Pune: Students should be able to initiate debates in Parliament through petition system the same way as people can do in England. Also, they should use Right To Information (RTI), social media and citizen journalism to make their voices heard, said Varun Gandhi, member of Lok Sabha.
He was speaking at ‘learn from the masters’ lecture series organised by Ajeenkya DY Patil University at Lohegaon campus on Thursday.
Gandhi said, “People, especially youngsters do not realise the privileges that have been given to them serendipitously.
“They have inherited it and not earned it. Hundred years ago, not even 45 per cent of voters were eligible to vote across the world. Hence, we should be grateful for the rights that we have today.”
He added, “India has its complexities. The reason being, we have evolved as a nation over the years and have come really far in a very short period of time. At times, without bothering to create a civilisation. Hence, we are in a continuous state of flux.
I call it a continuous ‘necessary’ state of flux. We are in transition. Before we reach a destination of our choice, we are always in transition, which is necessary. And it is something, hopefully, you and I will work towards achieving”.
Gandhi also emphasised on youth’s involvement in innovation. He said that youth should think of how they can affect a change in society and come up with solutions through social entrepreneurship.
Over 550 students had attended the lecture.