Mandla: Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that it is the duty and constitutional obligation of all of us to ensure the all-round development of the tribals while keeping tribal culture intact.
He said that tribals are native to India. They inspire us to live and develop by preserving and promoting nature and environment. The Vice-President was addressing the inaugural function of the two-day tribal festival at Ramnagar, the historic site of the Gondwana kingdom in Mandla district.
Naidu said that an Adivasi Mahotsav is being organized in Ramnagar, Mandla to familiarize the youth with the tribal culture and to keep it alive. Through this, tribal crafts, music, arts and culture etc. are demonstrated.
He said that government effort alone is not enough to keep the tribal culture alive, but society should also contribute to it.
He further said that in our lives we must never forget the mother who gave birth to us, the land of our birth, our mother tongue and our country. The tribals worship nature as their mother. This tribal tradition is exemplary and is an inspiration to all.
The Vice-President said that special attention should be paid to educate tribals. He said that education brings awareness and progress in society.
Peace must for development: Naidu said that peace is essential for development. Development is not possibel without peace. He hoped that this historic land of the Gond empire would be able to preserve the language, culture and way of life of the tribes and be a part of their economic development.
Before the programme, he paid floral tributes to the martyred kings of the Gondwana empire. Shri Naidu greeted the tribal dancers and the people present
Vice President Naidu symbolically distributed benefits of self-employment and disaster relief to the beneficiaries.