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Shri Narendra Modi’s Inspiring Words at Veer Narmad University, Surat

26th February, 2012

 

Friends, the amount of importance we attach for ‘Diksha’ (initiation)is more than that for ‘Shiksha’ (education) and unless and until an educated person gets initiated, the education is considered incomplete. Earliest mention of convocations date back to the ‘Taittiriya Upanishad’. But by tradition, as per the norms of Gurukul education, once the student completes his studies then the mentors would evaluate him through various tests and while passing through that, whatever they have learnt in their daily routine was assessed and even the students were not made aware about their assessment! The student was observed very minutely and thereafter would become a degree holder and eligible to go in other ‘Ashrams’ in their life.

Friends, student life is the best phase of one’s life. On one side we are pleased that after being a degree holder, we will be going back to our society, but at the same time it’s the beginning of a big responsibility. As a student, you could introduce yourself to your friends or in society that you are studying in final year and so no further details are asked. You are studying, that’s all! But the moment you say that you are a graduate, immediately the next question arises that then what are you doing now? What will you be doing? What have you thought? This goes on about job and regarding girl also and if she’s a girl, the same starts regarding the boy. It’s natural. While studying there are no tensions, no questions. And to avoid that what do many people do? Till nothing else is settled, they take admission in CA, so if asked, they can say that I am doing CA, which is itself an unending process! Friends, when we are students, there are many people to guide us. We have a sort of protected life. In the family, our family members get worried for us, elder members related to family are concerned for us, in educational institutions many times even the support staff guides us saying no-no, this should not be done… Friends, you must have experienced this and we too feel that even XYZ understands this but we don’t! Teachers would also guide for what to do and what not. And because of this we remain relaxed. Wherever any mistake occurs, there is someone to stop and guide us and this brings us courage to freely take a step. But the moment we come out of this situation than at every moment, we have to take our own decision. If we see around, we don’t find any teacher standing nearby, the attitude of the society towards us gets changed and a kind of analytical phase gets initiated. All those who are getting degrees today, are entering in the analytical phase of life. And when assessment begins, every moment, right from their childhood till date, wherever they studied, from whichever teacher they achieved knowledge; the entire story is recollected in some or other manner in the mind. If we decide to do something, we remember that yes, our teacher had told us about this in the class! If we go somewhere for an interview and some questions are asked, immediately a thought comes in our mind that one of my teachers had told us something about this, but now I don’t remember it. Friends, at every step you will keep on remembering your previous days and in this context- it is true that the beginning of the life is always tough. One has to pass through various challenges in the life in some or the other manner.

I wish that since we are students of a University whose name is associated with Veer Narmad, so whether we can do something or not but Friends, let us imbibe one sentence of Narmad in our lives, ‘Never step back, once taken. Friends, confused people in the social life can neither gain anything nor are able to give anything to the society. Only decisive people are able to achieve the determined goal. Indecisive people waste most of their time trapped in the same entanglement. You must have seen many people at a bus station, if there are four buses standing, they are unable to decide which bus they should board and ultimately they board the last one after three buses have left-they simply cannot decide. And we experience this in our day-to-day lives. Many people, when they are sick and need to be operated are unable to decide whether to get operated or not, from A doctor or B doctor. In the meantime, their disease gets so severe that it even goes out of doctor’s control. Reason? This is nothing but indecisiveness. Friends, a confused life should not have any relation with a youth. I am young, it means that I am resolute and if I am not resolute, surely I am not young. If I am very fearful, very insecure, I am afraid to take any further step for I may slip down somewhere…It means I have lost the youthfulness of my mind and therefore, to be decisive, to have a confusion free life is the very first condition of being young. Friends, decisive people are courageous also. In fact, a confused person is deficient in courage. He is fearful that what if anything goes wrong? What if anyone says something? May be if this happens then? Friends, children are never confused because they have no fear. Those who have fear are confused and so the courage in life, fearlessness in the mind is inevitable for the progress of life. Till there is a mental condition of courage, if fear doesn’t touch me in any circumstances, I don’t see anything dark and brightness appears to me at each and every moment, and only a person who thinks like this can decide the path of his life. One need not wait to see the light till the Sun rises. Friends, efficient people are able to find their path even in the light of a star. The life is not meant to wait for the golden moments. Friends, in the darkness of our life, we can have brightness by the light of a star and Friends, it is seen that even if it’s dark and cloudy, a tribal man makes path of his life in the light of glow-worms. If a single glow-wormcan show the path of life, then I am a man leading prosperous life, why should there be any hindrance in my life? If this is the power of determination then we can change our life.

