"Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-building assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any (wo)man that has got by heart a whole library. . .”
The next decade is a critical moment in India’s history.
Will we squander these times on acquiring a few valueless trinkets or will we step up, re-imagine a better future for India and for the planet, and commit our time and energy to creating a more fair, just, and peaceful world for all?
The opportunity and challenge is ours.
- We challenge Indian students to be “honorable, compassionate and make some difference that they have lived.” (paraphrasing transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson).
- We challenge educators to frame modern India studies that is not a just a chronicle of conquerors and their conquests, but recognizes India’s timeless wisdom and sets the stage for her being a thought leader and destination for world peace and understanding.
- We challenge educational institutions to foster cutting-edge cross-border collaborations that redefine knowledge and indeed education itself.
We come from a rich civilization, one that has endured a great deal.
India has overwhelmingly elected a prime minister who understands that and is willing to partner with young people to build the future. There is tremendous mobility and access to learning from the earth, from history, and from different cultures/civilizations. Climate issues require us to rethink the individualistic, consumerist model.