Over time, I have given several interviews and have spoken at several forums. Each one has been different and taught me several lessons. They have also given me the time and space to reflect on the questions that had been asked and my own life too. This recent interview as part of the MASTER CLASS series of Dr Kamini Rao, the renowned Obstetrician & Gynaecologist of Bengaluru was one that brought out several nuances of my own life. She has this grounded way of bringing out what is hidden inside you. Please do watch this two-part video, where i recollect how SVYM was founded, the inspiration that I continually receive from Swami Vivekananda’s life and Message and my own life’s journey till now.
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‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ – one must have heard this call for action several times over the last few years. When I interact with Civil servants and citizens, I find that each one has a perspective on what it means. Most of them relate it to economic independence, self-reliance or producing goods and services within India. This call given by Hon Prime Minister Modi includes all this and much more. Have tried to share some of my views and perspectives on this and this was published in Indian Express, Jan 17, 2023. You can read this at https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/atmanirbharta-for-new-india-8385703/ The article is also
January 12, 2023 is the 160th Jayanthi celebrations of Swami Vivekananda. The whole country celebrates this event as the National Youth day. What does the Youth day signify in a country with one of the youngest populations in the world. More than 50% of our people are less than 20 years. India is one of the few countries with the unique window of demographic opportunity wide open. Presently, we have one of the least dependency ratios in the world. What this means is we have the highest number of Indians in the productive age group. Today is the time for
A lot of people keep asking me about the last one year that I have spent working in the Government as an insider. From being a person outside the system constantly interacting with it and seeking their support for ensuring human development at the grassroots, friends including myself are surprised on how my journey has brought me here. From being a angry young man in the early eighties to feeling disillusioned at the ‘trickle down effect’ that never truly happened, to working inside Government in building the capacity of people and systems at the Capacity Building Commission, I have indeed