Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday said disruption and chaos in the temple of democracy cannot be weaponized as a political strategy.
Addressing a convocation of Jamia Millia Islamia here, he said education is important for the growth of society and asked the youth to empower themselves.
“Democracy is about dialogue, discussion, debate and debate for public welfare. Surely, democracy cannot be about disruption and chaos,” Mr. Dhankhar said.
“I am pained and distressed to point out to you that disruption and chaos have been used as weapons as a strategic means of tarnishing the temples of democracy,” he added.
The Vice President said that human resource empowerment is an important component of nation building.
“Youths need to empower themselves — not through political intoxication but through capacity building and personality development with the ultimate goal of nurturing a healthy environment and society,” he told the students.
Talking about the National Education Policy, he said there was a “need to adopt this policy” in some parts of the country.
“I am sure they will fall in line and reap the harvest of this great policy. It is based on skill-based courses, vocational training and giving a new dimension to our academic education. It is very important for students to become innovators and entrepreneurs,” he said.
During his address, he highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “impressive” visits to the US and France, where the entire world is eager to partner with India.
“India’s relevance in solving global problems was never as prominent as it is today. But friends, when India grows, challenges also come when you seize the opportunity. Your progress may not be to everyone’s liking.
He said, “There are forces of evil design who want to taint and taint your institutions of growth. Unfortunately, some are among us. I appeal to the youth to take initiative and neutralize these forces through their actions. No doubt you will do it.”
He urged the youth to fully subscribe to economic nationalism with all energy and enthusiasm.
“It is not in the national interest to compromise economic nationalism for financial gains,” he said.
Noting that the current norms and government system of transparency and accountability where corruption has no place, he opined that “stakeholders of corruption will marshal all energies to hide and avoid influence”.
He said, “Law breakers — no one can claim no matter what race you come from — are liable to the law. The way is barred for law breakers. When the justice process is in motion, when the law is moving at its own pace, why they feel the heat of the law will take to the streets. It is for you all to think.”
Mr. Dhankhar said the judicial system has a strong grievance redressal mechanism. If one receives a notice from an organization, the only recourse in a democracy is legal and certainly not on the streets.
“Street protests to challenge the rule of law are not a feature of good governance or democracy,” he said.
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