Address by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Vice President of India after watching the short film Chalo Jeete Hain, based on childhood incidents of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on July 25, 2018.

New Delhi | July 25, 2018

“I am happy that Shri Mahaveer Jain and Shri Bhushan Kumar have produced this short film with a special message.

Directed by an eminent director like Shri Mangesh Hadawale, it captures one of the key messages of Indian culture.

Swami Vivekananda, the iconic exponent of Indian thought, has inspired a large number of people around the world.

His stirring messages have reverberated across the world since he addressed the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.

He had said,

“It is a privilege to serve mankind, for this is the worship of God. God is here, in all these human souls.

It is our privilege to be allowed to be charitable, for only so can we grow”.

In this film, these thoughts change the life of the young boy, Naru. He finds a rare resonance with these ideals and dedicates his life to serve others.

There are many young people who have drawn inspiration from these noble sentiments of Swamy Vivekananda, including our Prime Minister Modiji.

I hope this film will inspire many more young Narus to find meaning and direction in their lives.
There is the famous Subhashita in Sanskrit that says:

పరోపకారాయ ఫలంతి వృక్షా
పరోకారాయ వహంతి నద్యః
పరోపకారాయ దుహంతి గావః
పరోపకారార్థమిదం శరీరం

The trees give their fruits to us, the rivers sustain our lives through their waters, and the cows give us nourishment through their milk. Let us also live for others, not merely for ourselves.

We must imbibe this spirit of caring and sharing which I think is the essential element of India’s social capital.

Thank you, Jai Hind!”