‘Eradicating poverty, corruption, social evils real tribute to freedom fighters’

New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI):
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday called for concerted efforts to eradicate poverty, illiteracy, corruption and other social evils as part of building an economically stronger India. He said it will be a real tribute to the freedom fighters.
In a Facebook post to mark the launch of the “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav”, a 75-week festival to commemorate 75 years of the country’s Independence, Naidu said this is a defining moment in India’s journey and an opportunity to recollect the legacy handed down by Mahatma Gandhi and countless other freedom fighters.
He said it is a solemn duty of people to remember and celebrate the extraordinary spirit of the freedom fighters, their supreme sacrifices and their lofty ideals.
Remembering the Dandi March, Naidu said it electrified the nation at that time with a simple but powerful symbol of salt.
He also stressed the need to educate youngsters on the lives of the country’s great heroes and how thousands of courageous men and women stood on the frontline of the freedom struggle and helped India overthrow the yoke of colonial rule.
The vice president said as the citizens of the country enjoy the fruits of independence, they must also understand that the vision of freedom will be fully realised only when they achieve the goals and promises they have set for themselves in the Constitution.
Naidu said that India’s diversity and our common civilizational values actually give strength to the unity of the nation. He observed that we believe in the liberty of the individual and the peaceful co-existence of all communities, and recognise the common bonds that unite all of us. ‘This ‘Bharatiyata’ is what keeps us united’, he emphasised.

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