No right to denigrate religious beliefs of others, says Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

Sporadic incidents cannot undermine India’s commitment to pluralism, the vice president said.

New Delhi:

Speaking on the issue of religious intolerance, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that one can be proud and practice one’s religion but no one has the right to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.

He stressed that secularism and tolerance towards the opinions of others are an integral part of the Indian ethos and that sporadic incidents cannot undermine India’s commitment to the values ​​of pluralism and inclusiveness, according to the secretariat. of the vice president.

Mr. Naidu called for the removal of barriers to women’s empowerment in the country, saying there are several areas where women have yet to realize their full potential, even though our civilizational principles encourage equal participation. women in various fields.

During the inauguration of Mount Carmel College’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Bengaluru today, the Vice President addressed the gathering while emphasizing a greater push for women’s education through the constant efforts of the government. He explained that women always prove themselves in all disciplines that have the opportunity.

Mr. Naidu mentioned that India’s stellar contribution in the field of education during ancient times has earned him the status of ‘Viswa Guru’. The Vice President praised India’s educational heritage by referring to distinguished scholars of ancient India, such as Gargi and Maitreyi.

He also applauded progressive and reformist leaders in Karnataka, such as Attimabbe and Sovaladevi, who were great patrons of learning, while commending the Virashaiva movement committed to the empowerment of women through education.

The Vice President commended the College for empowering women since independence to become catalysts for change and bridging gender gaps in education.

Mr. Naidu stressed the importance of adopting a futuristic approach to education by focusing on the development of student skills ranging from artificial intelligence to data analysis. “It’s equally important to have effective communication skills,” he added.

Emphasizing the importance of “active learning”, the vice-president wants educational establishments to adopt assessment based on continuous assessment. Calling for breaking the rigidity and tight compartmentalisation of subjects, he stressed that “interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity are the way forward”.

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Ruth R. Culp