Bringing youth power upfront

MARTYRs DAY

At a time when youth’s potential plays a significant role in bringing about reform in society, the biggest challenge is in channelising their energy.

The Department of Business Economics, Shivaji College, Delhi University, organised a series of lectures on the power the youth had in bringing about change.

‘Invoke – Envisioning Thoughts’ was a daylong session by well-known academicians and politicians. Dr Subramanian Swamy, president of the Janata Party, Brinda Karat, politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Nirmala Sitaraman, national spokesperson for the BJP, and Prof Chaman Lal, Hindi Translation at the Centre of Indian Languages, JNU, were present, among others.

 To mark Martyr’s Day, the students felicitated Inderjit Kaur who is the niece of the great martyr, Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ajay Maken, in his speech, highlighted the role of youth in business and entrepreneurship, education and social uplift.

Professor Chaman Lal spoke about Bhagat Singh’s ideologies and his dream of India as a nation.

India’s economic policies and political systems were highlighted by Dr Subramanian Swamy. He urged the students to stick to their moral obligations which would indirectly help in nation-building.

While Brinda Karat and Nirmala Sitaraman debated capitalism, its evolution into crony capitalism, Prof Yogendra Yadav, social scientist and member of the governing council of the Indian Council of Social Science, emphasised the concept of nation-building by rising above the self.

Reacting to the lectures, Diveneet, a student of Shivaji College, said, “I liked Chaman Lal’s views about Bhagat Singh – he made a link between Bhagat Singh and the youth of today. The best part was that we were made aware of the books that he used to read. Surprisingly, we have never heard of these books, but now we will search the bookstores!”

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