10th BCS - SESSION VIII
India in the Mirror - A Timeline of 7 Decades
Thokchom Radheshyam Singh –
The learned scholar started by thanking the assembled dignitaries and then by questioning the assembly about what is India? He then states that India is a culture and that culture is so strong that it binds such diverse people and multiple castes and sects. He credits his illiterate grandmother for educating him about that culture, in the form of a miniature Bhagavata Gita, a present he carries with himself even today. He also states that the Vedas is another form of not only Indian culture but also philosophy and heritage. He goes on to extoll the students to read the Vedas, not from a religious context, rather from the cultural context of individuals who are bound together by the knowledge that these ancient texts impart even today.
Rabidranath Mahato –
The learned speaker started by thanking the Karad family for this excellent initiative and then thanking the dignitaries assembled on the dais. Then he elaborated on what it is to be India from a constitutional perspective stressing on the ethos of freedom of speech, of a secular outlook and of the hard work that must still be undertaken in order to ensure that India’s ascendancy continues at a more accelerated pace than in the last remarkable seven decades. He spoke of numerous presidents and then told Indian kings and emperors such as Asoka and Akbar who have been epitomes of secularism and they extolled the assembled audience to remember the spirit of our independence and work towards achieving it.
Sarthak Saoji – The student speaker gave a fiery speak while informing the assembled crowd of how we always were a nation that was to be reckoned with and though colonialism cast a shadow over us, we persevered and managed to take their good aspects and then reassert our independence from them.
M B Vishnu –
The speaker started by stating how world power’s at India’s independence thought that the country would not last more than two decades but were proved wrong due to the persistence of India and its people.
Mayuresh Sambhudas –
The speaker reminded the audience of the greatness of Indian civilization and of the many accomplishments that are ours. He also stressed on the strides we have taken since independence.
Atul Khare –
The UN delegate was very heartened by the BCS. He believes that this will inculcate and excellent sense of democracy as well as an understanding that even though one may not agree with another’s viewpoint, the only way to resolve the issue is by dialogue and discussion. He was a very happy to note that the leaders of tomorrow’s India present in the hall would be able to take back such a great amount of experience back with them.
Shobhana Bhartia –
The learned speaker spoke eloquently about the strides that India has made in the last seven decades since she achieved independence. From being a primarily agrarian society plagued with social issues, religious divide, hunger, poverty and barely contributing 2.5% to the world’s GDP, India has come in its own fore by first becoming a premiere power in the subcontinent and then by becoming one of the premier powers in the world today. India is making massive strides in the services and IT industry as well, with the manufacturing sector poised to start trying to give competition to China itself. The speaker believes that India will keep rising as she has and that will occur due to good education and good governance.
The learned speaker had a message of encouragement for the BCS and its convenor Rahul Karad who he thanked for the initiative. He believes that as everything is taught, so should now governance be taught and he believes that the BCS is an excellent platform to introduce numerous students to the concepts of democracy and debate.
Gautam Angira – The student leader informed the audience of the numerous ways in which foreign powers have tried to suppress India and how each time India rose higher than before. He then listed the various greatness’s of India.
Lalit Bhasin –
The learned speaker chose to concentrate his talk on the judicial situation of India. He started by thanking the assembled dignitaries and then by informing all present about the ancient and great tradition of law in India. He then spoke of how it was possible for even the lowliest supplicant to meet some of the Mughal Emperors and directly air their grievances to them. He then spoke of the present legal scenario where lakhs are denied justice due to the onerous movement of the legal system in India today. He postulated that it is time to completely overhaul India’s archaic legal system where some laws from the mid-1800’s are still upheld. He believes that the key to India’s complete success can only be unlocked after the judicial system undergoes a through reorganization.
State Representatives of BCS – Numerous state representatives of the BCS, and those who have taken part in past BCS sessions recalled their experiences and how it helped them get to the elevated position within the political structure today.
Sidhanshu Trivedi –
The learned speaker began by informing the audience that barring Australia and New Zealand, which he considers to be geopolitically part of West, India is the only functioning and thriving democracy in the East and he believes it is no coincidence. Indian ethos strongly support a democratic structure of governance. He then went on to inform the audience of the multiple ways in which India is instrumental in the world today, from having half of the Higgs – Boson particle named after an Indian scientist to Indian food being the national dish of England and many more. India and her economy are also huge in the world and concepts that the west is discovering just now, such as organic farming and sustainable living, were already being practiced in India since centuries.
Justice N Santosh Hegde –
The justice spoke about the judiciary, but in the defence of Indian judiciary and linked it to a complex system where invariably there will be a delay in imparting justice, but most importantly, justice will be imparted. Hurrying up the system will just result in an increase in justice not being imparted, and that is not what the Indian judiciary is about. He put the blame squarely in the legislative as well as on the fourth estate, by informing the audience that with rampant corruption in the Indian system, the least was to be found in the judiciary. He then informed the audience of the ways in which the other systems can be reformed.
Sanjay Kumar –
The learned speaker spoke about how there are not enough youths joining politics due to the perceived stigma attached to it. He pleads with the youth to not shun politics but for them to join it. That is the only way to take the nation forward.
Dr Mohit Gambhir –
The learned speaker was of the opinion that education is the most important way to uplift the individual and the country. He spoke of his own example by which his grandmother worked as a peon to educate his father and himself, and now he is a Ph.D.
Dr Sandeep Sancheti –
The learned speaker took the audience through each of the seven decades of India post-independence and described India’s journey so far. He spoke of how the first decade was most about housecleaning. Then we had to undergo a tussle for supremacy in the subcontinent and finally how India came to the fore once IT was introduced to the nation and how the liberalization of the economy further boosted us on the global stage.
Aditya Shastri –
The learned speaker extolled the virtues and values of India’s culture and tradition. He spoke about how he believes India still does not give its heritage the due it deserves. Then he spoke about how Women empowerment has been achieved by his University, which is one of the largest residential universities for women and how his university has been at the forefront of gender equality, economic prosperity and the reintroduction of Indian values.