As we gather here to celebrate 70 years of independence and 75 years of the Quit India Movement and collectively visualise a way forward towards forming a New India by 2022, it is important that we revisit the ideas of the great leaders of the time when India had just become independent and explore how their vision of a “New India” is still relevant today”. This is how Maitreyi College of the University of Delhi, one of the 75 educational institutions chosen by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development
began its celebrations to commemorate 75 years of Quit India Movement and 70 years of Independence in the event Sankalp se Siddhi Tak: Yeh India ka Time Hai.
The event which was held on Friday, the 22nd of September 2017 began with the welcome address by Dr. Haritma Chopra, Principal, Maitreyi College who touched upon various issues that concern us as a nation and stated “We still have to work together for the growth of the country. We believe that we all are Indians and do not belong to any particular caste or creed. So whatever we want to achieve is possible through unity, as envisioned in the idea Sankalp Se Siddhi Tak”. The Chief Guest for the event, Prof. Enakshi Sharma, Department of Electronic Science, South Campus, University of Delhi in her inaugural address spoke about creating opportunities for the youth in her vision of the future. She said, “we have come a long way, we still have miles to go, in terms of creating opportunity and eradicating poverty”. She added, “the individual is not above the nation, your little support will help”.
Session II comprised Pathan – Dramatised reading on the theme “India without Fear” where students of the departments of History, Political Science and Sociology read out well known verses of famous poets like Ram Prasad Bismil, Adam Gondvi, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Pash and Rabindra Nath Tagore to give us glimpse into their idea of an India without fear. The session Pathan was in Hindi so as to give the vent a bilingual tone.
Along with the students of these three departments, the photography society of the college, Vista organised a photo and poster exhibition, where once again the students made use of creative expression to put forth their views.
Pathan was followed by Manthan – a panel discussion of the students on the theme “New India by 2022: Challenges and Future Prospects” where the students reflected and contemplated on various challenges in the fields of education, agriculture, ecology, gender, politics, etc. The interactive session raised pertinent issues and concerns in context of policies, implementation, social media, civil society, entrepreneurship, etc. ending with the young minds sharing with us a vision of the “New India” – an India where plans of development are measured not in terms of economic returns alone but in terms of social well- being, where progress is inclusive of all, as envisioned in the words of John Lennon
“No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world.”
The event which began at 10:30 a.m. ended with a performance by the Sufi Rock Band – Nasya.