Chandigarh, Oct 13 (UNI) Renowned journalist H K Dua today said the galloping sensex is exciting for just a minuscule of the ''Shining India'' population while for the rest it is just statistics.
''India is emerging as a major economic, military and nuclear power. But after 60 years of independence we have no excuse for the goals we have not yet achieved, like providing basic amenities to marginalised sections of society,'' the Tribune Editor-in-Chief said while delivering the lecture on 'India - Promises and Pitfalls' at the Kairon Memorial Lecture organised by PGMIR to commemorate the 106th birth anniversary of former Punjab Chief Minister the late Sardar Partap Singh Kairon.
Stressing the need for change in the country, he said, ''Change requires opening of the mind but opening of the mind is not taking place as we are still guided by what is given to us.'' In this context, Mr Dua recollected Kairon's role in bringing in a change in Punjab with his vision and passion to achieve all-round progress for the state.
He said a great change was required to bring in total democracy where there would be clean politics and efforts would be to uplift the poor and downtrodden.
Mr Dua dwelled upon the current evils in the political structure, which could be removed only by opening the minds of those who take policy decisions.
Supporting Mr Dua's view, principal Secretary to Prime Minister T K A Nair, said, ''Everybody has a collective responsibility for the the country's progress. Concern should be at every individual level. All of us should contribute in our own way.'' Prior to the lecture, a visual presentation was made from PGI's archives showing Kairon's role in building the Institute. Later, Mr Nair released the souvenir 'PGI the legacy of a visionary'.
Punjab Information and Technology minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon was the Guest of Honour.
Earlier, PGI Director K K Talwar introduced the guests to the audience and made them aware of the tremendous foresight of Sardar Partap Singh Kairon, who visualised a first class institution of medical education and research in Chandigarh.
CRRID Director General Rashpal Malhotra introduced Pratap Singh Kairon by waking down memory lane and sharing some glimpses from it with the audience.