India and to take part in India’s efforts to eradicate single-use plastics. “Nature, culture together for better future”, he said. He also asked children
to always respectfully remember Mother, Mother tongue, Motherland and Janma Bhumi and Guru.
The Vice President said that women’s education and empowerment was an essential precondition to the development of the nation. He described women’s education as a priority mission and said that no compromises can be made when it comes to giving the women of the country equal opportunities for growth and an equal platform to contribute to the progress of the nation.
Earlier in the day, the Vice President interacted with students and office bearers of the Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES). Vice President Naidu applauded PPES for the invaluable service they are rendering to women's education and empowerment in Anoopshahr and Bulandshahr districts of Uttar Pradesh.
He said that it was truly heartening to note that the Society, in addition to facilitating education for young women from underprivileged backgrounds, was also imparting essential life skills and financial assistance to them, thus securing a promising future to these bright young women.
The Vice President especially appreciated the founder of PPES, Virender (Sam) Singh who retired as the CEO of Dupont, South Asia, for his yeoman service to humanity and expressed sincere hopes that, in the time to come, the Pardada Pardadi Educational Society would spread its wings to bring more and more young women into its fold, securing the country & future.
The Vice President observed that India is surging ahead on the path to rapid, inclusive and sustainable development. He told the children that they have a very bright future ahead of them and asked them to make the best possible use of the endless opportunities available to them.