New Delhi: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday called for nurturing of entrepreneurial talent among the youth of the nation to make India ‘Atmanirbhar’ in the times to come.
“We must tap into the entrepreneurial talent and technological skill of every citizen of the nation and harness our local resources to attain self-reliance and to serve the humanity at large,” he said addressing a webinar on Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s contribution to the dissemination of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy for social uplift and Bhoodan movement.
Calling for the creation of “a Sashakt Bharat, a Swabhimani Bharat, and an Atmanirbhar Bharat” that both Vinoba Bhave and Gandhi had envisioned, the Vice-President said that India’s concept of self-reliance is not about being ultra-nationalist and protectionist but to become a more significant partner in global welfare, an official release here said.
Underscoring that Vinoba’s Sarvodaya movement and Gramdan concept exemplified the Gandhian ideal of village reconstruction and rural upliftment, the Vice-President said “It was a cooperative system for socio-economic upliftment of the villages”.
He said a fitting tribute to Bhave on his 125th birth anniversary would be to work in an integrated manner
for the rural population constituting about 60 per cent of the population.
Referring to the Covid-19 health emergency, the Vice-President said in these testing times, the people have to come together, pool their efforts, not only to contain the spread of virus but also to offer succour and solace, in a Gandhian way, to those who had been adversely affected by the lockdown. “The human spirit finds its noblest expression in times of adversity like this,” he added.