Moily pitches for liberating knowledge from domain of few
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Last Updated: Friday, April 15, 2011, 23:58
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.


First Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, 23:58

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