Devisingh Patil today said India is known for its varied heritage
and would always stand united, irrespective of whether one speaks
Marathi, Telugu or Hindi.
''Whether you converse in Marathi, Hindi, Telugu or English, India
is one and will always be...Bharat mein vividhta mein bhi ekta hai
(in India, there is unity in diversity also),'' Ms Patil said.
was talking to a group of 35 children from Kupwara and Shopian
districts of Jammu and Kashmir at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The President's advice to the students
came close to the controversy that erupted in the country after Abu
Asim Azmi, Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA in Maharashtra, tried to take
the oath in Hindi. He was later slapped and manhandled by the
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) MLAs during the special assembly
MNS President Raj Thackeray had told
that the MLA in Maharashtra should take the oath only in Marathi -
the official language of the state.
President further cautioned the children to beware of those trying
to divide the country on communal lines. ''Don't let anti-social
elements take you for a royal ride. Always be focused...and never
hesitate from burning the midnight oil and leaving no stone unturned
to come out with flying colours in life,'' said the President.
asked the youngsters to develop their talents and work for the
progress of the nation. India was a nation of diversity and beauty,
she said and pointed out that if the youth of the nation from
different regions interact with one another, this would definitely
strengthen national unity.
said, Indian students were known throughout the world for their
discipline, hard work and good value systems. She also urged
teachers to be role models for their students, as the value system
taught by them left a deep impression on their wards.
Children from Jammu and Kashmir are currently on a visit to Delhi,
under the Indian Army's Operation Sadbhavana, which aims to show
other parts of India to them.