10th BCS - SESSION I
Learn Before You Lean - Following Social Media & Celebrities
Temjen Imna Along –
The learned leader started by thanking everyone present and then diving right into the topic by stating that social media is not only being used for the progress of the people, but also for the fostering of multiple bad habits including a propensity to always want to be on social media when they wake up and that being the last thing they do as well. He hypothesizes that this will result in the weakness of humans, due to the change in habits that social media is causing. He also pointed out how social media is particularly excellent at spreading lies and propaganda. He also stresses that social media is also important for progress and society. This requires everyone to understand that each and every one who is on social media to understand the responsibility they have in ensuring that social media be used only for good. He wishes to see the best of social media and the elimination of its bad practices.
Shekhar Gupta –
The learned journalists was quick to point out that he considers social media to be a force for good as it facilitates communication between people divided by geography, nations and ideologies. He believes that since we have begun communicating via social media, we must simply develop countermeasures to rumor mongering and the spreading of false news. He also states that social media is an excellent counter to more established mediums of communication such as print and TV news where most of the channels engage in the practice of selling news for money and thus biasing themselves. This will be curbed effectively. He quotes the example of how social media can be used for good and bad and then stresses on the youth to learn the difference and then implement it responsibly.
Suresh Bharadwaj –
The minister began by stressing on the importance of education, and reiterating that all civilization seems to be just an exercise in education and the acquirement of knowledge. He links this with social media which he sees as an extension of the tools by which we can gain information and knowledge. He denounces the trend for false news that the social media foments, but quickly points on the good that this medium of communication provides. He also disagrees with the tendency of social media which starts disseminating information dynamically without waiting for the information to be processed by the proper channels and the resultant statement. He also states that repression of media, any form of media, is undemocratic and must not be condoned by any who love freedom and democracy. He ends by extolling the assembled youth to embrace and participate in democracy.
Manasi Deshmukh –
The student speaker gave a hearty speech about the ramifications of social media in the context of nations and how to harness this gift.
Sahas – The student speaker spoke eloquently of how progress can be achieved by using social media.
Malcolm Jones – The student speaker from Netherlands elaborated on Andy Warhol’s statement that everyone in the future will be famous for 15 minutes.
Ilia Raja – The student speaker from Tamil Nadu gave an impassioned speech about the merits and the pitfalls of social media.
Dr Pankaj Mittal –
The speaker stressed that social media is being handled irresponsible. She states that more than 20 crore emails are sent every minute with significant numbers for all social media handles. Thus social media is here to stay. She urges the youth to redefine the term celebrity so as to include not only the thespian community, but also famous philosophers, politicians, scientists and the like. She urges everyone present to never cease being inquisitive about things because that inquisitiveness, when satiated, will result in a mature understanding of the issue being understood. In this way too, social media will cease becoming a tool for incorrectness and become one for correct behavior instead.
Digvijay Singh Chautala –
The speaker starts by thanking the Karad family for their numerous social and educational initiatives. He was particularly impressed by the MIT-SOG initiative. He then states that he believes social media is a force for good and must be trained as such. This is the essence of how the evils of caste, religious bigotry and other social evils can be redressed; by the judicious application of social media.
Vijay Darda –
The respected speaker spoke about how education and rational thought is important at the moment. He reiterates that instead of being bound by ideals of large economy and better commercial enterprise, it is the standard of li9ving that we must enhance. He further argues that he is a disciple of the Hindu goddess of wealth, yet she seems more inclined to bless neighboring nations and the Arab nations. Thus this is a manifestation of commercial thought and enterprise and should be understood as such. Real progress comes with education and temperance, with no short cuts in between. Only with the satisfaction of the two aforementioned terms can India truly become a ‘Vishwa Guru’.
Pawan Kalyan –
The noted actor, producer and politician spoke about his childhood pain and how he wishes to alleviate it by becoming a politician, and that he loves all of India and indeed the world. He spoke of his troubles in identifying the ideology that he would espouse in later years. He spoke of how gaining knowledge at a grassroots level aided him and he believes will aid all those youth who wish to understand the world they belong in. He spoke of his lower middle class background and how practical experiences aided him immensely and that his journey for knowledge is not over by half, and that is the way it will be for all who seek it, and that is not a bad thing at all.
Prof Dr Abhishek Mishra –
The politician spoke about how knowledge is the primary tool for upliftement and progress. He spoke of the marvelous work done by the Karad family and asked all present to visit not only the MIT campus in Pune, but also the World Peace dome build by Revered Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad. He spoke also of how everything has a good and a bad side, and juxtaposed this thought with the reason for the first session. He spoke of how a gun in the hands of an army man leads to defense and in the hands of a robber leads to death. Similarly, social media is a tool that must be used for good and not for bad. He spoke of how the Dharma for all present is the glory of the nation.
Prof Dr G R C Reddy –
The learned speaker was firm in his view that social media is neither good nor bad, but it depends on the individual using it. He spoke of his own past, when he faced the issue of naxalism and how he can juxtaposed that with the social media evils of today regarding the spreading of rumors and outright lies. He believes it can be averted, and that it will.