Most revered President of the evening's program Padma Vibhushana Justice M. N. Venkatachalayyaji; chief guest Dr. M. R. Doreswamyji; it is so interesting to call Dr. Doreswamy, a chief guest in his own college; Dr. Maheshappa, the presiding deity of the VTU; Dr T. V. Raju, Chairman of Shruth & Smith Foundation; my colleagues from various colleges and my dear young friends. It is a matter of privilege and honour to be associated with young minds like you. We are basically very selfish people; we want to be with young because something will rub off on us and keep our young age still alive.
As I was coming here, I was thinking of a small incident that happened in the life of Sir C. V. Raman; so far, he is the only person who has got Nobel Prize for science in India. He started a Research Institute near Mekhri Circle in Bangalore, known as Raman Research Institute. One day, during initial stage, two great scientists came to meet him. They were not only great scientists but great admires of Sir C. V. Raman; Vikram Sarabhai and Homi Bhabha, two outstanding scientists the world has ever seen. They were talking to Sir C. V. Raman. After about fifteen minutes or so, the old man, Sir C. V. Raman got up and went out. These two waited for five minutes, ten minutes, half an hour and Sir C. V. Raman did not come. After about forty five minutes, Sir C. V. Raman came and immediately, Sarabhai asked him "Sir, you left us and went away, where did you go"? Vikram Sarabhai was little closer to Sir C. V. Raman, Bhabha was a little reserved character. Raman said "Did you not hear some sound of children laughing outside? Those children had come to see my lab; I went to show them the lab". Sarabhai asked "But Sir, you left us just like that"? Raman said "I was looking for some scientists in them". Now, Bhabha asked, "Are we not good enough"? The answer Raman gave was beautiful my friends; Raman telling Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai; he said "You are okay, but not good enough. If you want to prepare somebody for an Olympic wrestling competition, do you catch hold of fifty year old? You catch hold of six or eight year old, give him good food, good training, good motivation so that one day he will get gold medal for you. You are already old; I have to catch some youngsters there". Sarabhai was so impressed by this.
If you happen to go to Ahmadabad, I request you to visit the beautiful Community Science Centre Vikram Sarabhai created. I was there for a talk and the Director was my friend. He asked me to sign in the visitor's book and showed me an important document in which Sir C. V. Raman had written in his own hand for the question who should be appointed as a facilitator / trainer for this Community Science Centre? "Anyone who has worked for more than six months is ineligible to be appointed as the facilitator". Normally for every job, you ask for the experience; am I right? He says if anybody has worked as a teacher for six months, don't appoint them here; mind is set already. He was always looking for fresh minds all through his life. I have had the privilege of seeing Sir C. V. Raman twice; amazing man, great stability.
There is no point in catching somebody to be leaders at the age of forty or fifty; you are in the absolutely right age. If you have the passion, the willingness to become a leader, no power on earth can really stop you from becoming a top class leader. Vivekananda says "No power on earth can really stop you from getting that you really deserve". Nobody can stop you; that passion is required. In Alexandria, in the main street, some people were walking in the street; a young boy was also going in the street. Suddenly, he saw a long queue in front of a house. He asked the people standing in the queue "Why is the queue for? What are they distributing"? Someone answered "Nobody is distributing anything; an astrologer has come; he is a palmist; he reads your palm and tells you what you would become in future". The boy also stood in the queue, people said "You are too young, don't come now". The boy replied "If I see the horoscope at fifty, what is the use? I should see my horoscope now only". He stood in the queue; finally when his turn came, he stretched his hand in front of the palmist. The palmist was curious, looked at the hand; after one glance, he did not leave his hand at all. He went on watching for 3-4 minutes and said "Amazing, I have never seen a hand like this before. But there is a tragedy my child, you have everything that is required to become emperor of this world; but sadly one line is missing. If you had one more line, you would certainly become emperor of the world". The boy stood up, took out a sharp knife from his pocket and said "Which line you want"? He scratched the hand; blood started gushing out; he held his palm and said "Tell me, which other line you want? I will mark the line now only". The astrologer, with gaping mouth, looked at this boy with the dripping hand, looked into his eyes and said "Child, if you have this kind of determination, you don't require any lines; you will definitely be an emperor". That boy came to be recognized as Alexander the Great later. Why I am telling all these is if you have the passion and the decision that you want to be a leader, nobody can stop you from becoming a leader. I thought I will make a small presentation here.
