New Delhi, Nov 19 (IECurrentAffairs) Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said here that re-naming cities and institutes or erecting statues are not real tribute to any great personality adding that discrimination and patriotism cannot go hand in hand.
Inaugurating the ‘150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’, organised by FICCI and the FICCI-Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence on Monday evening, Mr Vice-President said, “Renaming a street, erecting statues or wearing caps alone is not a real tribute.”
“If one has to gain fame then they should try to get it by doing some work,” he added.
Speaking on cultural and social history of India, he said, “Discrimination of any kind on the basis of religion, caste, creed or social or economic status should not be confused with patriotism. That’s not India of Gandhi’s dreams.”
“Real ‘Swaraj’ or ‘Ramrajya’ is free from Bhay (Fear), Bhook (Hunger), Bhraschtachar (Corruption), and Bhedbhav (Discrimination), where even the poorest of the poor has opportunities to grow,” said Mr. Naidu adding that ‘Ramrajya’ is for all as Lord Rama is an embodiment of Indian culture and is not confined to any one religion or group.
The Vice President of India also handed over a cheque of Rs. 32 Lakh for sponsoring 202 ‘Charkhas’ to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman, Dr. Vinai Kumar Saxena, on behalf of Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives &Rural Development.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr Saxena said, “The growth in khadi sales had shot up to 37 per cent in the last four years compared with a growth of 6.8 per cent during 2004-14. This had also led to empowerment of people in large numbers.” He further added that Birla Group’s donation will empower about 200 rural families.
Promoting Ghandi’s idea of empowering the poor with the help of ‘Khadi’ handloom, he said that there is a need to bring ‘Khadi’ back into fashion by the trend-setters of our country. “Real growth and development will happen when the focus is turned on the plight of the farmers, weavers and craftsmen,” he concluded.
Speaking on the event, Chairperson of the 150th celebration committee and FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence, Rajshree Birla spread the message of kindness and love with Gandhi’s self-written bhajan-‘Namrata ke Saagar’ (Sea of gentleness). She said that Mahatma upheld the values of truth, ahimsa and brotherhood and still stands tall as a timeless leader.
While, FICCI President-Elect, Sandip Somany praised the efforts of present government in realising the dreams of Ghandiji by bringing the poor section into the mainstream development via Jan Dhan Yojana, Skill-development initiative, the Former VC of Gujarat Vidyapeeth- Dr. Sudershan Iyengar criticised the present forces in power for indulging in ‘Politics without Principles’ and ‘Commerce without morality’.