Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has said, India’s cultural
diversity must always remain the vehicle of unity, peace, prosperity and
happiness. He presented the ‘HamsadhwaniThyagaraja Award’’ to the violin
maestro M. Chandrasekharan at a function held at the Kalakshetra Foundation
in Chennai this evening.
In his address, Mr Naidu said, the cultural diversity of India
is a delight that must always be celebrated through mutual interactions and
reciprocity between people of different States so that a common spirit of
understanding resonates throughout the country.
He stressed that this sense of understanding is essential now,
as rifts threaten to divide and fragment the bonds of socio-cultural cohesion.
He noted that mutual understanding and trust have always been the foundations of
India's strength and all citizens should feel culturally integrated in all
corners of the nation.
The Vice President said, the rich cultural diversity of India
must form the platform on which its future is built and a path for its rapid
growth and development is charted. He said, though we speak different languages,
eat different food and wear different clothes, we must acknowledge that
fundamentally, we are one nation, one people.
India and the United States yesterday finalized defence
deals worth three billion dollars and signed three agreements, including in
health and oil sectors.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on mental health
between the health departments of both the two countries.
Another MoU on the safety of medical products was signed between
the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization with the US Food and Drug
In a joint press meet after holding extensive talks with
visiting US President Donald Trump in New Delhi, Prime Minister NarendraModi
said the defence cooperation between two countries is reflective of the rising
strategic partnership between India and US.
The Prime Minister said, they have decided to enhance efforts to
hold supporters of terrorism accountable and agreed on new mechanism to contain
Prime Minister added that both countries are committed to
openness, fair and balanced trade and have decided to enhance strategic energy
In his statement, President Trump said, India and the US have
expanded their defence cooperation with agreements for New Delhi to purchase
more than three billion dollars of advanced American military equipment. Mr.
Trump also affirmed the two countries' commitment to protect their citizens from
radical Islamic terrorism.