Lieutenant Governor recalls Dr Awasthi’s vision for a united and progressive India
Srinagar, July 21: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today paid tribute to the great political thinker, educator and philosopher of humanism, Dr. Suresh Awasthi on the occasion of his 15th death anniversary.
While chairing the virtual seminar held in memory of Dr Suresh Awasthi, the Lieutenant Governor recalled his vision of a united and progressive India.
Dr Awasthi ji has had a great impact on the lives of his students. He was not only a teacher but a guide who transformed the personality of students at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the lieutenant governor added. Recalling Dr. Suresh Awasthi, the Lieutenant Governor observed that he was one of the very few political science professors who had spiritualized political theory and identified the hidden talents of students.
I consider myself very fortunate to have had his blessings, to observe closely and to learn of his social values, said the lieutenant governor.
The pool of knowledge to which I was attached not only ideologically but also spiritually was empty after Dr. Awasthi ji left. For me personally, his death was an irreparable loss, he added. In the teachings of Dr Awasthi ji,
I have found the true meaning of self-denial and self-purification. He had no personal ambition, but only supported and inspired us to make our dreams come true. He also taught us patience and prepared us for the challenges of life by incorporating virtue, kindness, and practical political knowledge. He instilled political theory in the people through his moral, idealistic, legal and philosophical concepts.
I have many fond memories which are a precious asset in my life, said the Lieutenant Governor. Dr Awasthi ji has never joined the race to make politics a science.
He always believed in political philosophy, not political science. There was a continuing sense of equality, social harmony and national interest in his ideology, the lieutenant governor observed.
Moving forward on the path indicated by Dr Awasthi ji, I still believe that social interaction is the way to keep every section of society empowered.
Whether it is Jammu and Kashmir or other states in the country, there should be continuous initiatives underway to ensure equal economic, social, educational and political rights among peoples so that everyone can lead a life of dignity, said the lieutenant governor. .
Calling constructive criticism an important part of the governance process, the lieutenant governor said society can be strengthened when all kinds of views are also heard and understood with respect.
Shedding light on the life of Dr Suresh Awasthi, the Lieutenant Governor observed that he had a deep understanding of the philosophy of Sant Kabir and that reflection can be felt in his teaching methods as he put the emphasis on equality and progressivity and firmly believed that education is the act of reliving, an opportunity, a platform on which young people learn the art of living.
It was not limited to a single subject. His original work was outside the classroom. The BHU campus is the Karma Bhoomi and Tapobhoomi of Awasthi ji.
The ethical ideas he developed through a combination of the school of political science and student mentoring union paved the way for a new perspective for student leaders, political thinkers and intellectuals of the time of the years. 80 and 90, said the lieutenant governor.
The Lieutenant Governor noted that character building in student politics is becoming the most powerful instrument of change for the future.
In the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949, Dr Rajendra Prasad said in his speech: “The Constitution is a thing as lifeless as an instrument.
Its life is the people who control it and enforce it and the country to this day needs nothing more than a class of decent people who put the best interests of the country before themselves.
Soaking up this spirit of Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr Awasthi ji took a keen interest in the activities of BHU to keep national interests at the forefront among the students and advocated for the empowerment of the Students’ Union.
For him, politics should uplift the politics of the people, and his contribution to strengthening the BHU student union during this period was unmatched, the lieutenant governor added.
Remembering him today, I can say that he recognized me, gave new energy to my inner potential. It is not only the disciple who seeks the master, but the guru also seeks his worthy disciple.
The day one becomes eligible to be a disciple, that day, the guru himself discovers the disciple, added the lieutenant governor.
Padma Shri Ram Bahadur Rai and Dr Indresh Kumar addressed the seminar and remembered the life work, nationalist thought and vision of Dr Suresh Awasthi.
Professor Bechan Lal, Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu; Prominent academics and journalists also participated in this virtual seminar organized by Dr Suresh Awasthi Memorial Trust.