People say leaders follow the path; no, leaders do not follow the path; they create the path. Difference between the leader and the normal people is that a leader is always compared with an elephant; other animals require a path to go but elephant does not require a path. If elephant goes, a path is created; a leader is one who creates the path. Absolutely you can see once a leader goes, there he makes the path for others to follow. The tendency is this, once the path is made, we all want to follow; making the first path is most challenging one and leaders do that. We have been talking so much about leadership; everybody wants to talk about leadership, everybody wants to be a leader. It is so difficult to define leadership. I like this great man called Warren Bennis. If you have chance of reading his books, please read; he is a fascinating writer. Warren Bennis has written so extensively on leadership; he says "Leadership is like beauty; you can't define beauty but you can recognize when you see it". When you recognize, you say it is beautiful. When you see a sunset and say "How lovely it is"; you can't describe it, but you experience it, and leadership is just like that.
Everyone agrees that leadership quality is coming down substantially in every field of life, whether it is politics, governance, corporate administration, academics, and any aspect you think. Why is that happening my friends? We always boast up telling that India is youngest country, youngest country because young people amount to more than 40% of the population. It is both strength and also a concern. Strength because lot of young people are there; concern is if they are not channelized properly, they can become disasters. Therefore, we have to be extremely careful about this mass; if it is guided properly, it will be the super power; if it is not guided properly, there will be chaos. Therefore, the idea of Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU is to bring people at this age, bring something in your mind, some passion, some spark so it can kindle.
We always say that great leadership is like endangered species like whooping crane. Friends, I have one small video of one of the most outstanding leaders of the world. I have done little study on the type of the leaders all over the world with regard to qualities; this man stands out. In the year 2001, there was a survey as to who influenced 20th century maximum. So many leaders were analyzed. As an Indian you should be proud, a list of ten outstanding people was made and the first one is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi; and the second is Swami Vivekananda. This man remains amazing all through his life. If you see his childhood, he can't be impressive; no parent can be proud of that childhood with all problems but at the age of seventy seven, when he became Mahaathma, how he concurred all those things and became a leader; entire world respected him. Did you observe the last gesture? This is something spectacular. He is the prisoner; he is arrested; he has to come before the court and when he came, the British Judge stands up. This is the respect a good leader commands.
I was obsessed about Gandhi from my college days; I loved him so much, respected him. Initially, I started as a great critic of Gandhi; then my teacher told "Criticize him but before criticizing, learn about him, read about him". Then I found this man; he is just amazing. Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of British, writes in his dairy "Every time I see Gandhi sitting in the chair, I am reminded of Jesus Christ". Highest tribute given by Mountbatten to him; can you imagine?
Interesting thing, my friends, I learnt about this great man from a Swedish girl. Three Swedish girls had come to India. They had gone to the length and breadth of India to see and then come to Bangalore to meet a Gandhian, Sri K. S. Narayan Swami who is the president of Gandhi Peace Foundation. He shared some information about Gandhi and asked those girls to meet me also. They came to my college; I was the principal of a college at that time. I received them and asked "Why do you want to study Gandhi? Normally, children study anything only when it is a part of their syllabus and if it is a most likely question. Gandhi is not your national hero and he is not likely to come in your question paper and why do you want to study Gandhi"? One girl told me "Sir, I want to study Gandhi for three reasons". My friends, it is true definition of a leader. She said "I want to study Gandhi for three reasons; first one – if you see the history of any country in the world, no country got complete freedom only by trusting nonviolence, believing in nonviolence. Basically, Indians are emotional people and very impulsive; small things can trigger your emotions but how could Gandhi convince the entire population to accept nonviolence as the means and fight & get the freedom? Second one is when I fight with my friend, I don't talk to him for fifteen days; you fought against British for 200 years but the most beautiful part is you parted as a friend. There is no animosity; you became a part of commonwealth. If Mountbatten can say whenever I saw Gandhi sitting before me, I was reminded of Jesus Christ, how could he convert an enemy into a friend? Third and most important, the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated 30th January, 1948 at 05:17 evening in Birla House, the message spread everywhere and reached United Nations. United Nations did something spectacular; the Secretary General of the United Nations lowered the flags of the all the countries on the top of the United Nations building to half mast, as a mark of respect to Gandhi".