Friends, many times while working in life, you may feel that I could become graduate because my father paid the fees, today I am achieving the degree because of him, but it’s not so my friends. I studied till late night and therefore now I am a degree-holder, It’s not so. During exams I skipped to watch the best movie and so I have passed, it’s like that? It’s not like that. Many people have given their contribution in some or the other way in molding my life. It must have happened that I might have got bored in the college and so went out of the campus and got a cup of tea from tiny kettle from someone sitting under the shade of a tree and got refreshed and returned back to the class-room. Today, while getting your degree, you must remember every single man and woman who has made a difference in your life. Friends, it is possible that you may missed your bus and got late for exam and you must have requested the bus driver to drive fast so as to reach at exam time and on your request he might have speeded by taking risk and managed to drop you in time. Friends, today be thankful to him and remember him also. Friends, some peon must have worn-out his whole life to clean the chair or the bench on which you sat and studied, just remember that peon also. Friends, there is contribution of so many people, whatever I am able to achieve in life is the result of the efforts of so many people. It means that there is an obligation of the entire society on me. The time begins to return back those obligations after achieving my degree. I will try to return those obligations at each and every moment. I will never forget the obligations or debts of society that I have in my life, I will obey and fulfill my duties. And if this is the attitude in your life then only we can realize the sense of contentment.

Friends, as you are departing after your convocation ceremony, I want to say that if you no longer remain a student, then you are not going towards the life, but towards death. I am speaking this with great responsibility. Friends, after your departure from here, if you think that your student life is over, it means your lifespan is over and you are near to death. Friends, a student should live within you throughout the life. A student should remain alive within you till the end of the life. There cannot be any youngster whose life comes to a standstill. There has to be a continuous flow of development and for that it is necessary to remain student at every moment of life. I should be eager to learn at every moment. My tendency should be to acquire knowledge at every moment. It should become the root element of life, it needs to be formed in our DNA. Mentality of being a student should be a part of our DNA and only then there are chances of progress in life.

Ladies & Gentlemen, this is a year of 150thBirth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda ji. And as we are celebrating this 150thBirth Anniversary, the Gujarat Government has decided to celebrate it as a ‘Year of Youth Power’. And this will not be restricted to just conducting essay competitions or elocution competitions. A focus is formed on enhancement of talent and skill! Friends, skill is equally important to knowledge in life and in the absence of the skill, many times the puddle of education remains useless and gets wasted. As I have mentioned about an incident many times, today I wish to mention it again. It relates to Dada Dharmadhikari, who was Vinobaji companion and a follower of Gandhiji’s ideology. His many books are worth to be read. Dada Dharmadhikari has written that a youth came to meet him once and said that “Dada, do something for my job…” so Dada asked him, “Brother, what do you know?” so that youth answered, “I am a graduate”. He said, “It is okay, but what do you know?” He again replied, “I am a graduate”, then he showed some certificates from his bag, so he said “It is fine that you are a graduate, but what do you know”, he again replied “Sir, I am a graduate” Dada said, “Brother, that all is okay, but you tell me whether you know driving?” He said, “No”, “Do you know typing?” he said, “No”, “Can you cook? Can you swim..?”, ”No, but I am a graduate, I have certificate..!”. Friends, skill is also important in life along with the degree and by keeping this point in mind, on the occasion of 150thBirth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda ji, a huge campaign will be initiated in the whole State for the enhancement of skills. Each and every person is acquainted with some or the other extra talent and skill, he has the capacity to be self-reliant. Friends, India is a fortunate country and we all are living in such an era when India is the youngest country in entire world. 65% people in this country are less than 35 years of age. The country that has such a huge youth power, how young her dreams could be, how bright her dreams could be..! Along with such young dreams, young bright dreams, this Bharat Mata may become Universal Mentor and for the fulfillment of this dream of Swami Vivekananda, epoch has arrived. And if such feelings are inculcated in the minds of the youth, such a huge nation with a population of 120 crore, having 65 % youth… Friends, with their talents, with their skills, with their aptitude, with their knowledge, with their intelligence, it can has ability to become world leader. It was a dream of Vivekananda ji that “I can see in front of my eyes, I can see the destiny that our Bharat Mata will be placed at the position of Universal Mentor, I can see this..!”. Friends, the dream of Vivekananda ji, 150 years have passed, it is our responsibility to fulfill it. As a youth if we take a resolution than soon we can place Bharat Mata at the position of Universal Leader.

