Kiss of love row: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on kissing in public, says, 'it is not our culture, do it in your rooms’
Commenting on the “Kiss of Love” protest s on university campuses, Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu said that kissing in the public is not Indian culture and it should be done in the private room.
Citing the controversy around ‘Kiss of Love’ protests by the students and youth, Vice President was quoted by The Hindustan Times as saying “If you want to do kissing, go and do it in your rooms, why in public? This is not our culture”.
He was inaugurating the year-long diamond jubilee celebrations of National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NITW) at its campus. He expressed concern over growing tensions among students in higher education on grounds of caste, food habits, culture and religion.
Commenting on the controversies over holding of beef festivals on some campuses, the vice president said it is not right to impose their food habits on other. He said “If they like a particular food and want to celebrate it, they can have private parties separately. They don’t have to make it a public issue on the campus”.
Urging the people to live with mutual respect towards our religion, the vice president said “There is no place for religious or caste intolerance in India. Religion is personal and a way of life. We need to live with mutual respect towards our religion and culture”.
Speaking on the economy of India, he said “India is committed to build a five trillion-dollar economy by 2025, making India the third largest consumer market in the world. If India has to sustain the growth, it has to go for an innovation overdrive, as it cannot afford to be obsolete anymore”.