Inspiring the youth

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Inspiring the youth


The theme was Youth Make the World, and was conducted by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission at St Josephs College.

The programme is part of the youth festival that the Pune-based mission has been organising throughout the country on the occasion of their founder-head’s birthday. Dada Vaswani is 91-years-old and has a great connect with young people. In fact, our youth wing Bridge Builders has organised this event to enable young people to interact with Dada Vaswani as well as these young achievers and gain some inspiration and insight,” says Sapna Melwani, a committee member of the Bangalore mission.

Mohit Lalwani, the popular singer from Indian Idol, came down from Delhi specially for the event.

After a brief welcome by Ayesha D’Souza, a radio jockey, who also hosted the programme, the panel of young achievers consisting of Pankaj Advani (world champion in snooker and billiards), actress Ramya, and cricketer Robin Uthappa were introduced to the gathering. Mohit entertained the crowd with the song Yaroo Dosti and the panel described before the assembled gathering their personal success stories and the inspiration behind their achievements.

Dada Vaswani went on to interact with the youngsters with a blend of wit and wisdom that belied his age. “Youth is not a number, but a state of mind and should be free and open to new ideas and experiments. While the 20th century had seen a tremendous amount of progress and scientific discoveries it also had its fair share of violence and terror.It is basically up to youngsters to create a new world free from war and poverty,” he said. The discussion continued well into the evening with many young people asking for advice on love, life and personal matters.

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