Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy Teacher's Day : by ~ Niilesh A Raje

Happy Teacher's Day !!! Presenting copy of my book "Notable Personalities" to my School Principal  

Short piece I penned down and presented to my school Principal on this 5th Day of September 2015. Last few years on this special day I have been visiting my school and paying respect to all my teachers.

Our Respected Principal,

Happy Teacher's Day !!!

The 5th Day of September in INDIA commemorates the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan, 2nd President of India, a philosopher, and a teacher par excellence well known for his contribution towards Indian education system.

Teacher’s Day reminds me of an old adage and words from Julius Nyerere former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, “Education is not a way to escape poverty. It is indeed a way of fighting it”.

It warms up my heart to visit my school at least once in a year on this special day namely “Teacher’s Day”. Those days when we were in school we were too apprehensive to come inside  our Principal’s cabin but today post passing out of my school many years ago it’s a different experience of paying reverence to my school, my teachers and all the staff members.

Let me take this opportunity to seek your blessings and present to you and our school library copy of my book titled, "Notable Personalities" - An Achievers Inspiration. My book is a collection of twelve personalities who are known for their commitment to the chosen craft delivered with a certain stamp of flamboyance and with whom I had the opportunity to meet and interact with them in person. 

In school as a student we were given the homework of learning the meaning of new words and then constructing sentence which uses these new words. The quantum of new words to learn were many but the marks one could get in the examination for attempting these questions were minuscule.

But today, while I present to you copy of my book I realize that it is not those little marks that count but it’s those, “Great Words That Equate Great Power”.

Thank you teachers for guiding us and making us what we are today. 

Our parents, our family and our teachers remain to be our true inspiration in the odyssey of our life.


Gratitude, Love, Care and Respect

Niilesh A Raje

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A BULLET FOR A BULLET (Keynote Address With Mr. Julio Riberio) : by ~ Niilesh A Raje

The Independence Day weekend might have been long weekend for many but for the whole crew of St. Xavier's College (Mumbai) for the professors and their students it marked the opening ceremony for their three day annual festival of St Xavier's College namely “Malhar”.  

The theme of this year's Malhar was 'A Chronicle' and it proved to be a crowd-puller as over 67 different colleges from Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai participated in this annual festival with great enthusiasm.

'Malhar Conclave' the festival's first day which coincided with Independence Day celebrations drew people in large numbers for interactive sessions and discussions. Day one of Conclave started with keynote address from Mr. Julio Francis Riberio.

Mr. Ribeiro has been a Padma Bhushan Awardee, India's third highest civilian award for his services. He was also the former Mumbai Police Commissioner and Indian Ambassador to Romania. He led the Punjab Police during part of the Punjab insurgency periods. He held positions such as Special Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Adviser to the Governor of Punjab.

When former Assistant Commissioner of Police Mr. Vasant Dhoble retired he said, “If there is one person whom I always looked up as my role model during my service then it has been the retired Police Commissioner Mr. Julio Ribeiro”.

There is a Marathi phrase namely; “Jashas Tase” it means tit for tat is fair attitude which has been his credo. It's the reason Mr. Julio Ribeiro remains to be my inspiration who has also authored a book titled, “Bullet for Bullet” said Mr. Dhoble. 

The first session on day one for “Malhar Conclave” the audience had the opportunity to hear keynote address from Mr. Julio Riberio titled as “A Bullet For A Bullet”. Here is the excerpt from his keynote address:  


Question: Is the youth getting involved in politics a good idea?

Response: “It’s not a bad idea at all. However, not all people are meant for politics. Politics is a quest for power.”

Question: “Why do police appear to be demonized?”

Response: The policemen are required to adhere to the law. When you have the common masses on your side no one can touch you. And one can only have the masses on your side if you serve them.

On being an IPS officer “The ‘S’ in IPS stands for service. You’ve come to serve the people, not to be their masters.”

“Old social institutions like joint family and caste system are breaking down.”

“Value system has changed”

“Economic crimes like avoiding the income tax are more dangerous.”

“I have worked with the youth and can relate very easily to them.”

Question: How do we tackle corruption?

Response: “Try to influence young minds. At schools we must convey to the young that these practices are not good and ethically right”

“Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a very good campaign; but in practice we must understand it. It should be a movement and even colleges should get involved“.