Work as crusaders for change: Somnath to youths
Rohtak: Former Lok Sabha Speaker
Somnath Chatterjee Monday asked youths to work as crusaders for removing the ills plaguing our society and provide leadership
to change the system for the better.
"It is of little use to be just critical of the
aberrations or non-achievements in the society. You have to be
participants in bringing about the change and not be mere
bystanders or critics," he said at the 15th convocation
function at Maharishi Dayanand University here.
The country has great expectations from its youth who
should bring in freshness of approach along with youthful
energy and passion for addressing the imperfections in the
institutions of democracy, he said.
"Parliament still remains the most potent vehicle for
translating people's expectations into reality, to bring about
socio-economic and political transformation...the country
requires larger numbers of committed youths to come forward to
occupy the political space," he said.
Stressing the role of education in building a nation,
Chatterjee said education alone can bring about democratic
consolidation, social cohesiveness and sustained growth.
"Education is the most effective instrument to acquire
knowledge, to nurture social and moral values, and to make
citizens socially sensitive, responsible and forward looking,"
He rued the fact that in spite of substantial progress
made during the last seven decades, India presents a
contrasting picture of affluence and deprivation.
"On the one hand there is India of the rich, of those
who have had the benefit of modern education and are
intellectually and materially empowered, and, on the other, is
deprivation, squalor, illiteracy, ignorance, intolerance and
prejudice," the former Lok Sabha speaker said.
He regretted that polity fractured on religious, caste,
regional and linguistic lines and influenced by
confrontational politics was greatly weakening our democratic
structure and simultaneously stifling the country's progress.
Earlier, renowned classical vocalist Pt Jasraj was
conferred the honorary D Litt degree in the convocation for
his outstanding contribution in Indian classical music.