Life stories of freedom fighters should be taught in schools, says Venkaiah Naidu

PORT BLAIR: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday he said that biographies and other heroes of the struggle for freedom from different parts of the country should be in school textbooks.

Urging all legislators across the country to visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands and, Naidu said that the role of the prison in the freedom movement should also be part of the history textbooks.

Freedom fighters such as Veer Savarkar, Baba Bhan Singh and Indu Bhushan Roy were imprisoned in the Cellular Jail that was built by the British between 1896 and 1906.

Addressing a civic reception organized in his honor by the municipal council of Port Blair, the vice president said his visit to jail on Thursday is no less than a pilgrimage to a sacred temple.

He urged all citizens to be inspired by the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and to strive to strengthen the unity and integrity of the nation.

In denouncing attempts to create division among the people, the Vice President said that unity is the need of the hour.

Early in the day, the Vice President opened a Natural Park and an Interpretation Center in Haddo here and threw butterflies there.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands have around 300 species of butterflies out of which 207 are endemic to the region.

Naidu also visited the house of orchids and ferns in the Natural Park and the Interpretation Center that shows the habitat of tropical orchids.

Pointing to air-conditioned buses and electric vehicles, the Vice President said the initiative would provide sustainable mobility solutions and help keep the islands clean and green.

He also praised the administration for banning the use of single-use plastics.

Naidu also laid the cornerstone of three projects under the Marine Esplanade, the Neighborhood Parks and the Fecal Sludge Treatment Plant.