New Delhi: Holding communalism, casteism, linguistic and regional chauvinism as challenges facing the country, Vice President Hamid Ansari has said India’s pluralism gives the country a composite national identity “that is a source of envy for the rest of the world”.
“Every society has fault lines based on social, economic and political differences. These generate tensions at times. We are no exception.
“We still face challenges of poverty and under-development on one hand and communalism, casteism, linguistic and regional chauvinism on the other,” Ansari said while inaugurating the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Republic Day camp in New Delhi on Thursday.
The Vice-President, in his address, urged the cadets to contribute in promoting pluralism which he said has given the country a composite national identity.
“I would urge you to protect and promote pluralism which has given us a unique, composite national identity that is a source of envy for the rest of the world,” he said.
He lauded the NCC for setting a shining example of national integration and communal harmony by discharging its responsibility with honesty and dedication.
The NCC Republic Day camp promotes a spirit of unity, camaraderie, teamwork and discipline as its brings together youth from different parts of the country enabling them to imbibe the value of “unity in diversity”, the Vice-President said.
There are a total of 2070 cadets in the camp divided in four contingents, including 707 girl cadets; drawn from 17 NCC directorates located across the country.
The cadets will perform at the upcoming Republic Day parade, considered to be the most prestigious event for them, and also at the annual NCC PM’s Rally on 28th January.
“Selected cadets will perform at the upcoming Republic Day Parade as it is not possible to accommodate everyone on that day but all the four contingents will take part in the Prime Minister’s Rally on January 28 which will also be the culmination of the camp,” a Defence spokesperson said.
On the occasion, the Vice President was given a Guard of Honour by the cadets representing three wings of Indian Armed Forces – Army, Navy and Air Force, who later appreciated the various social themes displayed by the young cadets.
Smartly turned out cadets from Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Pilani and Sainik School Kapurthala also put up a lively band display drawing applaud from the assembled dignitaries.
“The quality of the camp has always been really high. The parade performance, band performance everything was of high professional standard,” Ansari said in his concluding remarks.
* Source DDnews