10th BCS - INAUGURAL CEREMONY
The ceremony started with the ringing of the bell of democracy and the singing of the ‘Pasaaydan’ followed by speeches.
Shri. Rahul Karad –
Shri Rahul Karad spoke of the inception of the Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad and of the MIT – School of Governance and how both are synergistically linked to the vision of MIT as evinced by Rahul Karad and his visionary father, Revered Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad. The vision is for a world at peace with itself and where the value of democracy is not only upheld but rigorously implemented.
Revered Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad –
The revered professor spoke about the concepts of Vasudhaiv Kutumbhakam as well as Swami Vivekananda’s vision of seeing India as the ‘Vishwa Guru’, which is the knowledge center of the world. He sees that vision becoming a reality in the twenty first century.
This was followed by a round of felicitation of the dignitaries on the dais. A film showcasing the life of P. Ramakrishnan was then presented to the audience.
Hon. Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu -
The Vice President started by thanking all the dignitaries present on the dais. Afterwards he reiterated his belief in Vasudhaiv Kutumbhkam (the world is one home) and of India being a ‘Vishwa Guru’. He firmly beliefs in democracy and finds India to be the best and largest republican democracy in the world. Democracy ensures that people debate and discuss, but never disrupt, something he sees in a true way. He also dislikes how we still study history as propounded by the British and not our own history which is what this country needs. We must understand our history, our culture and our strengths so that we may understand the mission our country has inherited in world affairs. We will always stress for peace and patience and work towards the strengthening of democracy, which BCS is admirably doing through its decade long history and her prays for its continued success in inculcating the ethos of democracy among the youth of our country. He quoted Swami Vivekananda at various times. To try and make the audience understand the value of acceptance and of hearing another viewpoint, no matter how different it is from your own. The youth must read, understand and analyze before making their choice and doing anything in life. This is the essence of democracy which must be upheld.
Shri. Kailash Satyarthi –
The Nobel laurate humbly began by thanking all the dignitaries at the dais. He then spoke of the struggles that he has had to undertake to free those who are bonded. He believes that the desire for freedom is stronger than the desire for bondage. He spoke at length of the number of children that must be used in order for the economy to prosper, thus paying for the progress with their innocence. Even when he was giving the speech he informed the audience that 50 children were being transported from bondage. He stresses on compassionate democracy where the elected must feel the pain of those who have elected them. He gave numerous anecdotes of the thousands of children in slavery across the world and the conditions they suffer in. He spoke of compassion in action through an anecdote where he speaks about a boy he has saved from slavery years ago, who became a lawyer and then the first case he took was of a woman who had been raped by a policeman and was being pressured to drop the case. He said he was prouder of that moment than he was of his own son’s achievements.
Dr Raghunath Mashelkar –
The learned doctor spoke about the power of education, by detailing the story of a young man who was too poor to afford tuition and would take notes from outside classes. The child finally got a scholarship and then began his journey in the world. The child was the Dr. Mashelkar himself. He spoke about the power of positivity and of climbing the ladder of success. He also spoke about how to serve the nation correctly. He states that all one has to do is to think about the phrase, ‘My India’ in one mind and then think what little action can be taken to make that statement a reality in everyday life. This is how progress is achieved.
P Sreeramkrishnan –
he speaker of the Kerala Vidhan Sabha spoke of how he manages to control his charge in the state legislature and what his core beliefs are pertaining to democracy and secularism, concepts he believes cannot be split or debated upon, no matter what the consequences. He spoke about how nations fail, and how that can be redressed and that occurs only when the civil society is strengthened, and the only way to do so is to strengthen democracy. He believes that democracy must be revamped and redesigned, in order for it to be the bulwark which keeps civilizations from failing and for that transparency and involvement in the democratic process are a must.
Shri Shivraj Patil –
The honorable speaker spoke of the value of education and the need to constantly update education, something he believes that the Karad family is trying hard to education the youth of India as well as elder people such as himself. He spoke of how, when he was in the cabinet of Rajiv Gandhi, the need to update and evaluate education was keenly felt, something that has not abated in time, but rather increased in its urgency. He also spoke about how a nation such as India is progressing not due to some politicians or parties but because there is inherent goodness in most of the people within the nation. Similarly the responsibility for the bad that is happening in the country is not on some people, but on all of society. This we have a duty to serve our nation within us, and we must inculcate that responsibility with panache. He also spoke of the difficulty inherent in that duty and that that should not deter an individual simply because of its nature. He also warned everyone to not hear to rumors and to try and find the right information before taking decisions.
Dr Vijay P Bhatkar –
Dr. Vijay Bhatkar started by educating the audience that progress is the prerogative of the individual which must be exercised, without that any amount of talk as to what we must do will not matter. He spoke of the responsibility India possess due to it being more than a seventh of the total world population. He stresses on the bottom up approach to building India where all of us must look to the villages and uplift them, in order to truly benefit India due to the villages still representing the heart and soul of India. He spoke of how building of institutes of learning to service the rural community of India must be accelerated. He spoke of how that will be the only way we can achieve the status of being ‘Vishwa Guru’ of the world.
The vote of thanks was offered by a student leader from MIT-WPU itself, Mr Zakira Khan. After which the national anthem was played to conclude the session.