Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

Salient Points of PM Narendra Modi’s remarks during the welcome of Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, in the Rajya Sabha on 11 Aug, 2017

  • Hon’ble Chairman, heartiest congratulations and good wishes on behalf of the House and on behalf of the countrymen!
  • Today, the 11th August, reminds us of a significant event in history. On this day, a youngster aged 18 years, Khudiram Bose, was sent to the gallows. It tells us about the struggle for independence and the sacrifices and reminds us of our responsibility towards the nation.
  • Respectable Shri Venkaiah Naidu has become the first Vice President of the country, who was born in independent India.
  • His public life started with the JP movement. During his student days, Jayaprakash Narayan led a nationwide agitation for good governance; and he proved himself as a student leader in Andhra Pradesh. Since then he started developing his personality, be it in the Vidhan Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, and had also exp
  • I think maybe he is the only Vice President who has been associated with this environment for so many years and knows the nuances of the House. The Country has got a Vice President who is familiar with everybody and everything – from the members to the committees, to the proceedings of the House.
  • Venkaiah ji is the son of a farmer. I have had the privilege of working with him for many years. Be it for a village, for the poor, or for the farmers, he had been providing his inputs all the time while studying these topics very closely.
  • As Venkaiah ji has taken over the office of the Vice President, it is our responsibility to familiarize the whole world with it.
  • There are also responsibilities which should be viewed in isolation from the politics. India’s democracy is very mature. Indian constitution is very powerful.
  • Venkaiah ji is a great personality with austerity and great oratory skills. He possesses these rich endowments in his personality and we are familiar with his debating skills.
  • Today, while Vankaiah ji is amongst us as the Vice President, we might face a little problem in adjusting in this House for some time because just like the lawyers in the Court feel strange when a lawyer from the Bar becomes a judge; a similar feeling may develop that he used to argue and debate with us in the House till recently, but now he is there as the Vice President!
  • So some of us, especially for the Members of this House, who have worked with him as a friend and a colleague for so many years, may feel odd but it is the uniqueness of our democratic system that we develop our style of working within the system.
  • I believe that a person like him who has come from within the system and has been in the Rajya Sabha for so many years shall show us the path and guide us in the House as the Chairman of the House. I have full faith and I believe that a positive change is to come.