‘Hijab row an unnecessary controversy’

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Naidu also pointed out that people should feel proud of the languages they speak and promote them. Stressing on extra-curricular activities in the schools, he said the new National Education Policy insists on this aspect…reports Asian Lite News

Amid the raging Hijab controversy in Karnataka, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said unnecessary controversies should not be encouraged and students should be guided by the school uniform. “Unnecessary controversies should not be encouraged like the controversy going on in Karnataka.

In a school, you are all guided by the school uniform, whatever uniform it is,” Naidu said after inaugurating the indoor sports arena and L’atelier at a private school in Bengaluru.

Underlining the need to realise the beauty of diverse Indian culture, the Vice President said, “Vividhata mein Ekta, Bharat Ki Visheshta (Unity in Diversity, that’s India’s specialty).

Alag Bhasha, Alag Vesh – Phir Bhi Apna Ek Desh (Different languages, different constumes — Yet we are one nation). He also said that people should remember that they are Indians first. “Irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion and region, we all are one. We are Indians first.

This should be remembered by one and all. There should not be any discrimination,” the vice president pointed out.

Naidu also pointed out that people should feel proud of the languages they speak and promote them. Stressing on extra-curricular activities in the schools, he said the new National Education Policy insists on this aspect.

He also urged all the state governments and educational institutions to give priority to sports, extra-curricular activities and also, developing spiritual minds among children. “Spirituality does not mean religion. Religion is your personal choice but our culture, our heritage, our Dharma (duty), we should all follow in our lives,” the Vice President told the audience. According to Naidu, the erosion of values has been causing havoc in the world for humanity.

“We must restore values, preserve our heritage, promote our culture and feel proud to be an Indian. Be proud that you are a Bharatiya,” the Vice President said. Stating that once upon a time, India was known as a ‘Vishwa Guru,’ Naidu pointed out that prolonged colonial rule has made us forget our glorious past.

“India is on the move today and it is time to go back to our roots,” he added. In his inimitable style, Naidu told the gathering that discipline, dynamism, education, dedication, devotion were need of the hour in India. “Education is a mission, not for commission. There should not be any omission. We should not give any remission and work for the promotion of the nation with a passion. This is what is required,” he said.

The Vice President also urged educational institutions to give equal importance to studies, sports, co-curricular and recreational activities.

He said such an approach will lead to the all-round growth of students and make them confident individuals.

He also wanted the educational institutions to involve students in activities such as gardening, tree plantation and water conservation.

This will bring children closer to nature, he said and further highlighted the need for water conservation by stressing on 3Rs- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

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