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?Each citizen must become role model?

CONTINUOUS EVOLVEMENT constitutes eternal religion, opined Union Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde. He was speaking at a symposium entitled ?Human development-a social initiative? organised under the aegis of Sri Sadguru Dutt Dharmik and Parmarthik Trust at Anand Mohan Mathur Auditorium yesterday.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 13:09 IST

CONTINUOUS EVOLVEMENT constitutes eternal religion, opined Union Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde. He was speaking at a symposium entitled ‘Human development-a social initiative’ organised under the aegis of Sri Sadguru Dutt Dharmik and Parmarthik Trust at Anand Mohan Mathur Auditorium yesterday.

Shinde said that high moral and traditional values nurtured and venerated in the Indian way of life were loosing their sheen and it was the duty of the elders to initiate the youngsters into it and prevent them from aping anything in the name of modernity and shield them from its blinding effects.

The Government and elected leadership or role models from any sphere of life are not solely responsible for initialising much needed change and reform but it was the duty of every citizen to play a pro-active role by performing his duties thus becoming a role model for others to follow.

True leaders were not bogged down by trivialities such as partisan politics, state jurisdiction and the likes but worked whole and sole for the benefit of the common man.

Praising the work done by the trust under the guidance of ‘Rashtra Sant’ Uday Singh Deshmukh aka Bhaiyyu Maharaj he said that his involvement in social reconstruction by way of numerous plans and schemes being run by him was so copious that it almost read like the budget of a ruling Government. The schemes envisaged by him has covered almost every sector touching the life of all those who benefited from it.

Rajasthan Governor Prathibha Patil said that it was the narrow-minded approach followed by the society that reflected in the dominance and weakening of real politics. The use of technology had to be done in such a way that it helped decrease the monetary divide instead of becoming a subservient tool in the hands of the rich to increase their wealth.

Pointing towards Bhaiyyu Maharaj she said that not only his appearance but also his thoughts and works were far removed from the usual saints but it was mass leaders like him who could combine the virtue of a pleasing personality for combining religion and patriotism that was needed today.

NABARD Chairman and eminent economist YSP Thorat said that despite all attempts to bridge the economic divide it was growing like the population. The country after independence had socialist leanings then adopted mixed economy, slowly opening up to new markets and technology leading to the onset of globalisation today, however, all this did not affect the poor much as their position remained the same.

Use of newer technology was poised to propel India into super power status but has also snatching livelihood from the vast populace that is getting unemployed due to mechanisation. He suggested two sets of policies one with equality and social justice and the other with efficiency and social enterprise.

Bhaiyyu Dada in his address said that true progress could be made only when health, education and religion penetrated the lowest strata of society in equal measure.

The youth had to be involved in the mainstream and flow of society and their energy had to be channelised in development works. He warned that a cultural famine would spell the death knell of humanity.

Former Vice Chancellor of DAVV Dr Bharat Chhaparwal, City Congress president Ujagar Singh Chaddha, Congress leaders Shobha Oza and Tulsi Silawat and several city BJP leaders and representatives from different religions were present on the occasion. Trust secretary Sanjay Yadav conducted the seminar.