Friends, the way education has been evoked in Gujarat, it is now yielding the desired success. ‘Kanya Kelavani’ campaign is initiated, ‘Praveshotsav’ has also been stirred up. When I had taken up the responsibility, 7-8 years ago, that time people were unaware about all such activities. Friends, today the situation is such that so many people are moving towards higher education. Deprived, oppressed, tribal people are gaining higher education in large numbers. And for this purpose, a substantial amount of Rs. 100 crores is allocated to build hostels for the students coming from remote areas and has come forward by acquiring education. In the Budget of Gujarat, such a huge amount of Rs. 100 crores has been allocated to build hostels, so that the people living in the interior areas can get acquainted with education with lodging & boarding facilities, such a big mission has been taken up. Friends, the way Gujarat is developing, accordingly we have concentrated on developing the manpower also. In the year 2001, when the citizens of Gujarat entrusted this responsibility upon me, there were only 11 universities in the State. Ladies & Gentlemen, today there are 41 universities. There are more universities compared to the number of collages in the last century and the universities are on a par with the world-class universities and we are going ahead in that direction. 

All those young friends who are approaching towards a new path of life, I heartily congratulate them and my best wishes to all of them.

 

Thankyou..!

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मुझे आप लोगों की बातें सुनकर के बहुत अच्छा लगा और मुझे खुशी है आज हमारे साथी मंत्री पियूष जी, संजय जी, ये सारे लोग भी हमारे साथ हैं और साथि‍यों 'टॉय-केथॉनमें जो देशभर से प्रतिभागी हैं, अन्य जो महानुभव हैं और भी आज इस कार्यक्रम को जो देख रहे हैं।

देखि‍ए हमारे यहां कहा जाता है-'साहसे खलु श्री: वसति'यानि साहस में ही श्री रहती है, समृद्धि रहती है। इस चुनौतीपूर्ण समय में देश के पहले टॉय-केथॉन का आयोजन इसी भावना को मजबूत करता है। इस'टॉय-केथॉनमें हमारे बाल मित्रों से लेकर, युवा साथियों, टीचर्स, स्टार्ट अप्स और उद्यमियों ने भी बहुत उत्साह से हिस्सा लिया है। पहली बार ही डेढ़ हजार से ज्यादा टीमों का ग्रैंड फिनाले में शामिल होना, ये अपने आप में उज्जवल भविष्य के संकेत देता है।ये Toys और games के मामले में आत्मनिर्भर भारत अभियान को भी मजबूती देता है। इसमें कुछ साथियों के बहुत अच्छे आइडियाज भी उभर कर के आगे आए हैं। अभी कुछ साथियों के साथ मुझे बातचीत करने का अवसर भी मिला। मैं इसके लिए फिर  से एक  बार बधाई देता हूँ।

