Posts tagged ‘youth power’

It Is Time to Think Big on our independence day

We are a   nation that evolved itself through many successes, trials and tribulations of human intellect and soul. We have a history that speaks of a great culture of Aryans, of Ramayana and of Mahabharata, and many other such epics. We at the same time speak of the subjugation of the mind and thought   by centuries of slavery and being ruled by foreigners. But a nation’s efforts to develop itself are never thwarted by the happenings in the past. On the contrary, the past becomes the compass directive for future progress and future growth.  We while keeping our inheritance in mind have to take progressive steps in the direction that takes us to the pinnacles of glory in all our civilizing and humanizing achievements for our future generations.

India attained political freedom in 1947 but economic freedom came to India only in 1990 when the country   resolutely decided to begin the fiscal reforms to bring about the revolutionary liberalization and globalization in all its institutions of economic growth. The all round development in Past twenty years have taken us to an enviable position amongst the developed nations of the world.  The farsighted foresightedness of the liberal economic thoughts of some of our planners and leaders has resulted into double digit growth in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The growth has also come about due to the efforts of the common Indian citizen who has been dedicatedly, diligently and intelligently investing his might into this yagna of taking the nation ahead in this competitive world of international consumerism.  India today is a nation whom the west has recognized. India today is a proud country of 120 or so billions whom American president acknowledged as equals. Indeed a proud moment for all of us. But it is also the time to introspect, to reflect and to charter our next course of action. The nation when basking itself in the grandeur of GDP should not become oblivious of its responsibility towards building a strong youth power for the country.

The Indian youth power whether in the urban or rural has to be made contributive in the big challenge that lies ahead of us. The economic growth that India is achieving consistently should be so spread out that our youth gets empowered, and channelized to keep the momentum going. And that will come only if we think big, only if we accommodate every living being without the consideration of caste, creed, regionalism, and segment.  It will come only when we think big.  The bigness should also include reaching out to the talented, the hard working and the enterprising irrespective of their cultural background. The golden bird that India had been called earlier had lost its sheen because it was divided nation. But today India is a single Indian with his sight set on the path to bring back the lost sheen. Yes the economic feat will make other nations take notice of us; it will make them say that India is a super power. But it is our collective stream of thought that will make them say “India is a great nation”. This Indian stream of thought must be big enough to accommodate all, to have room for the differences in religion, in ethnicity and in language. The stream of thought must be big enough to think of the welfare of the every single citizen of this country, and of the flora and fauna that provides beautiful nature to people inhabiting this great country.

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Address to students at Sanghvi institute of management, Indore, on the induction program on 3rd August, 2011

Venerable board of directors, principals, faculty and my young friends,
Let me first of all honestly admit that I am very happy to be amongst the august company of pedagogues and academicians and I feel honored that I have been invited by all of you to be a part of the induction program of the college. But let me tell you that I am all the more blissful to be amongst the potential youth power of so many youngsters. I have always believed that youth is the fountainhead of energy. This youthful energy when channelized into constructive activities has built civilizations of culture and traditions. The positive power of youth spellbounds everyone when it is utilized for growth of nations and the universe. The same force can become an evil fire emitting leviathan when this young energy is exploited by the vested interests of our society, for aggrandizing their personal agendas.
But I Feel proud to know that the group of youth that I am addressing today has taken a vow to contribute positively and constructively to the building up of their own destiny, the destiny of the great Indian nation , the universe and the flora and fauna our mother earth. I actually can see many budding scientists sitting amongst you, some future potential social leaders, a good number of honest bureaucrats, many ethical future businessmen and corporate leaders, developers and industrialists and most of all great human beings who will make our country the leader of the nations by the year 2020. Many countries speak of their achievements in terms of leadership in some field or the other. America calls itself the leader of the world on the strength of their huge economy, Japan on the strength of their industrialization and the work culture, the Arab world speaks of the petroleum stocks, but India is fortunate that she is a leader because we have a very large young population. I am sure this college will direct the flow of this young blood into productive, useful and valuable force to become the builders of society, nation and the globe.
All my young friends present here have come fresh out of school or junior college. They will now get exposed to the outside adult world. This world that is moving at a speed and pace beyond their comprehension will sometimes intimidate you. But do not get overawed. You need to look at life from the perspective of an adult at this stage and at the same time you must preserve your innocence. This innocence will help you retain your originality and the inquisitiveness of mind. Be as much inquisitive in your new study streams as possible. Look at your study curriculum as an innovation in your thinking process and mind mapping as it will help you learn and apply things faster in your profession and avocation when you move from college to the outside world.
I will advise each one of you to nurse a dream, a dream destination for your ultimate career goal in your life and be constantly in touch with your dream. Make it the biggest and the only source of inspiration in your life. Always remember that your dreams do get realized. What you really need is the mind power and the focus to achieve this dream. I want to see each one of you achieve the dream career destination of your life and let me assure you that each person, each faculty of this college will always be very happy and eager to help you reach your dream career destination in your life.
Lastly you must always remember that a mere bookish knowledge will not be enough to survive and compete in your life. Expand your horizons of knowledge. You must try to pick up as much additional skills and knowledge related to your choice of future career as possible. This will help you find your own niche very faster and much ahead of your rivals and competitors. I shall be looking forward to hearing from all of you about your achievement in life when you grow up.
God bless all of you.