'Take the pledge to change India'

 All the citizens of India should wake up to the reality that India should change and the change should come from the grassroot level. Every citizen of India must know that we are the builders of the nation, said Manipal University former vice chancellor Dr B M Hegde. He was speaking after unfurling the tri-coloured flag at Alva’s college campus at Vidyagiri in Moodibidri on Friday.

He further said that India should regain its prime place it enjoyed in 12th century. Wisdom thrived in this very land. The great thinkers of the world came here to take the wisdom to the outer world.

“To lay the foundation for a strong India, we need education, wisdom and compassion. Education should make healthy minds and not wealthy careers. The future of India lies in the hands of students and they should take a pledge to change our country,” B M Hedge said.

“It is our duty to respect the soldiers who laid down their lives for our safety. We must behold our soldiers and congratulate them,” he added.

Twenty thousand students clad in the tri-coloured attire brought the spirit of patriotism alive.

Bansuri exponent Pravin Godkhindi and his accompanists from Krishna Fusion troupe presented ‘Nadalahari’ fusion music on the Rathnakaravarni stage.

The performance set to the patriotic theme gathered wide appreciations from the gathering.

Former MLA Amarnath Shetty, Alva’s Education Trust President Dr M Mohan Alva and others were present.

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