साथियों,

बीते 5-6 वर्षों में हैकाथॉन को देश की समस्याओं के समाधान का एक बड़ा प्लेटफॉर्म बनाया गया है। इसके पीछे की सोच है- देश के सामर्थ्य को संगठित करना, उसे एक माध्यम देना। कोशिश ये है कि देश की चुनौतियों और समाधान से हमारे नौजवान का सीधा कनेक्ट हो। जब ये कनेक्ट मजबूत होता है तो हमारी युवा शक्ति की प्रतिभा भी सामने आती है और देश को बेहतर समाधान भी मिलते हैं। देश के पहले 'टॉय-केथॉन' का मकसद भी यही है। मुझे याद है, मैंने खिलौनों और डिजिटल गेमिंग की दुनिया में आत्मनिर्भरता और लोकल सोल्यूशंस के लिए युवा साथियों से अपील की थी। उसका एक पॉजिटिव रिस्पॉन्स देश में देखने को मिल रहा है। हालांकि चंद लोगों को ये भी लगता है कि खिलौने ही तो हैं, इनको लेकर इतनी गंभीर चर्चा की ज़रूरत क्यों है? असल में ये Toys, ये Games, हमारी मानसिक शक्ति, हमारी क्रिएटिविटी और हमारी अर्थव्यवस्था पर, ऐसे अनेक पहलुओं को प्रभावित करते हैं। इसलिए इन विषयों कीबात भी उतनी ही आवश्यक है।हम सब जानते हैं किबच्चे की पहली पाठशाला अगर परिवार होता है तो, पहली किताब और पहला दोस्त, ये खिलौने ही होते हैं। समाज के साथ बच्चे का पहला संवाद इन्हीं खिलौनों के माध्यम से होता है।आपने देखा होगा, बच्चे खि‍लौनो से बाते करते रहते हैं, उनको instruction देते हैं, उनसे कुछ काम करवाते हैं। क्योंकि उसी से उसके सामाजिक जीवन की एक प्रकार से शुरुआत होती है।इसी तरह, ये Toys, ये बोर्ड गेम्स, धीरे-धीरे उसकी स्कूल लाइफ का भी एक अहम हिस्सा बन जाते हैं, सीखने और सिखाने का माध्यम बन जाते हैं। इसके अलावा खिलौनों से जुड़ा एक और बहुत बड़ा पक्ष है, जिसे हर एक को जानने की जरूरत है। ये है Toys और Gaming की दुनिया की अर्थव्यवस्था- Toyconomy आज हम जब बात कर रहे हैं तो Global Toy Market करीब करीब 100 बिलियन डॉलर का है। इसमें भारत की हिस्सेदारी सिर्फ डेढ़ बिलियन डॉलर के आस पास ही है, सिर्फ डेढ़ बिलियन। आज हम अपनी आवश्यकता के भी लगभग 80 प्रतिशत खिलौने विदेशों से आयात करते हैं। यानि इन पर देश का करोड़ों रुपए बाहर जा रहा है। इस स्थिति को बदलना बहुत ज़रूरी है। और ये सिर्फ आंकड़ों की ही बात नहीं है, बल्कि ये सेक्टर देश के उस वर्ग तक, उस हिस्से तक विकास पहुंचाने में सामर्थ्य रखता है, जहां इसकी अभी सबसे ज्यादा ज़रूरत है। खेल से जुड़ा जो हमारा कुटीर उद्योग है, जो हमारी कला है, जो हमारे कारीगर हैं, वो गांव, गरीब, दलित, आदिवासी समाज में बड़ी संख्या में हैं। हमारे ये साथी बहुत सीमित संसाधनों में हमारी परंपरा, हमारी संस्कृति को अपनी बेहतरीन कला से निखारकर अपने खिलौनों में ढालते रहे हैं। इसमें भी विशेष रूप से हमारी बहनें, हमारी बेटियां बहुत बड़ी भूमिका निभा रही हैं। खिलौनों से जुड़े सेक्टर के विकास से, ऐसी महिलाओं के साथ ही देश के दूर-दराज इलाकों में रहने वाले हमारे आदिवासी और गरीब साथियों को भी बहुत लाभ होगा। लेकिन ये तभी संभव है जब, हम अपने लोकल खिलौनों के लिए वोकल होंगे, लोकल के लिए वोकल होना जरूरी है औरउनको बेहतर बनाने के लिए, ग्लोबल मार्केट में कंपिटेंट बनाने के लिए हर स्तर पर प्रोत्साहन देंगे। इसके लिए इनोवेशन से लेकर फाइनेंसिंग तक नए मॉडल विकसित करना बहुत ज़रूरी है। हर नए आइडिया को Incubate करना ज़रूरी है। नए Start ups को कैसे प्रमोट करें और खिलौनों की पारंपरिक कला को, कलाकारों को, कैसे नई टेक्नॉलॉजी, नई मार्केट डिमांड के अनुसार तैयार करें, ये भी आवश्यक है। 'टॉय-केथॉन' जैसे आयोजनों के पीछे यही सोच है।

