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90th anniversary celebrations of Akhila Kerala Balajanasakhyam

There is nothing more important than building a compassionate world : Vice President

Thesynergyonline News Bureau

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 02 : "I believe that there is nothing more important than building a compassionate world. 'Care' and 'share' is the core of Indian philosophy", the Vice President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu said, in Kottayam, Kerala today. He was addressing the gathering at the 90th anniversary celebrations of Akhila Kerala Balajanasakhyam, the largest students' social service organization in Asia with more than 5 lakh members.

Bragging about your compassion is the first step towards feeling a genuine emotion." ― Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Balajanasakhyam

Applauding for striving to make young children more sensitive, compassionate and responsive to the needs of others, Mr Naidu congratulated Malayala Manorama for envisioning and realizing this noble initiative. 'In keeping with its motto of 'We Serve', Balajanasakhyam has been at the vanguard of relief & social service activities in Kerala for nine decades', he added.
"There are these amazing little seeds called compassion. You should grow some." ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

Stating that Balajanasakhyam has, over the past 90 years, has intellectually and socially nurtured the girls and boys of Kerala, the Vice President said that such initiatives would certainly go a long way in contributing immensely to the overall progress and development of our youngsters.
"Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It's the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. " ― Frederick Buechner
The Vice President expressed his happiness at the fact that Blajanasakhyam had received blessings from none other than the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. He applauded 'Hridayapoorvam Sakhyam', a platinum jubilee project of Balajanasakhyam which in association with the Madras Medical Mission hospital, had facilitated free heart surgeries to hundreds of ailing children.
Judgment should never enter into the hearts and minds of others while observing another in a pain that cannot be understood." ― Amy Denise


Mr Naidu opined that in the contemporary world that is getting more and more fragmented and individuals are connecting with each other more and more only through technological devices, it is absolutely necessary that the human interaction must be given the crucial importance that it has.

The Vice President applauded Malayala Manorama for making Balajanasakhyam child and youth focused and geared towards inculcation of the spirit of service and altruism among youngsters. He suggested that it should be mandatory for school and college students to enlist in organizations like NCC and NSS. He reasoned that such a measure would not only instil discipline and team spirit in youngsters, but also would also inculcate the values of sensitivity and empathy in them.

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others." ― Sir Robert Baden-Powell
Mr Naidu expressed his happiness at being able to visit Kerala. He said that Kerala had set the developmental pace and established impressively high benchmarks for progress, especially in literacy and education. 'I am particularly happy to be in Kottayam, the 'Akshara Nagiri' or the 'city of letters', a city that has made immense contribution to the print media and literature in Kerala', he added.

The Vice President said that Media, that was often referred to as the Fourth Estate and 'the watch dog of democracy', played a huge role in moulding the public opinion.

The Vice President expressed concern over the unwelcome tendencies in the media such as the mixing of news with views, the propagation of fake news, sensationalism and various kinds of biases and vested interests in reporting news and said that such tendencies were detrimental for democracy and should be curbed through strict self-regulation by the media. 'The media should serve as any democracy's moral compass', he added.

The Vice President observed that the citizens of today must have the competence to navigate a world that is changing constantly. He said that ours was an increasingly complex information society and knowledge-driven world and added that Information is vital for progress. 'Analysing and synthesizing this huge mass of information and facts to produce knowledge is crucial for our advancement', he reasoned.

" Oh, why does compassion weaken us?' It doesn't, really ... Somewhere where it all balances out - don't the philosophers have a name for it, the perfect place, the place where the answers live? - if we could go there, you could see it doesn't. It only looks, a little bit, like it does, from here, like an ant at the foot of an oak tree. He doesn't have a clue that it's a tree; it's the beginning of the wall round the world, to him." ― Robin McKinley, Spindle's End
The Vice President remarked that wisdom was the defining characteristic to determine whether all the knowledge we acquire and the activities we undertake lead to an improvement in the quality of our lives or not. 'Wisdom has certain key guiding principles we call values. It is important that we keep this value embedded framework intact', he said.

"Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet." ― Plato
The Vice President said that initiatives like the Balajanasakhyam emphasize this value system. He expressed hope that Balajanasakhyam would provide the much needed opportunity to the children of today to create lasting bonds and forge relationships during the course of public service. He added that social Service Organizations like the Balajanasakhyam serves to unite children for a greater purpose, the service of others.

The Vice President visited the KC Mammen Mappilai hall, named after and the veteran journalist who was one of the pioneering leaders of print media in Kerala and the founder of Malayala Manorama.

The Governor of Kerala, Justice (Rtd.) P Sathashivam, the Minister for Agriculture, Kerala, Mr V.S. Sunilkumar, the Member of Legislative Assembly, Shri Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, the Managing Editor, Malayala Manorama, Mr. Jacob Mathew and other dignitaries were present at the function.