New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday calling for discipline these days is branded “autocratic”, as he praised Vice-President and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for being a “disciplinarian”.
After launching a book on experiences of Naidu during his first year as Vice President of India and chairman of Rajya Sabha, Modi said he always provides visionary leadership whenever he gets a responsibility.
“Venkaiah Ji is a disciplinarian, but our country’s situation is such that it has become easy to call discipline undemocratic. If someone calls for discipline, he is branded autocratic…the whole dictionary is opened. But the discipline Venkaiah Ji calls for he himself follows it,” he said.
Modi said former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee wanted to give Naidu a ministry in his government, but he said he wanted to be the minister of rural development. “Venkaiah Ji is a farmer at heart. He is passionate about the welfare of farmers and agriculture. The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana came into being due to the efforts of Naidu Ji,” Modi also said.
At the book launch event, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former PMs Manmohan Singhwere present on the dais.
Venkaiah Ji is a disciplinarian, but our country’s situation is such that it has become easy to call discipline undemocratic. If someone calls for discipline, he is branded autocratic…the whole dictionary is opened. But the discipline Venkaiah Ji calls for he himself follows. – Narendra Modi
- The 245-page book titled ‘Moving on…Moving forward: A year in office’ brings out Naidu’s ‘mission of engagement’ on four key issues with various stakeholders across the country and its alignment with the mission of a new India in the making.
- The book also contains a detailed chapter on various initiatives taken by Naidu as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and refers to the rapidly expanding viewership of the Rajya Sabha TV.
Caste discrimination is unacceptable: Naidu
Discrimination on the basis of religion, caste or gender is unacceptable to any ‘nationalist’, Naidu said on Sunday. ‘Any discrimination on the basis of religion, any discrimination on the basis of caste, any discrimination on the basis of gender, is not acceptable to any nationalist. That sort of approach should be there among every one of us,’ Naidu said.
Best is yet to come: Manmohan Singh
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who also attended the event, opined that ‘the best is yet to come.’ ‘He brings to the office of the Vice-President, political and administrative experience and that is amply reflected in his one year in office. But best is yet to come. As a poet has said, ‘Sitaron ke aage jahan aur bhi hain, abhi ishq ke imtehaan aur bhi hain,’ he noted.
Maoism and forced conversion big threat: BJP training manual
- A Bharatiya Janata Party training guidebook, which is meant to orient its workers and office-bearers to its ideology and views on key issues, says that Maoists in India enjoy ‘regular support from Pakistan and China’, making them a big threat to the country’s internal security.
- It says that Maoists, also called Naxals, are ‘reportedly conspiring to conduct joint strikes with the support of terrorist outfits active in north-eastern states’.
- Besides ‘Maoism’, the party’s training guidebook also identifies ‘forced conversion’ as an internal challenge.
- It claims that a conspiracy to change the demography of the country has been going on for several years in the guise of ‘Jihadi’ and ‘Masihi’, an apparent reference to proselytising works of some Christian groups, activities backed by money and muscle power.
- ‘It is a big internal threat to the country. Some external agencies are also involved in conversions and they widely use money and goons for these activities.
- The speed of conversion has been so high in some states that it has completely changed their demography. People in such states are agitated and that anger may prove to be explosive any time,’ the manual says.
(With inputs from PTI)