Rajnath cautions youths not to fall prey to terror designs

29 May 2017

Union home minister Rajnath Singh today cautioned the youth not to fall prey to terror designs of global fundamentalist forces.

Singh exhorted the youth to imbibe and abide by such values that would make them emerge winners in any situation, and enable them to achieve anything they aim for in life. Delivering his address at the 30th convocation of Kurukshetra University here, the minister said the ancient Indian ethos is based on universalism and brotherhood, and it must be retained for the development of modern society. Drawing a contrast between the youth working in IT major Infosys and terror outfit al-Qaeda, he said while one section was working in the interest of society, the other was working for its destruction.

Singh quoted Thomas L Friedman, who in his book 'The World is Flat', has written an essay comparing Infosys with al-Qaeda. "Infosys has a global network, and so does al-Qaeda. The youth are in Infosys as well as al-Qaeda. He (Friedman) also said that highly-talented youth are in Infosys and al-Qaeda. The difference lies only in their thinking. One believes in creative thinking while the other believes in destructive thinking," Rajnath said quoting the essay. The home minister told the students that the ultimate aim of education should not be to just get a job and make a living, but maintaining values.

A convocation connotes completion of study for a degree, but not the completion of education, which is a lifelong process, he said. In the Indian context, the convocation purports qualification of an individual to serve the society through knowledge and skills imbibed through education. The world remembers people for their values and their service to the society, and not because of their wealth, might or even knowledge, he added.