Health and education is two of the most underspent sectors in our country whereas these are the prime need of our society. – Shashi Tharoor
Kolkata: Member of Parliament and former International Civil Servant Dr Shashi Tharoor seems reminiscing his early days while speaking at an interactive session organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata. In his quintessential manner he started, “As everyone is saying I need no introduction. So do I now need a conclusion?” Dr. Tharoor elaborated his journey and his inclination towards history and oration from an early age. How he came to Kolkata in the year 1969 and got an admission in St. Xavier’s Kolkata.
He was especially grateful towards his parents who allowed him to pursue a career of his choice at a time when taking up humanities and studying history was surely an unorthodox choice for a child who delivered remarkable results in other subjects that has could have got him into a bright future as engineers or doctors. Even he talked about how his father pushed him up to take part in elocution competition. He added,
“To communicate properly in a lucid way is invincible anywhere.”Speaking mainly on the value of education he put emphasis on parents’ role in allowing children to choose their own career path so that they are happy in doing their work that leads to a better society as a whole.
Sharing his views, Tharoor said, “Health and education is two of the most underspent sectors in our country whereas these are the prime need of our society.” He further stated a solution as government should invest massively in private sector hospitals and healthcare centres to made the treatment free for the people.
Dr Tharoor shared his experience at the UN and the various expertise he gained working especially in refugee management. In his attempt to motivate the young generation, he felt the need for everyone to push themselves and put themselves in challenging positions that test their capabilities and put them through mindful experiences.
Talking about his experience as a candidate for the UN Secretary-General, which did not see through as expected, he quoted from the Bhagavad Gita that all experiences matter and putting the effort is equally important as achieving something as the effort put makes for a positive change and the effort makes for a learning experience.