New Delhi: India has remained firm in its stance for peace, said Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday and pointed that if a country attacks India, a befitting reply will be given.
'In spite of grave provocations in recent times, India has remained firm in its stance for peace and living in harmony. However, if a country attacks us, India will give a befitting reply which the attackers will remember all their lives. This has to be understood by all, including those who are provoking,' highlighted Mr Naidu.
Mr Naidu released the books 'Loktantra Ke Swar (Khand 2)' and 'The Republican Ethic (Volume 2)' in a function organised at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra here.
The books are a compilation of 95 speeches delivered by President Ram Nath Kovind during his second year in office (July 2018 to July 2019) and have been brought out by Publications Division under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu pointed out that the speeches of the President represent the vision, aspirations and ethos of the country, representing the contours of a New India. The books are a collection of nuggets of his wisdom and visionary world view.
He termed the books a 'testament' of faith in the strength of India. Mr Naidu highlighted several key areas from the books, quoting the speeches of the President given on key occasions in his second year in office.
He also talked about how the President has served as an inspiration to young bureaucrats and expressed hope that the thoughts and ideas of the President will reach the younger generation through these books.
Underlining the philosophy of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' from the speeches of the President, Mr Naidu said that India believes that the entire world is one family with no reason to quarrel with other countries. Due to this philosophy, India has never attacked another country, he added. Union Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said the President has dedicated his life for social justice, which is reflected in the speeches presented in the books. He said Mr Kovind is 'people's President'.
He highlighted several aspects and areas which the President has stressed upon in his speeches, including education, female empowerment, good governance, nation building rooted in culture, inclusive growth, uplift of the poor and downtrodden, among others. He also talked about the life of the President along with the challenges he faced and overcame. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar lauded the efforts of Publications Division for bringing out this very important publication. He informed that the books will be available for purchase on all e-platforms like Kindle and App Store in order to meet the demands especially of readers preferring to read books in e-mode.
He highlighted that the speeches have been divided into eight categories: 'Addressing the Nation', 'Windows to the World', 'Educating India: Equipping India', 'Dharma of Public Service', 'Honouring our Sentinels', 'Spirit of the Constitution and Law', 'Acknowledging