Cel­e­brat­ing Chil­dren’s day

The Hitavada - - THE OPINION PAGE -

Sir,

Four­teenth Novem­ber is cel­e­brated across the coun­try as chil­dren’s day on the birth an­niver­sary of Jawa­har­lal Nehru, the first Prime Min­ster of In­de­pen­dent In­dia and fondly re­ferred to as Chacha Nehru. He was dy­namic in ev­ery sense of the term and had a far-sighted vi­sion of build­ing a Mod­ern In­dia. He ini­ti­ated many mo­men­tous steps in the di­rec­tion that pro­pelled us to at­tain sev­eral mile­stones. He also had a strong affin­ity for chil­dren and wanted them to be with over­flow­ing tal­ents as they are, the torch-bear­ers for the fu­ture. Our present sys­tem of ed­u­ca­tion is cer­tainly good and has evolved well over pe­riod but per­haps it still lacks the fo­cus and re­quires to be moulded fur­ther in terms of nur­tur­ing and en­hanc­ing the level of cre­ativ­ity in the kids so that when they ad­vance in age and ma­ture, they de­velop that habit of out-of-box think­ing and can do it of­ten. Cook­ing, spoon-feed­ing, and tend­ing to be more book­ish are good enough to pro­cure a rea­son­able job and make both ends meet but not any­thing be­yond that in terms of stay­ing con­struc­tive in life. It is the free­dom to think and act dif­fer­ently that builds cre­ativ­ity in us, max­imises the con­fi­dence level, and takes us to as­sume the cen­trestage.

In­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity have to­day be­come a buzz­word al­most ev­ery­where and more so in the cor­po­rate world. The youth of to­day has a much greater ex­po­sure to the out­side world through the modes of IT and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion which have truly rev­o­lu­tionised more than ever be­fore and they have op­por­tu­ni­ties wide open and hence have a larger role and re­spon­si­bil­ity to play, shoul­der, cease­lessly de­velop and flour­ish for the good of self, hu­man­ity, and so­ci­ety at large. They should, there­fore, be made to stay well mo­ti­vated al­ways, en­cour­age de­liv­er­ing the best, and re­al­is­ing the dreams of Chacha Nehru. That is the best way of pay­ing trib­ute to him. Gen­er­ate ideas and ideas cre­ate values and values in turn bind our be­liefs. Srini­vasan Umashankar, Nag­pur

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