March 2018
11:20 PM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | 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)

Thousands witness Thirunakkara Pakal Pooram / Video
Sexist remarks by professor trigger protests
Will go ahead with paddy field acquisition: Pinarayi Vijayan
State BJP divided over KM Mani's NDA entry
National Defence College delegation calls on Kerala Governor
BJP leaders meet Mani at home
Lorries crash into each other at Kuravilangad, 2 killed
Nisha's controversial book: Jose.K.Mani responds to media
Three stars may be opened, Sudheeran warns govt
Palakkad family killed in accident at Velankanni
HC Division bench stays probe in Syro-Malabar land deal case
Controversial book: Nisha Jose. K. Mani opens up
Teachers and students clash at Farook College
Setback for Dileep in D Cinemaas land controversy
Tent burning: Case registered against CPI(M) men
50,000 new cancer cases reported every year in Kerala
Fr.Thelakkatt's murder: Accused Johny taken for evidence collection / Video
Trial begins in actress attack case
Work on Kochi Metro phase II extension after Centre's nod: CM
Watch Video: CPI(M) workers set ablaze strike pandal
As an actor, it is my duty to innovate: Rani Mukerji
 (New Delhi, Mar 20, 2018): She is back to the big screen after a gap of four years and going  
Watch Video: Fun filled trailer of 'Kuttanadan Marpappa' is here !
Irrfan Khan diagnosed with tumour
There should be space for dissent, disagreement: Nandita Das
Fundamentals of China's economy are sound: Chinese Premier
 (Beijing, Mar 20, 2018): Playing down global concerns on systemic financial risks being faced
US should not act emotionally on trade: Chinese Premier
Islamabad still mulling Kabul's offer of talks, overtures
US senator introduces bill aimed at protecting call centre jobs
Gun battle breaks out in Kupwara
 (Srinagar, Mar 20, 2018): An encounter broke out today between militants and security forces
Army jawan commits suicide by shooting self in Samba
Ruckus forces adjournment of Rajyasabha, Loksabha
Another Periyar statue vandalised in Tamil Nadu
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.