New Delhi, August 27, 2020: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu called for the nurturing of entrepreneurial talent among the youth of the nation to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ in the time to come.
He said that we must tap into theentrepreneurial talent and technological skill of every citizen of the nation and harness our local resources to attain self-reliance and to serve the humanity at large.
He was addressing a Webinar on Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s contribution to the dissemination of Gandhi’s philosophy for social uplift and Bhoodan Movement.
Calling for the creation of a Sashakt Bharat, a Swabhimani Bharat and an Atmanirbhar Bharat that Vinoba and Gandhi had envisioned, the Vice President said that India’s concept of self-reliance is not about being ultra-nationalist and protectionist but to become a significant partner in global welfare.
Speaking of the timelessness of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas, Naidu said that Gandhi remains our beacon even today because he was an innovator who constantly experimented.
He said that Gandhi was courageous to take up causes that were challenging like untouchability.
“We admire him for his sincerity, honesty and deep empathy for the people he was serving,” he added.
Observing that Harijan Sevak Sangh was established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1932 out of his own deep conviction in the principles of Poona Pact, the Vice President said that to Gandhi, Poona Pact was an article of faith and
matter of trust to uplift the lives of depressed class, to restore justice and honour to them.
Naidu said that our freedom struggle was not merely a political movement but also a call for a national resurgence and sociocultural awakening.
He opined that empowerment of masses was a key component of our freedom movement and said that Gandhi wished for India to stay united against colonial rule, take great pride in its culture, language and rediscover its inherent strengths.
Observing that Mahatma Gandhi showed civility even in disobedience, the Vice President said that he had internalized the ancient Indian ethos of ‘share and care’.
Terming Acharya Vinoba Bhave as an ideal disciple of Gandh, Naidu said that he believed that the essence of Indianness is a caring attitude and of sacrifice and service.
Speaking of Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan movement, the Vice President said that much like Gandhi, Vinoba brought about change with-out coercion, without violence and demonstrated that positive, lasting changes are possible with people’s active participation.
Referring to the long walk of about 70,000 km undertaken by Vinoba over the course of 14 years which resulted in the donation of 42 lakh acres of land for the landless farmers.