Business tycoon Ratan Tata advised young students to imbibe ethical, traditional and cultural values, apart from academic knowledge, for leaving behind a legacy for the future generations.
At the 119th founders’ day function of The Scindia School on Friday evening, Tata – the chief guest at the event – said no matter what career the youngsters pursue in life, they should be adjudged by what legacy they leave behind.
He lauded the role of educational institutions in molding holistic growth of students.
During an interactive session, Tata told students that he never compromised with the fundamental principle of honesty. The business tycoon added his grandmother and JRD Tata left indelible impression on him in his childhood. Tata also briefly spoke about the atmosphere of intolerance which the country was facing.
Earlier, in his presidential address, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the country’s secular fabric was threatened by intolerance and by actions of cow vigilantes.
“People are being coerced not to eat or dress freely... The situation is in sharp contrast with the basic spirit of democracy. The freedom of speech, discussion, debate and dissent are the hallmarks of a progressive society,” he said.
Scindia spoke about the creation of Phoolbagh square by the erstwhile Scindia rulers to build a temple, a mosque, a gurdwara and a theosophical society at four corners. “The idea was to promote social fabric and harmony among people of various sects.”
The former Union minister also recalled the old ties which the Scindia family shares with the Tatas.