Maintaining that today’s youth were well-receptive to the changes, Venu Rajamony, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, exhorted the new generation to be on the forefront of all social reforms.
He was speaking to the students at the Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies in Kochi on the topic ‘Whither India? The Role of Youth’.
“Though India is a globally-acclaimed nation, there are many challenges in the social-level. The youth should be able to keep such issues at arms length and also have the grip to deal with them,” Rajamony added.
Rajamony also lauded the agitation launched the youth in the aftermath of the Delhi gangrape incidents. He also condemned the rape as an ‘act that rocked the conscience of society’. Rajamony said the untimely help that arrived for the victim was a cruel indicator that real changes needed to be made in society if it has to develop further.
“These are the situations that need to be changed in our society. There is a need to amend the law, but there is an even bigger need to change our mindsets,” he said. These changes should be incorporated at the homes as well as school levels, Rajamony added.
Rajagiri college principal Joseph Injodi, Varma and Varma managing partner Venugopal C Govind, Rose Mary Varghese and Anil Kumar spoke.