West Bengal: The re-awakening of Bengal is necessary for the State to begin once again making contributions to knowledge, science, and philosophy, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated on February 24.
Rajnath Singh was the chief guest at the annual convocation ceremony of Visva Bharati University in West Bengal’s Birbhum. Addressing the students, he said that the path to India’s progress goes through the students, and the knowledgeable students will create a strong country.
“I have full faith that in the coming times, many of you students will do something new and different on the strength of your hard work, dedication and values, and will bring laurels to yourself and your country in the world,” he said.
He continued by saying that the proper teacher-pupil ratio and the personality development of children were both given top priority in the new National Education Policy.
Rajnath praised Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore for his contributions to society, saying, “Today, when we are trying to eliminate caste discrimination from the society, making continuous efforts for women empowerment, empowering farmers and labourers, then all this is an effort to empower both Indian society and politics and its Gurudevji’s inspiration is behind.”
“Making India a top economy of the world by 2047 will be a true tribute to Gurudev. India is moving forward on the path of progress, the country is setting new standards in the field of Science and Technology and is making a mark in the world through ‘Make in India’ to ‘Make for the world’, it is the result of Gurudev’s vision. If we keep moving forward like this, then the day is not far when our India will be one of the topmost economies of the world,” the Defence Minister added.
Rajnath Singh said that the day is close when India will be one of the topmost economies of the world.
“Our country is continuously moving ahead as the 5th largest economy of the world,” he said.
The Defence Minister was on a two-day visit to the University. On February 24, he attended a cultural performance by university students. Union minister of State accompanied Education Subhas Sarkar, Vice Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and other dignitaries.
Rajnath Singh also exhorted the students to spread the fragrance of Visva Bharati wherever they go, describing it as their ethical duty. He termed Visva Bharati University as a physical manifestation of the philosophical legacy of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and an embodiment of his knowledge & wisdom.
Defence Minister said, “Visva Bharati is a unique blend of Indian as well as world knowledge. It assimilates the flow of knowledge from across the globe into Indian thought and enlightens the whole world”.
Elaborating on the concepts of Nationalism and universal humanism proposed by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the Defence Minister enlightened the students on how the great philosopher deeply influenced Indian society and politics with his thoughts, philosophy and values.
He emphasised that for centuries, Indian Nationalism is based on the feeling of cooperation and human welfare. “Indian Nationalism is cultural, not territorial. Consciousness comes before territory. Human welfare is the focus. Indian Nationalism is all-inclusive rather than exclusivist and is inspired by universal welfare. Visva-Bharati is an indicator of this sentiment,” Rajnath Singh said.