Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu has said that India with the help of the scientific and the medical fraternity had handled the COVID-19 pandemic in the best way possible, better than developed nations. Speaking at the Platinum Jubilee of the Hindustan Chamber of Commerce in Chennai, the Vice President stated that the nation was proud to salute the medical fraternity for doing an exemplary job in serving the countrymen and also the scientific community for developing the Indian vaccine. He appealed to every citizen to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as the third wave is expected.
The Vice President said that India’s economy was bouncing back to growth tangent as the manufacturing and the agriculture sector were performing very well thereby enabling the country to reach its potential of five trillion dollar mark.
Calling out the industry bodies to identify and weed out black sheep who bring a bad name to the entire corporate and business fraternity, the Vice President urged the businessmen to make use of the enormous opportunity under the ease of doing business. He urged the Chamber of Commerce to facilitate skill development among the youth through the Entrepreneurship development programme. He urged that a greater focus was needed to create the right ecosystem for innovation to thrive by enhancing investments in Research and Development. He urged the public and private entities to join hands and play a proactive role in facilitating tie-ups.
Referring to the carbon dating of the excavations in Thamirabarani Civilisation which revealed that it was 3,200 years old, the Vice President said that the influence of Tamil culture could be seen at Angkor Wat Temple at Cambodia which was built in the early 12th century. He said that history should be rewritten with an Indian perspective and not through a colonial lens.