Politicians of all shapes came together for a three-day student gathering – the Bharatiya Chatra Sansad (BCS) – held over the past weekend at the MIT School of Government in Pune – to give young people an overview of how parliamentarians work and what it entails to be in active public service across Politics.
At this offline event that concluded on Saturday, some 10,000 students from across the country got the chance to participate in the deliberations featuring the stars of India’s parliamentary democracy – from ruling party leaders to opposition leaders to the men and women who ran Parliament – former speakers of the Lok Sabha from different distributions.
The annual National Meeting for Democracy and Representative Politics has also seen an intense debate on the media and social media – on the topic of whether the media is governed by noise or the law. The session was attended by Manish Tiwari, Member of Parliament and Party Spokesperson, Mrs. Irum Sharmila, Civil Rights Activist and Iron Lady of Manipur, Hema Sardisai, Social Activist and Singer, and Apramya Radhakrishnan, CEO and Founder Co.
Concept and initiative by Rahul V. Karad, MD and CEO of Mayer Institute of Technology and CEO, MIT School of Government, 12The tenth The Bharatiya Chhatra Parishad edition aims to motivate and inspire students to become more aware of their surroundings and society at large. The aim of this event was to inculcate among the students the need to use communication platforms wisely to publicize issues and agenda that have led to the betterment of society.
In this regard, the students were also exposed to issues that dominate the minds of the masses such as the Uniform Civil Code – established by Chandrakant Dada Patil, Honorable Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Govt. Maharashtra. The Uniform Civil Code should promote the fundamental rights of women in all religions, sects, and groups of society. The minister said he should give equal rights in inheritance, decision in marriage, divorce, adoption, etc. This will bring about the required economic and social change in society and improve the conditions of women in India.
Among the attendees, M Ritu Khanduri Bhushan, Honorable Speaker of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, Education Minister of Punjab, Leader of AAP, Youth Icon and Youngest Minister in the Punjab Government, Mr. Harjot Singh Bains, Raashid Alvi, Supreme Leader of Congress, Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Minister of Legislative Affairs, Environment, Law, Judiciary, Public Works and Government. Goa, Mrs. Mahalakshmi Bavani, Senior Advocate, President of the Women’s Lawyers Association of the Supreme Court and Deputy Chair of the Congressional Legal Cell.
The farewell ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshari and Senior Leaders Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan, Smit. Meera Kumar and Shri Girish Mahajan.
In a hypothetical speech, the Governor of Maharashtra stressed that the youth of today must achieve great heights in modern science and spiritual knowledge. He said, “We cannot separate politics from us. Programs like the Indian Student Parliament will serve as a guide for young people.”
Sumitra Mahajan, Padma Bhushan, former speaker, Lok Sabha spoke about the right and inspired students to follow principles in their political field
Dr Meera Kumar, former Lok Sabha Chairperson and Union Minister spoke about the issues faced by today’s society. She talked about the achievements made by the country since independence. Girish Mahajan, Minister of Sports, Youth Welfare, Medical Education and Rural Development of Maharashtra, Panchayati Raj shared his experiences as a student leader and stressed the importance of students joining politics.
The Lok Sabha spokesperson, Shri Om Birla, also praised and endorsed the event, expressing his happiness for the initiative via a message.
Mr. Phadnavis envisioned the significant contribution to youth nation building and praised how Digital Bharat is being used to drive India towards its 5 trillion economy. He said “For our country, Sabka Saath – Sabka Vikaas, Sabka vishwaas aur Sabka Prayas should become our motto. But the most important for you students is Sabka Prayas, the ability and absolute necessity to try.”
Shri farewell ceremony concludes. Confirmed by Rahul F. Karad, MD and CEO, MIT Mayer Institute of Technology and CEO, MIT World Peace University and initiator chair, MIT School of Government, on the role of students and student leaders in shaping the nation’s future decision-makers.
He said that he believes that education is an important factor that directly affects democracy. “Thus, we should focus on developing a new and improved education system that will allow students and teachers to understand the true purpose of education,” Karad added.
(Lakshman Venkat Kochi is a prominent journalist who follows social, economic and political issues and is interested in sports as well. He has worked with prominent news organizations.)