Keep Indian culture alive, claims Venkaiah Naidu

Mumbai: ‘Share and Care’ is the core of Indian culture and philosophy claimed Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President (VP) of India, on Thursday at Mumbai University (MU), Fort campus. Naidu encouraged youngsters to strengthen the Cooperative Movement while addressing the Laxmanrao Inamdar Memorial lecture on Cooperation organised at the university.

Students from various National Social Service (NSS) groups attended this event in order to understand the importance of this movement. Naidu encouraged these students by highlighting different aspects of Indian Culture which can help India develop in an efficient way. Naidu said, “Youngsters should keep the Indian culture alive in terms of their native place, mother language, traditional style of dressing and no discrimination towards anyone on the basis of caste, creed, race or appearance.

Students should learn and earn abroad if they want to but they should return to India and to their motherland.” Focussing on the Cooperative Movement started by Laxmanrao Inamdar, a social activist, in 1979, Naidu expressed the need to involve women and youth in this movement.

“Women are an integral part of our society who can bring about changes. We need structural changes with permanent solutions to help the cooperative movement. We need infrastructural support, credit system, financial aid and increase income of farmers. And this change can only be brought by involving young minds,” Naidu added. 56 per cent of India’s population depend on agriculture for a livelihood as per Naidu. And there are several challenges like lack of active participation of members in management of cooperatives, low level of participation of women and youth and bureaucratic control. Naidu said, “These challenges have to be tackled as India is facing a crisis of population.

We need to increase food production in order to cater to the increasing population in the near future.” Cooperative movement of India needs cooperation of all citizens in order to operate in a satisfactory way. Suhas Pednekar, Vice Chancellor (VC) of MU said, “Due to the collapse of social and capitalist sector, Laxmanrao Inamdar envisioned the cooperative movement to help farmers.

This lecture is a part of the centenary celebration of Inamdarji’s birth anniversary.” Naidu encouraged students to reform, perform and transform. Naidu claimed, “Every citizen of India is deeply rooted in knowledge in some way or the other. We have a great zeal of culture and we should initiate social reforms on the basis of our culture foundation. E-Marketing and education is the way forward and students should never forget their cultural roots.”

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