I request you should remember this fact after that day, till this second, it has not happened again. Whenever the head of a State dies, flag of that nation is lowered to half but when Gandhi died, that is the only occasion when United Nations lowered all the flags to half mast, as a mark of respect to a man who never occupied any position of power, not even a Panchayath Member's position. For a man who had not occupied any position of power, United Nations gave that kind of respect. Next day, Secretary General of the United Nations was asked "Why did you do that"? He said "I did not do this to mourn the death of Gandhi; I am mourning the death of humanity. If somebody can kill a man like Gandhi, humanity is dead; therefore, I lowered the flags of all the countries in the world". That is leadership for me. That kind of leadership is becoming so rare now.
People believe that leaders are born but this is theory; leaders are not born, leaders are made. It is not the event but individual will that makes a leader. You decide I want to become a leader and that makes you a leader.
Please watch this interesting video; there are 4-5 little pups in a jail. Somebody had captured these little dogs; one fellow cannot keep quiet, he wants to escape. Other dogs may be suggesting him not to do or else in an attempt to get out, he may break his legs but this fellow is restless. Now he goes to the corner, pushes himself up, he wants to get out of this, at any cost. Others are watching; observe the other ones and they are expecting this fellow to fall down and break his leg. He is struck now, two legs inside and two legs outside; putting little more effort and now, he is free... My friends, leadership is not easy; it is a continuous struggle but the struggle ends in joyous venture. Those who look at the struggle avoid becoming leaders and those who look at the result become great leaders. If a dog can have that tenacity to achieve something, that is what the difference between a leader and a follower.
Now you are finding businesses, governmental agency, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, everywhere we require leaders and the questions we can ask about any organization, I thought of 3 questions about leaders in every organization. First one is who do we have? Second is what do they need to do? And the third are they equipped to do? These 3 questions always worried me. Who are the persons occupying position of power and authority? Do we have an appropriate leader? What are they supposed to do? When you see the spectrum of leaders around us, we wonder that they are doing what they are not expected to do. Do they do what they are supposed to do? And thirdly, are they qualified to do this? Are they trained? Are they equipped to do this? In the absence of that, leadership gets corroded.
Between the kind of leadership you want and the leaderships that are prevalent today, there is a big gap. It is because of two reasons. First one is the leaders are focused on right competencies but have not sufficiently mastered the competencies. Do you understand this? I want to do, I know which direction I should go but I have not mastered the competency. Second one is the leaders are not focused on the right skill areas; I am doing something, which I am not good at. A friend of mine started a printing press, doing very well; somebody told him hotel business is better, he invested lot of his money from printing press to the hotel. Finally, he lost both, the hotel and the printing press. You should work in the area of competence and also in the rightly skilled areas. First is the matter of degree and the second is the matter of substance. Either can cause a problem for long term or short term leadership. We have seen people with low competence skill, light attitude, in the leadership position struggling hard. Not only they become miserable, they make the team miserable because they don't have the right competency, and they are not able to build the competency also.
Four most important qualities or skills that a leader must have:
1. Ability to lead people:
This is very important. Many a times, we become very shy and say leadership is not for me. I always tell them to look at outstanding leaders. There was a boy in England, who had this stammering problem. One day, the school teacher asked him to come and speak in the school assembly the next day. The boy started crying; went back home and told his mother "Mom, you know I stammer so much. I can't go on the stage and speak". Mom gave a slap on his cheek and said "Go and stammer on the stage, no problem". He went on the stage; stammered, stammered and stammered. He overcame stammering and became one of the finest speakers, became the Prime Minister of England, known as the great wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. If he can do that, he can concur all that, why should we withdraw ourselves? As I told you, unless I decide to push myself, nothing can come in the way of my success. First is willingness to lead people.
2. Strategic planning:
We must do our planning thoroughly; our performance will be as good as our planning. Performance will be poor if not planned properly.
3. Inspiring commitment:
There are people who inspire; inspiring commitment means leader demonstrates. Very simple my friends, unless you demonstrate, you can't be a top class leader. There are people who can talk beautifully but can they demonstrate leadership? When your commitment is of such a high order that rubs off on others, that is called inspiring commitment.
