“You must be the leaders of today, because we cannot wait until tomorrow”
DOC Research Institute CEO Jean-Christophe Bas on January 20 addressed the Indian Student Parliament, an annual non-political conclave that brings together more than 10,000 students from 450 universities in India and other countries
Speaking on the theme of “Inspiring Youth, Strengthening Democracy”, Jean-Christophe Bas said: “In a world of increasing tensions, where culture and religion and identity and belief seem to divide us, there is at least one common agreement – there can be no prosperity without peace, and no peace without prosperity. This is where we are today – are the world leaders really committed to dialogue, to respect and to peace?
“I am sure that you all together here this morning are committed to dialogue and respect and peace, and that you are certainly willing to take the advice of Mahatma Gandhi that you must be the change that you wish to see in the world. Now indeed has come the time for each of you to get engaged, to keep the world a safe place, to keep the world peaceful and to promote prosperity.
“You will hear very often from people of my generation that ‘You are the future’, or that ‘You are the leaders of tomorrow’. This is not true. You must be the leaders of today, because we cannot wait until tomorrow for you to take on your responsibilities, because you are increasingly aware as global citizens of the risk for humanity and for humankind that, if your generation does not take on its responsibility now, there is a risk there will be no future.”
Now in its ninth year, the Indian Student Parliament aims to build strong public and political leadership among young people, and aims to inspire younger generations to enter public life with the purpose of serving the nation.
The event is organised by the Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad (Indian Student Parliament) Foundation under the aegis of Dr. Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University and MAEER’s MIT School of Government. It is supported by many leading Indian lawmakers, speakers of state Legislative Assemblies and political leaders of different orientations and ideologies, as well as international organisations including UNESCO.