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Panaji: Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday appealed the youth to shun negativism and “not to encourage violence.”
He also said that youth should academically study all the issues including CAA before forming their opinion.
Naidu was addressing 32nd annual convocation function of Goa university held on Monday in Panaji. Chancellor of the university Governor Satya Pal Malik and state chief minister Pramod Sawant were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering after giving the degrees, Naidu said “I am also happy that in recent times people are talking about the importance of the Constitution. It indeed is a positive sign and every citizen must follow the Constitution in letter and spirit.”
“Also, everyone should follow constitutional methods to achieve his/ her goals. We should not only be concerned about fundamental rights but also about duties. Rights and responsibilities must go together,” he added.
The Vice President further said that the need of the hour is to channelize the energies of the youth in constructive, nation-building activities.
“My advice to youth is to shun negativism and not to encourage violence. There is no place for violence in a democracy,” he commented without referring to any specific instance.
“Be constructive and not obstructive or disruptive. Develop a positive outlook,” he said.
Without referring to any country or subject, Naidu said that the some of our troubling neighbours are trying to advice us.
“They should not meddle with internal happening of our country,” he said.
“If you need to progress, then you need to have peace. We can’t have outside interference in India’s internal affairs. We are able to take of ourselves, thank you,” he commented.
Naidu appealed youth to academically study the issue like section 370, triple talaque and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) before forming their opinion.
“Do not just rely on newspapers and the headlines. Take good advantage of social media,” he said.
Speaking further, Naidu said that the Climate change and global warming are two of the biggest challenges the world is facing today and all nations have to step up their efforts to protect the environment and reduce carbon footprint.
“We need to ensure that man does not tamper with nature but learns to co-exist in harmony with nature for a greener, life-enhancing future,” he said.
“Illiteracy, diseases, challenges in farm sector and social evils like atrocities on women and weaker sections, child labour, terrorism, communalism and corruption have to be eradicated to build a New and Resurgent India,” he added.
Naidu said that it is true that these challenges have to be combated in a concerted manner by all conscientious citizens but I expect the youth of the country to be in the forefront of this noble mission.
“This is the time for all sections, particularly the youth to be at the forefront of making India stronger on all fronts,” he commented.
“Please remember that discipline, honesty and total commitment to hard work are essential prerequisites for success in any field, including public life,” Naidu said.
The Vice President suggested that the people should always select and elect leaders on the basis of four Cs—Good Conduct, Character, Capacity and Caliber and not on the basis of other four Cs— Caste, Community, Cash and Criminality.