4. Managing change:
One of the finest qualities of a great leader is to manage the change. You can't stop change; change happens. In the year 2001, a study was made as to how fast the world is moving. The midpoint between the 0 and 2000 years is 1000 years mathematically; sociologically, they found the midpoint was 1900. That means whatever happened in the last 100 years can be compared to what happened during the first 1900 years. Similarly, between 1900 and 2000 midpoint was not 1950; sociologically, it was 1992. That means, what happened in the last 8 years of the previous century is comparable to what happened in the first 92 years. That is the rate at which the world is changing. You can't stop the change; you must know how to manage the change. I would go one step further; as a leader of an organization, you should cause the change and wait for the change to happen.
A beautiful quotation is written here "People, who change after change, will survive; people, who change with change, will succeed; people, who are the cause of the change, will lead". You should become the cause of the change. I am so happy that the Shruth & Smith Foundation and VTU have come together to kindle the spark. You don't require a big flame; a spark is enough. This two-day workshop is designed for 250 students and about 50 faculties of various engineering colleges in the Bangalore Region. My friends, I feel that you are privileged. I am told that there are 106 engineering colleges in the Bangalore Region and about 110,000 students studying in those colleges. Out of 110,000 students of these colleges, you are the most privileged 250 to be here. I should congratulate you for taking the first step. Leadership is never offered on a plate to anybody. Nobody gives you; if there is a change, embrace it; leadership, take it. Opportunity comes, I am sure, you have to catch it by the neck and take it.
We thought about four key areas, which our country needs today, for this program and they are Entrepreneurship, Social Leadership, Rural progress and Educational management. My friends, all are key areas; Entrepreneurship moves money in the country; Social Leadership moves your heart; Rural Progress touches your heart and makes tangible changes to the country; finally, there is Educational Management, which is the root cause. I am little partial to education because I am a teacher and hence, I wrote Education Management below all other subjects. If education is good, everything else will be in place and it is like the base of a pyramid. In fact, my friends, you are fortunate. In these four groups or tracks, you have extraordinary people to guide you.
The mind of an entrepreneur, Thomas Alva Edison said beautifully, "I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others... I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent...." I am sure you know about Thomas Alva Edison; genius, not only as an inventor but as a great entrepreneur. When he made the first incandescent bulb, the cost of production was 1 Dollar but he sold it for 40 cents. Bad economics; lost lot of money, but the fact is that people started liking it. Second time, he took loan and manufactured large number of bulbs; the cost of production came to 60 cents but still, he sold at 40 cents; again he made huge losses. Third time, he went to the bank for finance and they said "We won't give loan to people who want to commit suicide. Twice you have done bad job, how can we give you loan?" He said "Please give me loan one last time. I can pledge every property of mine". They trusted him and sanctioned the loan. He manufactured millions of bulbs; the cost of production came to 20 cents but again he sold at 40 cents and after covering previous losses, he made profit. People asked him "In the first instance itself, you could have sold the bulb to 1 dollar". He said "I wanted to reach a stage where people cannot live without a bulb, then they will purchase for whatever cost I give". Apart from invention, look at his entrepreneurship. He started a big company, today is called by the name GE - General Electric.
Many people hesitate; they could have become the top class entrepreneurs but they hesitate to take up the first step. How to make them take the first step? Get excited about it. My friends, I feel sad, you have so much talent, so much energy, so much wisdom in you. We all go for jobs; I am not against taking jobs. Each one of you is capable of creating hundreds of jobs. Today we require people who can create jobs rather than go for jobs. You can create jobs, create wealth for the country. One gentleman took a step forward and today, his big company gives job to lakhs of people; we call him by name Narayana Murthy. One Azeem Premji took a decision and gave jobs to so many people. Therefore, can we think of becoming an entrepreneur, provider of jobs, rather than going in search of jobs?
2. Social Leadership:
The second area is Social Leadership, which is very much required. I wrote an article about Abraham Lincoln; what a wonderful leader that he was. He appoints the Secretary of Defence when he became the President of America. That Secretary of Defence did not like Lincoln; he used to tell that Lincoln is a black man and that he is an accidental president. He was making bad remarks about Lincoln wherever he went; sarcastic remarks about him. People felt bad and finally some of them went to Lincoln and told him "Why did you make him the Defence Secretary, Sir? He is talking bad about you. He compares you to animals like rhino, dinosaur and says that you don't understand economics. Remove him from the post and take another person. You should have verified his credentials before taking him". Lincoln said "I have done all that. I know that he speaks badly about me. He not only compares me to rhino but many more other animals. I have also verified his credentials. He may not like me personally but he likes America so much; that is important to me. His qualification is very good; he is the best man for the job. Because he does not like me personally, I cannot deny my country the best administrator". And then he said, "Wait for some time. I will earn his respect". That Secretary of Defence became a great admirer of Lincoln after six months. That is the quality of leadership, my dear friends.
