New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday urged the youth to end the concept of use and throw, saying that this practice causes maximum damage to society and the environment, directly or indirectly.
Rajnath Singh, who visited the Republic Day camp of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) here, called upon the youth to identify new ways to take the country to new heights while staying connected to its age-old values and traditions. The Minister urged the cadets to focus on character building as much as they focus on acquiring knowledge and earning money.
He encouraged the youth to not let use and throw concept enter their personal lives, urging them to respect their elders, family, and friends. He stated that while knowledge and education are important, life values hold equal relevance. Stating that the destruction of the environment means the destruction of life, he appealed to the youth and the nation at large to reuse goods as far as possible and work for the conservation of nature. The Defence Minister gave away Raksha Mantri Padak and Commendation Cards to cadets for their exemplary performance and devotion to duty.
Emphasizing the need to mold oneself according to the changing times, Rajnath Singh said no stone is being left unturned by the government to equip the nation to deal with challenges that may arise due to the fast-evolving global security scenario. He, however, maintained that while changing with time is essential, staying connected with the country’s glorious past is equally important. The aim is to build a strong and prosperous India, rooted in its culture and traditions, he said.
He expressed confidence that the cadets, with their hard work, dedication, and values, will touch heights of success and bring laurels to the country. “The path of India’s progress goes through the youth. The stronger our youth is, the stronger our country will be,” he said.
The Raksha Mantri appreciated the NCC for transforming its cadets into well-rounded personalities by inculcating the qualities of a leader, soldier, artist, and above all a good human being.
“Unity, discipline, truthfulness, courage, harmony, leadership, and teamwork taught at the NCC have always been the guiding light of our country. Some of the most important qualities the NCC imbibes in its cadets are determined to achieve a desired goal, team spirit, and getting rid of the fear of failure. This not only helps the young minds to create their path but also gives a new direction to society. There is a need to keep working on these qualities as it makes a person perfect and complete in the longer run.”
Describing the country’s “fool-proof security infrastructure” as one of the best examples of teamwork, Rajnath Singh asserted that the while the armed forces are protecting the nation from all kinds of threats, scientists, engineers, civil officers, and others are providing all support by moving shoulder-to-shoulder with them.
“If there is ever a need to fight a war, the whole country will be behind our armed forces. It is the result of teamwork that India has defeated its enemies in the past and won many wars,” he said.
Elaborating on the benefits of team spirit, Rajnath Singh stressed that India is home to several languages, dialects, religions, and ideas. He pointed out that despite its diversity, India remains united and moves forward to secure the interest of its people.
“Irrespective of their backgrounds, all Indians come forward and contribute to nation-building. This is a major reason behind India’s continuous march towards becoming one of the leading countries in the world. Working together doubles the strength increases the chances of success and negates the feeling of arrogance. The NCC cadets should never let arrogance become a part of their personality and always be grateful to the nation and society,” he said.
As part of the event, a colorful cultural program was held. He also inspected the Guard of Honour presented by a contingent of NCC cadets drawn from the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and the Indian Air Force wings of NCC.
He commended the cadets, drawn from all 17 directorates spread across the country, for their performances, terming it as a symbol of India’s unity in diversity. The Raksha Mantri also visited the Flag Area prepared by the cadets, depicting various social awareness themes.
The cadets briefed him about their model. He also visited the ‘Hall of Fame’ which houses an impressive collection of photographs, models, and other achievements of NCC alumni over the last 75 years.
Defence Secretary Giridhar Armane, DG NCC Lt Gen Gurbirpal Singh, and other senior civil and military officers were present on the occasion.