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Clarion call to students for change in system

- Bihar BJP ‘poster boy’ recalls his days during JP Movement in ABVP convention

Patna, Dec. 28: Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi today said students’ organisations like the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) should work for initiating systemic change in the society.

During the closing ceremony of the three-day 58th national convention of the ABVP here, Modi said it was students’ agitation during the 1970s that saw the change in governments at the Centre and in states. Now the time has come that students’ organisations should work united to fight against social evils such as illiteracy, female foeticide, sexual harassment of girls among others.

Modi said: “In Bihar, there are still 60 per cent of girl population getting married before they attain the age of 18 years. Such problems can be solved only if awareness is raised at the grassroots level.”

The deputy chief minister added that under the guidance of the RSS and the ABVP he jumped into the students’ movement on the clarion call by JP Narayan.

On the concluding day, Prasad Waman Devdhar was conferred with the Yashwant Rao Kelkar Yuva Award for his contribution in rural development in his home district, Sindhudurg, in Maharashtra. Devdhar has contributed in development of biogas with promoting the use of bio-agriculture.

After receiving the award, Devdhar said that lifestyle of people could be changed with the right and judicious use of science and technology.

He added that it takes only 18 minutes for cooking food in developed countries while in urban India, the cooking time is one hour. “Cooking time in rural India is usually three to four hours,” he lamented.

RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi said: “The present economic policy is silently destroying our economy. The use of fertilisers, pesticides and hybrid seeds is not only affecting the health of millions but also it is eating out our rural market economy which depends on indigenous way of agriculture.”

The last day of the convention saw attendance of the BJP leaders — health minister Ashwani Kumar Choubey, urban development minister Prem Kumar, animal and fish resources minister Giriraj Singh, BJP senior leader and party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad, senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Motihari MP Radhamohan Singh among others.