‘No place for dynasty in Indian politics’

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 3 October 2018

By Hindu, I don’t mean the religion. Hinduism is a culture, it is a way of life, says Vice President

Pune: In democracy, dynasty is nasty, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, taking a jibe at the issue of nepotism in Indian politics. He said he was in favour of inheritance of ideologies and philosophy, but in politics, dynasties are a no-no.

He was speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwar World Peace Dome, World Peace Prayer Hall and Library on the MIT campus in Loni Kalbhor. 

With a diameter of 160 ft, the dome is said to be the largest in the world and houses 54 statues of saints, philosophers and scientists from around the world. 

The four-day World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy organised jointly by the MIT World Peace University and MIT ADT University was also inaugurated. The conclave began on the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and will get over on October 5.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, MP Vikas Mahatme, scientist Raghunath Mashelkar, Vijay Bhatkar, Mayor Mukta Tilak, MIT-WPU Founder President Vishwanath Karad, MIT-WPU Executive President Rahul Karad and MIT ADT University Executive President Mangesh Karad were present.

Naidu said, “This world peace dome represents what India stands for, what Hindu stands for. By Hindu, I don’t mean the religion. Hinduism is a culture, it is a way of life. This dome is the beacon of India’s rich cultural heritage.”

Evoking laughter in the audience throughout his speech, Naidu said the dome is to prevent the doom, especially in today’s times, the message of peace and harmony given out by the structure is very important.

Commenting on Rahul Karad’s statement on how private educational institutes are not given equal reputation in our country, Naidu said, “Time has come to stop the differentiation between public and private. That is why we have public-private partnerships. It is the Indians doing something for the people and the country, so why should they be looked down upon for being private entities?”

Fadnavis said, “This dome is the greatest contribution in the history of the world. Today, people gathered here are an inspiration to the world for humanity and peace.”

The four-day World Parliament will witness the presence of many political leaders, global scientists, Nobel laureates, philosophers, saints, educationists, and social workers.

Peace dome

  • Naidu was speaking at the unveiling ceremony of the Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwar World Peace Dome, World Peace Prayer Hall and Library on the MIT campus in Loni Kalbhor.
  • He said the dome is to prevent the doom, especially in today’s times, the message of peace and harmony given out by the structure is very important.

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