Coming to Social Leadership, at a time when we need solid, grounded leadership more than ever, we seem to be in short supply of adults who act like, well...like adults. We want somebody to act responsibly. You see the first page of every newspaper. If anybody wants to be a committed pessimist, especially read page number one. You see news where leaderships are falling down; collapsing like consumer price index. We don't know whom to trust; that is the problem. Therefore, in this, we are really thinking of seriously working on what Social Leadership is all about. Empowering ordinary citizens to make an extraordinary difference; how do you become the nucleus; there are going to be lot of case studies.
3. Rural Progress:
Rural India is the heart of India; we ignored it. In fact, it happened in Iran. Sir is here; I am scared of talking in front of him, Padma Vibhushan Venkatachaliahji. To me, he is condensed wisdom. Shah of Iran made the crucial mistake. He loved America very much that he started bringing everything from America; made Tehran look like modern New York. Cities became very attractive and villages got deserted. They lost the traditional trades and work of the villages. People started moving to cities because it was very attractive. In fact, the gap between cities and villages became so much that artisans lost their skills. Iran went into trouble because they did not take care of their villages properly. We should not proceed in that direction. Our former President, the great Abdul Kalam gave us the concept of PURA – Providing Urban facilities in Rural Areas. If we provide all the facilities there, why would they come here? They need not come here. Therefore, this idea of empowering people in the villages is most important. Can we be part of it? There are many illustrious examples before you. How do you study rural life? How do you improve the quality of education in those villages? Sanitary facilities, health systems, can you make the systems more appropriate? Technology is coming so strongly; can we use technology for the betterment of the people in villages? That's one area you can really think of doing it.
4. Education Management:
And the last one and the most important to me is the Education Management. I always feel, a well-managed education system can manage the country systematically. Quality of education is important. Sometimes, I feel sad my friends, we are in a rat race of getting marks. Whatever party you are affiliated to, we still remain at heart, basically 'marks'wadis. Please remember, I have seen people who got ranks throughout their careers and remained idiots ever after. I have also seen people who could not get ranks but became successful in life. I am not denying the fact, rank, which is the test of your skill, is important; but the examination that you are going to write at the end of four-year course is the simplest examination you face in life. Be it your BE, ME, M Tech or MS, whatever you do, are the easiest examinations. But the toughest examinations will come in your life, test of your patriotism, test of your honesty, test of your integrity. The system prepares you for five questions in the examination. Life is not about five questions; it is about innumerable questions coming from all corners. Has the education system prepared you for that?
We discuss what kind of education system we require in the future. I would not wait for somebody to make the system for us. Can we design the system for ourselves? That is possible. You can build institutions of very high quality and bring in originality in that. My friends, we have lost our Indianness. I have travelled in different countries. I am struck by what is called as 'standardization', the mediocrity that has come in the name of standardization, whether you go to Harvard or Stanford or any university, the same dress, the same chewing gum, the same mobiles, the same backpack, children talking same thing in the canteen. We think about which company offers what salary but we don't pay attention to our duties & responsibilities of being the citizen and not thinking much about what we can do for the country. Can we think beyond that? Can education train you to do something repay back? Vivekananda says "I call that man a traitor who having been educated at the cost of the society does not pay any heed to the society". I don't want to be called as a 'traitor'. Having got so much from the society, can I do something in the education field? Yes, you can provide quality systems; you have got knowledge of technology with you. You are all graduates in engineering, technology. Can we use technology to define appropriate parameters for education and evaluation of education? Can we do something else to bring confidence in the children?
