15
Saturday
December 2018
9:18 PM IST
News Headlines
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media        Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, says his son after court setback        Rahul Gandhi After Rafale Verdict: "Will Prove PM Helped Anil Ambani"        Author Amitav Ghosh Honoured With 54th Jnanpith Award        Supreme Court sees no wrongdoing in Rafale deal, rules out probe        India bowled a little bit short, Australia pacers could benefit: Border        ISL: FC Goa thrash NorthEast United 5-1        BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma Register Easy Wins To Enter Semifinals        Diving legend says HIV-contracted friend inspired him to Olympic gold        India beat Pakistan to reach final of Emerging Teams Asia Cup        Boosting exports key to make India $5-tn economy by 2025: Kant        Prabhu, US Commerce Secretary to discuss trade issues on Feb 14        Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN        Britain's May sees no 'immediate breakthrough' at EU        Poll results prove Ram Temple or communal polarisation doesn't cut ice with people: Sinha        Ashok Gehlot appeals to Cong workers in Raj to maintain peace        Rahul tweets pic with Kamal Nath, Scindia as race for CM moves to Bhopal        Aussies will fight back, but India has upper hand: Ghavri        World Tour Finals: Tough road ahead for Sindhu; Sameer too eyes knockout berth        Govt should consider 100% FDI in multi-brand retail trade: CII report        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
Kerala News
Vice President cautions against mixing religion and politics
 
(Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 17, 2018): Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Friday cautioned against mixing religion with politics and said religion was "personal" and a "way of worship."

Closing temples in the name of caste is "totally wrong" and against the dharma, culture and the visions of the country, he said.

Delivering the annual Sree Chithira Thirunal Memorial Lecture here, Naidu said "social justice" and "inclusion" were a part of the genesis of independent India and "we couldnt have had a really free nation with a sizable unfree population."

In the socio-economic context of pre-independent India, removal of barriers to social integration of the dalits was a big challenge, he said.

Naidu said there were dalit movements demanding temple entry in different parts of India. Dalits had forced their way into Jagannath Temple in Odisha and Chamundi shrine in Rajasthan.

"Politics should not get into religion and religion should not get into politics," he said.

"Religion is personal...it is a way of worship...we may pray to Allah..we may pray to Jesus Christ...we may pray Rama.. Krishna...Sai Baba...Lord Ayyappa...," he said.

"If we believe in vasudhaiva kutumbakam and the spirit of the country is to treat everybody equal, how can anyone discriminate people on the basis of religion and caste?," Naidu asked. India cannot be called an ideal nation and an egalitarian civilised society, if people are divided like this, he said adding that the country had a tradition to treat everybody equal.

"Why is Indian civilisation still surviving strong, vibrant...because we believe in sarva jana sukhino bhavantu... vasudhaiva kutumbakam...the entire universe is one family..we believe in the welfare of everbody...we take care of the well being of our neighbours...," he said.

India has no history of attacking any country and it never believed in aggression, he said.

Naidu said people should be elected and selected on the basis of four Cs--character,calibre, capacity and conduct. Unfortunately, some political fronts in the country go by three Cs--caste, community and cash, he said.

Detailing the responsibilities of administrators, the Vice President said a king or a democratic government has to be ever vigilant, ever watchful, and ever open to new trends.

"They need to be responsive to the changing needs and times if they have to stay relevant," he said.

Lavishing praise on erstwhile Travancore King Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, Naidu said his historic Temple Entry Proclamation in 1936 was a "bold step."

"Sree Chithira Thirunal was a trailblazer in establishing sound systems of education and health.

The erstwhile king was veritably an icon of good governance embodying the essence of "Indianness".

"He visualized that socio-economic development must be inclusive. He knew that this would necessitate broadening the base of education and universalize access to good quality education," the vice president said.

Naidu also urged people to draw inspiration from the great social reformer and work collectively to shape a vibrant, forward-looking India in the years to come.

The 24th Sree Chithira Thirunal Memorial Lecture was organised by the state-based Sree Chithira Thirunal Smaraka Samithy at the Kanakakunnu Palace here.

Governor Justice P Sathasivam, state minister of cultural affairs A K Balan and members of the royal family attended the function.(PTI)


Activist Rehana Fathima, Who Attempted Sabarimala Trek, Arrested Over Facebook Post
Good news for Keralite Nurses: IELTS cut-off reduced to 6.5
BJP leader K Surendran, 71 others granted bail
Sabarimala protests: Arrests up to 2061, Kerala HC warns police
Vijayan urges UAE Keralites to back salary challenge
Sabarimala row: Protests against SC verdict continue
Balabhaskar's wife Lakshmi shifted to ICU
Idukki dam's one shutter opened
Eight pacts signed after Modi-Putin summit
Kerala not to open Idukki dam today
Violinist Balabhaskar's wife Lekshmi slightly recovers
Red alert issued in Idukki and Malappuram
Heavy rain in Palakkad; Malambuzha dam to be opened
Sabarimala Verdict: Kerala won't file a review petition, says CM
Violinist Balabhaskar laid to rest
Sabarimala verdict: Siva Sena calls for hartal on Monday
No case will be filed against MLA P.K. Sasi
Alert issued in Munnar as the shutter of Mattuppetty dam lifted
High Court bars KSRTC strike
Soldier in me helped fight nature's might: Smiling Abhilash Tomy thanks rescuers
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Vaikom Vijayalekshmi ties knot with Anoop
 Vaikom: Playback singer Vaikom Vijayalekshmi has tied knot with Anoop N. at Vaikom Mahadeva temple.  
Mohanlal's Odiyan: Official trailer launched
Mammootty narrates Odiyan's intro?
Sradha Kapoor as Saina Nehwal: First look poster is out.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media
 (Washington, Dec 14, 2018):Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is on t
Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, says his son after court setback
Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN
Britain's May sees no 'immediate breakthrough' at EU
NATIONAL NEWS
Rahul Gandhi After Rafale Verdict: "Will Prove PM Helped Anil Ambani"
 (New Delhi, Dec 14, 2018):Hours after the Supreme Court's clean chit to the government on the
Author Amitav Ghosh Honoured With 54th Jnanpith Award
Poll results prove Ram Temple or communal polarisation doesn't cut ice with people: Sinha
Ashok Gehlot appeals to Cong workers in Raj to maintain peace
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2018 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.