साथियों,

सस्ता डेटा और इंटरनेट में आई तेजी, आज गांव- गांव तक देश को डिजिटली कनेक्ट कर रही है। ऐसे में फिजिकल खेल और खिलौनों के साथ-साथ वर्चुअल, डिजिटल, ऑनलाइन गेमिंग में भी भारत की संभावनाएं और सामर्थ्य, दोनों तेज़ी से बढ़ रहे हैं। लेकिन जितने भी ऑनलाइन या डिजिटल गेम्स आज मार्केट में उपलब्ध हैं, उनमें से अधिकतर का कॉन्सेप्ट भारतीय नहीं है, हमारी सोच से मेल नहीं खाता है। आप भी जानते हैं कि इसमें अनेक गेम्स के कॉन्सेप्ट या तो Violence को प्रमोट करते हैं या फिर Mental Stress का कारणबनातेहैं। इसलिए हमारा दायित्व है कि ऐसे वैकल्पिक कॉन्सेप्ट डिजायन हों, जिसमें भारत का मूल चिंतन, जो सम्पूर्ण मानव कल्याण से जुड़ा हुआ हो, वो हो, तकनीकि रूप में Superior हों, Fun भी हो, Fitness भी हो, दोनों को बढ़ावा मिलता रहे।और मैं अभी ये स्पष्ट देख रहा हूं कि Digital Gaming के लिए ज़रूरी Content और Competence हमारे यहां भरपूर है। हम 'टॉय-केथॉन' में भी हम भारत की इस ताकत को साफ देख सकते हैं। इसमें भी जो आइडिया सलेक्ट हुए हैं, उनमें मैथ्स और कैमिस्ट्री को आसान बनाने वाले कॉन्सेप्ट हैं, और साथ ही Value Based Society को मजबूत करने वाले आइडियाज भी हैं। अब जैसे, ये जो आई कॉग्नीटो Gaming का कॉन्सेप्ट आपने दिया है, इसमें भारत की इसी ताकत का समावेश है। योगसे VR और AI टेक्नॉलॉजी से जोड़कर एक नया गेमिंग सोल्यूशन दुनिया को देना बहुत अच्छा प्रयास है। इसी तरह आयुर्वेद से जुड़ा बोर्ड गेम भी पुरातन और नूतन का अद्भुत संगम है। जैसा कि थोड़ी देर पहले बातचीत के दौरान नौजवानों ने बताया भीकिये कंपीटिटिव गेम, दुनिया में योग को दूर-सुदूर पहुंचाने में बहुत मदद कर सकता है।

साथियों,

भारत के वर्तमान सामर्थ्य को, भारत की कला-संस्कृति को, भारत के समाज को आज दुनिया ज्यादा बेहतर तरीके सेसमझने के लिए बहुत उत्सुक है, लोग समझना चाहते हैं। इसमें हमारी Toys और Gaming Industry बहुत बड़ी भूमिका निभा सकती है। मेरा हर युवा इनोवेटर से, हर स्टार्ट-अप से ये आग्रह है कि एक बात का बहुत ध्यान रखें। आप पर दुनिया में भारत के विचार और भारत का सामर्थ्य, दोनों की सही तस्वीर रखने की जिम्मेदारी भी है।एक भारतश्रेष्ठ भारत से लेकर वसुधैव कुटुंबकम की हमारी शाश्वत भावना को समृद्ध करने का दायित्व भी आप पर है। आज जब देश आज़ादी के 75 वर्ष का अमृत महोत्सव मना रहा है, तो ये Toys और Gaming से जुड़े सभी Innovators और creators के लिए बहुत बड़ा अवसर है। आज़ादी के आंदोलन से जुड़ी अनेक ऐसी दास्तान हैं, जिनको सामने लाना ज़रूरी हैं। हमारे क्रांतिवीरों, हमारे सेनानियों के शौर्य की, लीडरशिप की कई घटनाओं को खिलौनों और गेम्स के कॉन्सेप्ट के रूप में तैयार किया जा सकता है। आप भारत के Folk को Future से कनेक्ट करने वाली भी एक मज़बूत कड़ी हैं। इसलिए ये ज़रूरी है कि हमारा फोकस ऐसे Toys, ऐसे गेम्स का निर्माण करने पर भी हो जो हमारी युवा पीढ़ी को भारतीयता के हर पहलू को Interesting और Interactive तरीके से बताए। हमारे Toys और Games, Engage भी करें, Entertain भी करें और Educate भी करें, ये हमें सुनिश्चित करना है। आप जैसे युवा इनोवेटर्स और क्रिएटर्स से देश को बहुत उम्मीदें हैं। मुझे पूरा विश्वास है कि आप अपने लक्ष्यों में जरूर सफल होंगे, अपने सपनों को जरूर साकार करेंगे। एक बार फिर इस 'टॉय-केथॉन' के सफल आयोजन के लिए मैं बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूँ, बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं देता हूँ !

धन्यवाद !