Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said Friday the country needed a bridge between traditional and modern, and should find the common bond tying people together across different geographies in the country.
Prabhu was speaking at a function organised by the South Indian Education Society (SIES) at Shanmukhananda auditorium in Sion. SIES presented Prabhu with its Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati National Eminence award for his leadership in public life. SIES also presented the award to former Atomic Energy Commission chairman R K Sinha for science and technology, Aditya
Birla Centre chairperson Rajashree Birla for community leadership, and Dr David Frawley, a scholar in Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedic astrology.
After accepting the award, Prabhu said, “SIES is a bridge between the traditional and modern. For a railway man, the junction is especially very important. It is important to create a bridge between the two, failing which we cannot reach our destination.”
The railway minister also said the country needed to find the one common thing that connected people in India across geographies. “That is what is going to be our strength and be the process that will drive India forward,” he added.
Dr Frawley spoke about how it was important for every child in India to learn at least the basics of Yoga and Veda. “Without this, the child’s education will be incomplete. Education comprises not just partaking what is outside, but also what is within.”
Amid stringent opposition from certain groups to nuclear power plants and mobile towers, Sinha reiterated the importance of nuclear energy to maintain the ecological balance going forward. “Nuclear power is highly concentrated, and yields a greater amount of energy than other resources. The total amount of waste produced, land required is also much lower,” he said. The awards consist of a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh, a large lamp and a citation each.