IIM Rohtak fraternity sees the future of India through Gandhian vision

“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom,” said India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, on the eve of India’s hard-earned independence. India had indeed woken up to a new life 69 years ago.

On 15th August, all Indians celebrate their independence by commemorating the sacrifices made by their forefathers during the freedom struggle. On this day, every Indian sings the national anthem in unison irrespective of their hue, caste and religion. So, Independence Day is an occasion for Indians to recognise their responsibilities towards the nation, to which they might not have paid adequate heed in their hectic lives.

Indian Institute of Management Rohtak, in its attempt to pay tribute to sacrifices of the freedom fighters, celebrated the Independence Day with great vigor. Although India gained independence 69 years ago, has it attained freedom in true sense? Pondering over this paramount question, IIM Rohtak came up with a campaign named “Bapu ka Chashma” wherein it asked its learned faculty and the students to share an area in which they think India is still far removed from perfection, and their vision of bringing India closer to the utopia they would like to live in.

The campaign saw a great and enthusiastic participation. The faculty, students and support staff came up with innovative ideas for India to tap its hidden potential. Prof. P Rameshan, Director, IIM Rohtak said that he envisaged a caste-free and corruption-free India at the zenith of the world stage. Karm Raj, a second year student, said that his vision for India was, “Zero State, One Nation”, remarkably reminding us of the significance of unity in diversity. Dr Yamini Prakash Sahay, said that her vision for India was to increase its Gross National Happiness, a term coined by His Majesty the Fourth King of Bhutan. Dr Gopal Das said that no Indian should go to bed on an empty stomach.

Generation of ideas to make India the golden bird again was the cornerstone of the campaign. A myriad of social evils like poverty, hunger, malnutrition, child labor, gender inequality, and illiteracy came to light in the campaign. Even after 69 years of independence, India still has to cover a lot of ground to attain freedom in true sense. IIM Rohtak, as a center of excellence, will continue to strive hard to contribute towards development of the nation through its initiatives.