Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov. 9:
India’s youth have to shake off their present mindset to usher in a new age of thinking for the nation to go forward, BJP leader and eminent economist Dr Subramanian Swamy said while addressing a large congregation of students and faculties at the SOA University in Odisha’s capital city today.
“Though the young people in India capable, they needed to transform their thinking to effectively contribute to nation building”, he said while speaking on the topic ‘Role of the youth in nation building’ at the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), the faculty of engineering of the SOA University.
“Students who take admission into the IIMs today compete for a seat there only because they want a good and secure job,” Dr Swami said, adding “the British education system had inculcated into our minds that we should not take risks and play safe.”
“Indians do very well in their pursuits all over the world except in India,” he quipped.
Pointing out that the power of the young was represented by their number, Dr Swamy said India did not allow the western world to impose on it the family planning program while China pursued a very rigorous one-child norm.
“Today China is regretting this mistake and as a consequence, the average age of China is 35 while the average age of all Indians stood at 26. The average age of USA is 37 followed by Europe (46) and Japan (50),” he said.
Stressing the need for providing primacy to agriculture, Swamy said India had the climatic advantage of growing three crops a year while advanced countries could raise only one because of snowfall for four to five months.
“Unfortunately, we can grow three crops only in 25 per cent of the agricultural land while the per-acre yield also remained low,” he observed.
Urging the young people to develop their mindset, he advised them to take risk while pointing out that they were taught only one-dimensional intelligence.
“The youth must acquire emotional and moral intelligence. Emotional intelligence pertained to the art of arguing and how to persuade the other side to change its stand while moral intelligence meant how to do the right thing, he added.
The seminar, presided over by SOA vice chancellor Prof DK Ray, was attended by BJP state president KV Singhdeo, state treasurer Binod Dash, state BJP Mahila Morcha president Simantini Jena and state BJP Yuva Morcha president Umakanta Patnaik.