Hope it influences someone
My young friends,
It is always a pleasure to address a group like this, since I actually believe that I have a chance to influence the future course of the world whenever I address the youth.
you are about to start life - stepping out into the wide and wonderful world full of its glorious uncertainties and challenges.
Full of hope, yet also mixed with apprehension.
Maybe I can share with you a few thoughts that might help you get a broader perspective to help you as you prepare to start this journey.
Remember, the world will become flatter and more compact as you progress thru life. The opportunities ahead of you would be truly global. Those who can harness the power of knowledge and communication can harness the growth the world has to offer.
So think big. Really, really big. Reach out and touch the world. Do not think Andhra, not
Also realize - you belong to that part of the world slated to grow the fastest in the next century. Your knowledge of this part of the world will be valuable to the world. Hence learn about your roots, where you are from, what is this country, how do you tap its potential, its strengths and challenges.
Position yourself as an Indian who is global.
But as you look for opportunities, think also where you stand...
This country will soon have 40% of all the poor in the world. As of now, we are the 128th in terms of development in the world.
What can I do to change this? How do I help percolate the 10% GDP growth to the poor? How do I unleash the huge human resource potential of this country to take advantage of the flat globe? The chances are that if YOU can find the answer to this in your own sphere, you would also have found an answer to making the maximum of being a truly global Indian - and manage to have done your bit for this country to boot.
Realize also that you belong to the greatest country in the world- the biggest democracy with the largest diversity. But it is also one of the least transparent - one of the lowest in transparency index - the most corrupt- below
Arrest all temptations to succumb. If enough of you do this, the system will change - it will back you. Have that conviction.
And most importantly, the next 50 years will decide whether the human race will survive. We - humanity- just 100,000 years old - is really in its adolescence. Can we survive the wild swinging party we have been binging in at the cost of our mother earth? We must. YOU must. For once, think not
If mankind is to conquer the universe- which I strongly believe is our destiny, YOU - this generation which will own the world for the next 50 years must navigate well.
All the best. Straddle and guide my world well- I am bequeathing it to you!!