Nayar kindles the Asian dream among students

YOUNG STUDENTS should dream of creating an ?economic union? of Asian countries, said veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar. He was delivering a talk on ?Contribution of youth in Indian politics and making India a superpower? at the Indian Institute of Technology here on Saturday.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 00:03 IST

YOUNG STUDENTS should dream of creating an ‘economic union’ of Asian countries, said veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar.

He was delivering a talk on ‘Contribution of youth in Indian politics and making India a superpower’ at the Indian Institute of Technology here on Saturday.

Nayar said an ‘economic union’ could be formed only when all countries pledged to have friendly relations with one other.

He said since India was the biggest country with an egalitarian society, it should make every effort to have friendly relations with Pakistan.

Citizens of Pakistan were not against India, nor did they have any ill will against people here, he said. The bitterness in relations was just due to government policies, he added. People-to-people contact could bring about a drastic change in the relationship between the two countries, he said.

Only material prosperity and a stockpile of weapons were not enough to describe a country as a superpower, he said, adding progress of one should not be at the cost of others. China had recorded 12 per cent growth in GDP, but had not given any freedom to its people, he said. India had witnessed eight per cent GDP growth, without curbing any one’s rights or interests, he pointed out.

“Youths should think of making India an ‘egalitarian power’, rather than wanting it to be a superpower.”

He said no doubt the country had made much progress, but over 300 million people were devoid of basic amenities.

It was the duty of young engineers and scientists to work for welfare of the destitute, he added. He advised students to take active part in national politics.

“This does not mean that they should go in for vote politics, or petty campus politics. Students should excel in the art of governance,” Nayar advised.

Criticising politicians, he said they had failed to rise above petty considerations.

‘Draw Laxman Rekha
VETERAN JOURNALIST Kuldip Nayar said that people in responsible positions should draw a ‘Laxman Rekha’ for their actions. Crossing the reasonable limits of their respective jurisdictions would endanger the social fabric, he added.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, Nayar said politicians should refrain from promoting or patronising the unethical practices in the public life.

To a question, he said that there was nothing wrong in exposing the misdeeds of a responsible person, but the exposure should not appear as personal grouse. He advised that sting operations be carried out in the true spirit of journalism within the limits of the public decency.

On the OBC issue, the noted journalist said the government should allow national debate and seek the advice of the Supreme Court before implementing it. He said that it was the duty of the Delhi government to rehabilitate the traders and the house owners before removing their respective residential and commercial settlements. He said that a review petition be moved before the court for granting relief to the affected persons.

Nayar said that his new book ‘Scoops’ would soon be in the market.

First Published: Apr 09, 2006 00:03 IST