An Evening of Rhyme and Rhythm: Goonj celebrates Rashtriya Ekta Divas
MANIPAL: Goonj, the Hindi Literary Society of MAHE, celebrated Rashtriya Ekta Divas on October 31, which marked the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Home Minister of India, at the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) Library Auditorium.
The event was organized by Goonj and in association with National Cadet Corps (NCC), and hosted by its literary heads – Shreyansh Pandey, a 3rd year MIT student and Shreya Narayan, a 4th year MCOPS student. The program began with the lighting of the lamp, followed by a performance of India’s national song, ‘Vande Mataram’.
Dr Srikanth Rao, the Director of MIT took to the stage to praise the man of the hour, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He talked about Patel’s impact and significance in India’s post-independence structure by commenting, “He was the ‘Iron Man’ of the Indian political scenario.”
He also talked about Patel’s struggles in life and how he rose to his position despite having a rather tough time in his initial years. Patel was born to a poor family and had spent years to collect money in order to go abroad and pursue his degree. He wanted to be educated enough to serve his country and be of use to his countrymen. Dr Rao further described his character by saying that he was a highly opinionated man, unashamed of his character. He and Nehru would often contradict each other. He played a very critical role in the Kashmir issue although Nehru’s opinions overpowered his.
Varun Tiwari, a 3rd year MIT student who delivered the welcome note, in his speech stated, “Today is not just the birth date of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, it’s the day when we must introspect what we want to be as a country and what we want to do to move forward as India.”
There was culmination of ideas and opinions in rhyme and verse as young members of the Goonj Club took to the dais to recite poetry, some of which was self-written.
Divyansh Mishra, a poet recited the poem Samar Shesh by the famous poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.
Here is an excerpt from the poem –
Timir putr yeh dasyu kahi koi dushkand rache na
Savdhan ho khadi desh bhar main Gandhi ki sena
Bali dekar bhi bali! sneh ka yeh mridu vrat sadho re
Mandir aur masjid dono par ek taar bandho re
Samar shesh hai, nahi paap ka bhagii keval vyadh
Jo tatasth hai, samay likhega unke bhi apradh
Talking about the celebration and its association with the NCC, Sneha Bhattacharjee, a 2nd year MIT student and a cadet expressed that she felt that the day was worth celebrating since it was important on a national level. The program concluded successfully, with the members of the Goonj club posing for a group photo, smiling with a sense of accomplishment.
Featured Image Courtesy: Annwesha Shyam
Edited by: Karthika Venugopal