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Posted On : 22 Sep, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Mohali 
Regulation is important for democracy to survive: Naidu
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today asserted that democracy can survive only if there are regulations in place, as freedom too comes with its own limitations.

Naidu, who was here to inaugurate the 15th edition of the Indian School of Business (ISB) Leadership Summit 2017, said that no one can hurt anyone's feeling or create social tensions in the name of freedom of expression.

"Regulation is very much needed in a democracy, if democracy has to survive. Yes, freedom of expression of an individual is very much important, but at the same time unity of the nation is also important.

"Dissent is agreeable... but nowadays some sort of a debate is going on that you have freedom and you want to do this, you want to do that, but freedom also has some limitations," he cautioned.

Naidu, while giving his speech, also pointed towards young ISB students, who were part of the gathering, and said: "you know what fate you will meet if you go out this Mohali campus on your vehicle and follow no norms or rules, and move on the road the way you like".

"That is why some regulation is needed," he added.

Talking about 'secularism' and 'tolerance', Naidu said that it is embedded in Indian consciousness and "some incidents here or there cannot brand the entire society".

He said that tolerance has been part of India's culture and added that history tells that India was invaded and ruled by others, but has never been an aggressor.

"Also, secularism is strong in India not because of the Constitution... not because of this leader or that leader, it is (strong) because it is in the DNA of Indian people the Bharatiyas, it is there in everybody's blood," he added.

Naidu also said that India was a multi-lingual, multi- cultural and multi-plural society, whose strength was unity in diversity.

He said secularism has been embedded in the Indian consciousness since time immemorial, since the time of the Vedas and Puranas.

"Secularism has been embedded in the Indian consciousness since time immemorial...Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (whole world is like one family) and today we give slogan like 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'... 'Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavanthu' (let everyone be happy)," he said.

The philosophy of the country is "no discrimination on the basis of religion, appeasement of none and justice for all".

"Our founding fathers dreamed of a democratic India in which all citizens will have justice -- social, economic and political. Second, liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship, equality of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and unity and integrity of the nation.

"Irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion and region, India is one, we are one nation, one people and one country," he said.

According to the vice president, our ancient history and heritage could be a source of inspiration to the young.

"Our recent history can reveal the progress we have made and point us to a set of potential new directions," he said.

Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore, Union minister Jayant Sinha and Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mohindra, among others were also present at the event.

Politics should be confined to elections: Vice president

 India has enormous challenges but development should be the only focus, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said today, adding politics should be confined to elections.

Speaking at the 15th edition of the Indian School of Business Leadership Summit 2017 here, the vice president underlined the importance of collectively rooting out corruption, communalism, casteism, fundamentalism, criminalisation of politics, gender discrimination and atrocities on women and weaker sections.

"We have to tap into our inner strengths and with a collective will and tireless striving as Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore said 'we must build a new India'.

"We need to keep adding new chapters to India's fascinating growth story. All of us should be the co-authors of this evolving document," he said.

Invoking Mahatma Gandhi, Naidu said the father of the nation once talked about 'Ram Rajya' "where there is no deception, exploitation, discrimination or harassment...that is called 'adarsh' (ideal) state".

The VP said that as a nation, one needed to focus on development.

"The challenges are enormous. The agenda has to be development, development, development through good governance and not controversies. We are a free nation now, we are independent, we do not have any foreign rulers now, we are ruling ourselves...politics should be confined to elections, once the elections are over everybody should focus on development.

"States must compete with each other, and then the Centre and states must work together like Team India," he said.

Naidu said terrorism had no religion and it was the enemy of humanity.

"In my view, the India of tomorrow will be a country which will translate the dreams of our freedom fighters into tangible reality. It will be an India that will transform the quality of life of the citizens," he said, asserting that the country was marching on the path of progress.

Referring to the concept of 'Smart Cities', Naidu said these were the cities where life was comfortable like having round-the-clock water supply and electricity, rain water harvesting, good roads, cycling tracks, public transport etc.

"Of course, smart cities cannot be built overnight. They cannot be built by just making a cities require a smart not in terms of height, or one who wears good coat, hat etc...but a leader with a vision, conviction and clarity," he said.

Talking about his vision for the country, the vice president said, "It will be an India that will internalise and live the values of democracy and inclusion as a way of life.

"It will be an India that places people, especially those who are the poorest of the poor at the centre of the development process. It will be an India that encourages each Indian to realize his or her potential.

"It will be an India where women get equal opportunities along with men. See our 'puranas', women are given highest importance. All the rivers in our country--Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri, Narmada, Mahanadi, Tapti are named after women. We also call our country 'Bharat Mata' or Mother India," he said.

Naidu also called for innovations in multiple spheres.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call of 'Reform, Perform and Transform'," he said while pointing out that innovation was the need of the hour.

Quoting the World Bank, the vice president said the country remains a favourite destination among global investors.

"A statement by the World Bank said with 1.2 billion people and the world's third largest economy in purchasing power parity terms, India's recent growth has been a significant achievement.

"Life expectancy has more than doubled, literacy rates have quadrupled, health conditions have improved, and a sizable middle class has emerged. India is now home to globally recognised companies in pharmaceuticals, steel, information and space technologies, and enjoys a voice on the international stage that is more in keeping with its size and potential," Naidu said quoting the global body.