Have you not seen this? Please be honest. I have seen this. If a maid servant in your house does not come one day, you cannot fire her. If you ask her not to come from tomorrow, she is least bothered; she has got four more houses and she can get few more houses too. She is not scared of losing the job. Your carpenter is not scared of losing the job. Your electrician, your mason, they are not scared. But our post graduates are scared of losing the jobs. One boy from Kerala committed suicide thinking that he would lose his job; he had not lost the job. You have spent fifteen to twenty years in education. Don't you have that much of confidence to earn ten thousand rupees and make a living for you? If that has not given you the confidence, a mason is better who has never gone to a school. I always wonder education should have given us the confidence; on the contrary, it has taken away our confidence.
Can we bring a system of education where confidence is reposed in our young students? We want that confidence, which enables a student to stand up, look into the eyes of Prime Minister and say "Mr. Prime Minister, I do not like what you said". Can we teach our child to confidently look into the eyes and say what he wants to say? You can create that kind of education system; it is possible.
Finally, I summarize my friends; we are aware that two days deliberations that we are going to have with you cannot make people leaders immediately. Leadership is already in you; it is already embedded; we are all born leaders. It is our humble effort to spark, create spark in the minds of these young people so it can, one day, become a big flame and illuminate the horizons of this beautiful country. Such a wonderful heritage, you can make the country better. It is our hope and future is always created by such positive hopes. We are absolutely hopeful and while discussing with the Shruth & Smith team, I was telling them out of 300 people who come, even if 30 become top class leaders in the world, the day is done. How many Gandhis and how many Vivekanandas you had? One Gandhi could bring in some change, one Vivekananda could; is it not right? Here, we have a chance of 300 people and it is a huge number to deal with.
We have invited top class speakers. First day, we have Mr. Suhas Gopinath, Youngest CEO in the world. At the age of fourteen, he became the CEO; he runs a company called Globals. Suhas can relate to you more easily and share his experiences as an entrepreneur. Then we also have Mr. Sangeeth Varghese, Managing Director of his company Lead Cap Ventures, who is going to share his thoughts. Next day, we have got Mr. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee who is one of the founding members of the MindTree Consulting Company. He is a product of IIT and then worked in Wipro. He is going to share his thoughts of leadership with you.
For parallel sessions on four different areas, we have got specialists to guide you.
The first person, Mr. Satyesh Bellur, will be handling the Entrepreneurship Group. Satyesh Bellur is the Senior Vice President - Worldwide for Tejas Networks Company. He travels at least about seven countries in a month; that is the kind of running around he does. He has seen the world adequately and he has worked with young people like you; he can really touch your hearts. He takes part in this group.
For Social Leadership, we have got Mr. Venkatesh Murthy. Amazing man, basically an engineer, he lived in the US, and presently he started an organization called Youth for Seva, helping people. He will be with us telling about Social Leadership on the first day. On the second day, we have got Dr. Panduranga Bhatta, Professor of Leadership from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He is flying down only for this and will spend the entire day with you.
And then we have Ms. Mamatha, I have seen this young lady for the last 25 years. She did her Master's degree in Chemistry, left everything else and came to work in the forest of Heggada Devana Kote. Now she is the Head of Education Division in Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Heggada Devana Kote. She brought women together, did women empowerment programme, Sthree Seva Sangha, community farming, and so many amazing works. She will be with the Rural Progress group.
For Education Management, we have Dr. Seetharamu, Professor of Education in ISEC (former), and presently the Chief Consultant for Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan, Government of India project. He will talk about options in Education Management on the first day. Second day, we have a very dynamic man, Dr. L. Prasad, Professor from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He is a prolific writer and a very great scholar. He will be spending the entire day with you on Education Management.
All these people are experts in their respective fields and they are coming here to share their experiences with us.
Before I close, we have different types of leaders; one type of leadership is influencing leadership. Those leaders are not seen in the front but they have tremendous influence on others. They do lot of work at the back and motivate people. There is one such young man; he doesn't want to come on stage, Mr. Karan Kumar, I should really clap for him. He is the Chief Mentor of Shruth & Smith Foundation. He is a socially committed man and is a demonstration of social commitment. Everything that he has earned put it here so that it can be used to society. In every temple, there is one idol, which is worshipped. It is not taken out. For procession, they take another small one called Utsava Murthy. It is only for demonstration, real idol is inside. We are Utsava Murthys and he is the real deity inside. He has worked so much.
My friends let us celebrate these two days together. I am so happy to see bright faces smiling at this time. Next two days, you work together, really hard, really well, do something meaningful and carry some sweet memories & experiences. I hope these two days will be extremely useful and productive.