New Delhi: Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily
on Friday pitched for "liberating" knowledge from the domain of a
few and said inclusion of all sections in the development
story should be ensured to take `team India` forward.
India, which will be the youngest nation in the next
25-30 years, can replace the US at the top if it derives the
"demographic dividend", he told a seminar on "Towards
Knowledge, Development and Peace -- Outlining Roadmaps for the
Future" organised by the Institute of Objective Studies to
launch its silver jubilee celebrations.
"But developing only a group of people will not
help...every section should find space in political, economic
and social spheres. Not one Sachin Tendulkar, but the whole
team India should achieve excellence," he said.
Emphasising on the need for "liberating" knowledge from
domain a few, he said knowledge is power and universalisation
of knowledge will transfer power from a few to everyone. "We
need a paradigm shift in society," Moily said.
The minister said he does not believe in "merit theory".
"Merit is in everyone. Everyone is intelligent. It is
about nurture, not nature."
Asking all to create space within their hearts and shun
the "feeling of untouchability inside their minds" against
minorities, backwards, Dalits and other marginalised sections,
he said the proposed overarching right to justice bill will
act against segregation, ghettoisation and deprivation.
Stressing on the need for transparency in a democracy, he
said "We should take a oath of transparency than of secrecy."
Addressing the seminar, Minister of State for HRD D
Purandeswari also said development should be inclusive so that
it covers the vulnerable sections.
"Never before everything looked so driven by GDP and
purchasing power. The frightening aspect of growth scenario is
that it reduces man to a mere consumer. Societies must
transform themselves by imbibing higher values," she said.
A host of academicians and other prominent personalities,
including former Chief Justice of India A M Ahmadi, attended
the inaugural session of the three-day seminar that will see
participation of delegates from India and abroad.