Former union minister and Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday said continuous self renewal should be the mantra to excel better in life for all the young people in India.
Scindia was in ITM University in Gwalior on Saturday to attend a programme -- My Vision-My India. While recalling his days in Harvard University in 1990, the MP from Guna emphasized on the need for strong horizontal base, mainly values, social justice, vision, execution and human resources.
A vertical growth based on strong horizontal fundamentals will then be enduring and yield sustainable results, the Congress leader said, adding, “And a continuous self renewal is mantra to excel better in life.”
Students and management of ITM University were surprised to see the former union minister picking up a cordless microphone and talking freely with students after delivering his keynote address at the campus on Saturday. He walked to the students at the audience and began interacting with them.
Scindia replied to all queries from students including politics, reservation, technology and government policy formulation etc. But more importantly he (Scindia) allowed space and humor to let the student hold their breath and confidence while answering.
Recalling his days at the United Nations as an intern, Scindia told the students of ITM University that he had witnessed the signing of the peace accord between the US secretary of state John Baker and defense minister of Iraq Tariq Azees.
The former minister lauded Bihar’s Anand Kumar for his Super-30 model of personality development which has been an excellent blend of academic and vocational training. “We will invite Anand to Guna for first-hand interaction with our students,” Scindia said.
The model of development in India should be “Make for India” instead of “Make in India” because the country’s strength lies in manufacturing, service and agriculture, Scindia said. Robotics will be the emerging trend in future, while finance and banking sectors jobs will witness a decline, he added.
Scindia, who is also the Congress chief whip, also raised the issue of malnutrition, which has badly hit Madhya Pradesh. He said 194 million children in India are malnourished. He also censured the growing culture of intolerance in India. “In a democracy difference of opinion is alright, but conflict among people is not tolerable,” he said.
The Congress MP recalled his father Madhavrao Scindia’s contribution in railway reforms and cleanliness drive. As a railway minister, his father had floated the idea of fixing photos of gods and goddesses at railways station to ensure cleanliness.
“It (photos of gods and goddesses) had helped to keep the railway stations clean,” he said, adding that Swachch Bharat was also not a new idea, and was first promoted by Mahatma Gandhi.