SME Times News Bureau | 18 Mar, 2019
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said
that India is respected and regarded world over for its age-old values of peace
and harmony embedded in its philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
Speaking at a felicitation function organized by
the committee of Friends and Well Wishers, in Hyderabad, the Vice President
said that the horrific shooting of defenceless worshippers in New Zealand once
again highlighted the need for all countries to come together to eliminate the
scourge of terrorism.
“It is a global challenge which requires a global
response. No country is immune to these threats”, he added.
Pointing out that India had been victim of
mindless violence and facing the menace of cross-border terrorism for the past
many decades, he expressed his disappointment over China’s decision to block
the proposal of UN Security Council to list Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief, Azhar
Mahmood as a global terrorist.
“This once again underlines the need for
expanding the Security Council”, he added.
The Vice President wished that he would undertake
a nationwide campaign to promote peace; strengthen democracy, fight corruption,
create greater awareness on sustainable development and encourage social
harmony through various forums across the nation.
Naidu said that the quest for industrialization
and modernization has pushed the atmospheric carbon dioxide to dangerous levels
leading to climate disruption and global warming.
Quoting the latest report of Global Environment
Outlook which mentioned that poor environmental conditions were causing about
25 per cent of global diseases and mortality - around 9 million deaths in 2015
alone, the Vice President said “all of us must strive to protect environment,
reduce pollution, promote greenery, conserve water bodies and ensure that
development does not disrupt natural resources”.
Referring to the conferment of the Honorary
Doctorate, she Naidu said it was not for an individual, but reflected the
global acknowledgement and recognition of the age-old Indian values of peace
and harmony embedded in our philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.