Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the importance of world peace for the progress of humanity and said that ‘terrorism, division and hatred have no place in a civilized society’ .
Interacting with students from Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership at Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas, Naidu reiterated that Indians are not only proud of their own culture but also respect all cultures and religions.
“We believe in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is one family),” he added.
He said that India is the most secular country in the world and anyone, regardless of religion, can hold the highest constitutional office.
Emphasizing the importance of unity in diversity, he said that “sharing and caring are the core values of Indian civilization”.
The Vice President denounced the denigration of any religion or religious icon saying it is against Indian culture, which believes in pluralism and inclusion.
“Hate speech or derogatory comments against a religion should not be made. This is not acceptable,” the vice president said.
Responding to a wide range of questions from students, Naidu said that while protesting is a democratic right, resorting to violent means would harm the interests of the nation.
Expressing concern over disruption in legislatures, he said the way forward should be to “discuss, debate and decide” not disrupt.
He said “parties should determine whether they are strengthening or weakening democracy.” He urged the media to refrain from highlighting unruly behavior in legislatures, but to focus on constructive debates.
The vice president has fought to give women adequate representation in all areas, including politics.
Addressing the students on the qualities necessary for leadership, he said that in public life, one must be disciplined and dedicated to the cause of the people.
“More than ideology, ideal behavior is important,” he stressed. He stressed the importance of teamwork, good communication skills and frequent interaction with people to become a good leader.