Diversity is the basis of our progress: Vala

Diversity is the basis of our progress: Vala

Diversity is the basis of our progress: Vala

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala today said the nation should not forget its diversity, 'which is our basis' in its journey towards progress.

"Both social and economic development is included in ourcountry's developmental perimeter because ours is a diverse country. We will have to progress, keeping in mind inclusive development of all," Vala said.

"While focusing on development based on technological research, we should not forget our diversity, because it is our basis" he said, unfurling the Tricolour at the 67th Republic Day celebrations here.

The day was observed amid heightened security in the wakeof the recent arrest of six suspected terrorists with ISIS links from Karnataka and also a threat letter received at the office of the Consulate General of France here.

Vala, who took the salute during the ceremonial parade, said all should together strive towards making the country more powerful and work for all round development of the state.

He said secularism is the 'backbone' of the country and culture and it has been rightly tailored in the Constitution.

Complementing the state government for its progressive initiatives like mobile governance, amendment to the Panchayat Raj Act and new industrial policy, Vala also made a special mention about Karnataka’s participation in popular central government programmes like Smart Cities and Digital India.

The first ever participation of a dog squad in the parade, march past by a Maharashtra Police contingent and disabled students were among highlights of today’s Republic Day celebrations here.  

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