Authors and speakers will have to discuss how to bring about change in every sphere of India: Vice President Inaugurates Times Lit Fest Delhi - 2017

New Delhi
November 25, 2017

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that authors and speakers will not only dwell on the past but also discuss how to bring about change in every sphere of India. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating Times Lit Fest Delhi - 2017, here today. The CEO, Raj Group, Shri Raj Jain and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that literature is the lifeblood of a society, mirroring its inner workings, its triumphs and challenges, its anxieties and its possibilities. He further said that it is a reflection of its trials and tribulations. It provides an insight into the happenings of a society and captures its culture, traditions, ethos and all that is good and bad, he added.

The Vice President said that from Kalidasa to Premchand, from Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore to the present day, India has always been blessed with a strong literary lineage of writers, poets, intellectuals and thinkers. They have chronicled the times, exemplified our open traditions and enriched the intellectual traditions of India with some of the finest works, he added.

The Vice President said that the country has emerged as one of the large economic powers in the world and is increasingly becoming the favourite destination for foreign investors. He further said that India is at a historic juncture and at the cusp of a major transformation—not only in terms of economic growth, but also because it is one of the oldest civilisations with a young population. Blessed with an educated, talented and skilled young work force, India has all the potential to become a leading player in digital technologies and global knowledge hub, he added.

The Vice President said that India always believed in pluralistic traditions and ethos and never allowed narrow and bigoted views or practices to rear their ugly heads. Dissent is agreeable but disintegration is not acceptable, he added.

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