Enthuse youth to play role in India's growth story: Experts
Captains of Indian Industry and politicians on Saturday stressed on enthusing youth of the country to play a more positive role in its growth story.
Participating in a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-sponsored forum called Young India, they said there was a need for creating manifold job opportunities for this section of Indian society, and also urged youth to create their own path for a better life and an improved India.
Rajya Sabha BJP MP Tarun Vijay said this was his party's objective, and in all likelihood will be declared in its manifesto.
He gave plenty of illustrations such as the role Swami Vivekananda had played in energizing India to dream of a better future.
He highlighted the fact that India is a place where nobody's opinion is ever discounted.
Describing the BJP as a truly democratic party that was open to ideas, and accepts good aspects of various parties, Vijay said youth needed to yearn to stand up against the status quo.
Vijay said he was confident that if BJP forms the next government at the Centre, the pall of gloom would vanish and be replaced by a feeling of hope, where the businessmen and farmers can co-exist with each other.
He also assured that the manufacturing sector will be unshackled from 'babudom'.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi was not far behind.
In a crisp and short address, she said: "You (the youth) are the future of India who have the task of nation building."
She called for a more transparent India, which doesn't believe in crony capitalism for the few.
She corroborated her statement with facts, saying that India loses revenues worth 16 per cent of its GDP (Gross Domestic Product) due to rampant corruption.
Ilmi called for a political system that believes in accountability which she believed was the key to build a vibrant and a dynamic India which is inclusive.
She categorically denied the fact that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had supported Khap Panchayats irresponsible diktats on people.
She said that the Constitution allows freedom of assembly of people, but that AAP doesn't endorse the unlawful nature of sermons and orders given by the Khaps in Haryana or anywhere else where kangaroo courts exist.
She accepted her party's shortcomings, stressing that the party had emerged from an agitation and hence, asked the people to be patient and to forgive them if they have committed any mistakes.
She said that the AAP's 49-day-old government had initiated many things in the public for a, which were never discussed before.
The other prominent speaker was Rahul Bhatia, the Group Managing Director of the Inter Globe Enterprises Limited that runs Indigo Airlines and the Ibis-branded hotels.
He spoke of the challenges and positives that his flagship Indigo has had to face.
He expressed content over the airline's standing in the market, marveled at himself for delivering a product with a difference.
He said that he was also positive about his hotel venture, mainly targeted at India's growing middle class.
Stressing on cost structure which is a basis on which an airline succeeds, Bhatia said that this was the key to his carrier's success.
Shifting his focus on a very important issue related to FDI in civil aviation, he called on the government to be neutral and to allow for level playing field to the domestic carriers.
He questioned the government for allegedly subverting its policies to accommodate new airlines, apparently making an indirect reference to the Tata-Air Asia venture which has raised eyebrows both in the ministry and the industry as a whole.
Bhatia later on gave away awards to young entrepreneurs for their achievements.
(Posted on 16-03-2014)