He wished the traditional New Year to usher in prosperity and happiness in the lives of people in the country.
The Vice President observed that strengthening ties between people of different cultures promotes harmony in society. Recalling India’s civilizational value of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, he called for sustained efforts by all for the progress of the country.
“Let us unite and move forward, let us attain Atma Nirbhar Bharat,” he said.
Observing that colonial rule exploited India and led to an inferiority complex among Indians, he urged everyone to be proud of India’s ancient heritage.
According to him, India is growing rapidly in all sectors and the whole world is looking towards the country.
Calling for the highest quality of debate in public discourse, he said no one should diminish the country’s status on the world stage.
Recalling that New Year’s Eve is also a celebration of nature’s bounty, the Vice President urged everyone to commit to preserving nature and adopting sustainable practices.
He also advised people, especially young people, to avoid sedentary lifestyles and adopt healthy habits.
The Vice President stressed the importance of using Indian languages in public life and suggested that “everyone should cherish and use their mother tongue in their daily lives as far as possible”.
He also wanted the mother tongue to be the language of instruction in schools, at least up to primary level, and felt that Indian languages should increasingly be used in administration and in the courts.