Chennai : The need of the hour for people is to stay united, shun violence and work towards equality in all aspects to enable India progress, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday.

Naidu was in Chennai  and after inaugurating an exhibition ‘New India – resolve to achieve’ to mark the platinum jubilee of the Quit India movement at Anna University here, he said seven decades after the country had achieved independence, issues like poverty, illiteracy, gender inequality and caste discrimination were still prevalent.

“We must all resolve to fight these evils and work towards the country’s progress,” said Naidu, who was on his maiden visit to the city after taking over as Vice President.

He also urged the political leadership at the central and state levels to work to fight these evils. “There is no place for violence in a democratic society and it must be curbed. We have to stand united against it. If violence takes place, people are the losers,” he said while referring to violence in some parts of the country.

He also said that people will have to stand united against terrorism in any form. Naidu also batted for finding ways to make agriculture profitable and sustainable for the farming community and said “we are a huge population. We cannot sustain on imported food alone and need to produce our own food. We have to make farming profitable and sustainable and a long-term solution has to be found to help farmers,” he said.

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