Pune: “Politics shouldn’t be a means to come to power, but it should be a medium to work for the welfare of people and solve their problems. The people’s representatives should try to raise people’s standard of living, while those in opposition should strive to make the government work more efficiently. The youth need to enter politics to contribute towards society,” said Pratibha Patil, the former president of India.
She was speaking at the valedictory function of Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad (BCS) on Sunday, organised by MIT School of Government, MIT World Peace University and Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad Foundation Pune at MIT Kothrud Campus.
Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, Murli Manohar Joshi, MP (Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh), Dr Raghunath Mashelkar, renowned scientist, Dr Vishwanath Karad, Founder President, MIT World Peace University, Prof Rahul Karad, Founder, BCS and Dr Mangesh Karad, Executive President, MIT, ADT, were present on the occasion.
The Odisha Chief Minister was conferred with the ‘Ideal Chief Minister’ award at the 8th BCS Valedictory Function.
Speaking further, Patil said, “Naveen Patnaik is truly the people’s chief minister. He has always prioritised the welfare of his people over anything else, and that is why he is popular amongst them. Politics doesn’t necessarily mean bad practices. There are exceptions, but it’s not the rule. Before such practices become the rule here, the youth of India need to step in and bring about a change. I appeal to the youth to come and be the honest inheritors of the political legacy of our country. Over the years, some evil has crept in here. It doesn’t mean politics is bad.”
Earlier, speaking at the event, Patnaik said, “New technology is changing people’s lives for better. All it needs is better management and good infrastructural facilities. Good governance and selfless public service are the pillars of government. Politics is a major medium to bring about change in people’s lives. Politics is not difficult if you keep the welfare of people before anything else. After you come to power, providing your people with good education, health and other basic facilities, security, should be your main focus.”
MP Murli Manohar Joshi said that he is hopeful that our country of a large young population will create its own identity in the world. “There is a huge talent in the youth of this country. Looking at these students here, I know that there are people in India, who wish to work not just for the country, but for the whole world. I hope that the chief minister of every state works for the welfare of his people. The first duty of the elected people is to work for the welfare of people. There shouldn’t be starvation, illiteracy, unemployment in any state,” he added.