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Nationalism does not mean Bharat mata ki Jai: Venkaiah Naidu

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Nationalism does not mean Bharat mata ki Jai: Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu further urged the youth to avoid discriminating on the basis of caste, religion, urban divide and caste.

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said expressing nationalism does not mean saying "Bharat mata ki jai" and asked youth to avoid discriminating people on the basis of religion, caste and urban divide.

"Nationalism does not mean Bharat Mata ki Jai. Sabke liye jai ho, that's patriotism. If you discriminate people on the basis of religion, caste, urban-rural divide then you are not saying Bharat mata ki Jai Ho," he said.

Interacting with students of Delhi University, Naidu said youth should focus on a "new India" which is free from corruption, illiteracy, fear, corruption, hunger, and caste barriers.

"Learn to preserve traditional values, shun negativism, develop a positive attitude, be socially conscientious, peace-loving and affectionate," he said.

"You must be in the forefront in the fight against social evils, bigotry, prejudices and promote gender equity and inclusiveness," Naidu added.

He further opined that the future belongs to those individuals who "dare to dream and posses the courage, resilience and competence to create a better tomorrow".

"With India consistently achieving a growth rate of more than 7 per cent for the past few years, the Indian economy is projected to become the third largest in the coming 10-15 years. One must strive to build an inclusive and a prosperous New India and usher in Ram Rajya," the vice president said.

Asserting that knowledge would be the driver of the Indian economy, Naidu called for reorienting of the higher education system to make it globally competitive.

"The overhauling of the education system should totally eliminate colonial mindset and teach real history, ancient civilization, culture and heritage and instill the values of nationalism among the students," he said.

Naidu also opined considering India's demographic, providing adequate skilling and knowledge to youth can help them become job creators instead of job seekers.

(With inputs from ANI)