He also said that while religion is personal, culture is the “way of life”.
Addressing an event organised by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) to celebrate Christmas, he also urged the church to continue rendering its service to the nation in the field of education, health and social services through its large network of institutions.
The vice president said the added focus should be on providing greater access to its services to the marginalised communities.
A statement issued by his office quoted him as saying that an individual must revere his mother, mother tongue, birth place and motherland.
“It is the duty of every Indian to preserve and protect our culture. Let me once again clarify that religion is personal, while culture is a way of life,” he said.
He said the festival is a time to “renew our commitment to love and serve our families, communities and society; to be just and transparent in our dealings; to promote social and economic inclusion of all; to promote lasting peace between people of different religions and cultures and to promote sustainable development”.
“As you all are aware, education is the most important tool for transformation of the society through enlightenment and empowerment. Education is meant to bring out all the good qualities of head and heart in an individual by instilling the values of compassion, morality and ethics. It must help in building character, enhancing capacity, promoting good conduct and patriotism,” Naidu said.
Source : timesofindia