Mangaluru: Samartha Bharata, an NGO which promotes social volunteering among youth unveiled the ‘Vivek Band 2016 campaign’ at the SDM Law College here, on January 6.
The band was unveiled by famous Kannada film director, TS Nagabharana and Registrar of Mangalore University, Dr TD Kemparaju who was also the Chief Guest of the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Nagabharana said, “Be Good Do Good is the message on this band and it is really important for us to follow this statement. We should not be selfish and always have an aim to do something good for the society.”
“India is a strong nation, and to remain as a strong nation we need such campaigns. It is not necessary that we show affection towards our mother only on Mother’s day. But Indian cultural bonds are very strong and we don’t need a special occasion to celebrate our love for our mother,” he said.
Nagabharana further said that India has however adjusted to the changes and it is important to celebrate these specific days. This is only because India is a country that had accepted everyone. “Indian traditions ask us to follow service of selflessness, this was evident from the beliefs of Basavanna. ‘Vivek Band’ shall serve as reminder for all of us of this selfless service,” he added.
Dr Kemparaju said, “India is a great country with a wide diversity of religion and ethnic character, but India is still a major player on the entire globe.” He said that though India was headed in the right direction, the nation needed to battle certain setbacks like corruption and crime. He expressed his opinion that many heinous crimes were often committed by the knowledgeable class of youth. “India has the biggest asset of youth and it is really important to guide this driving force in the right direction,” he added.
The state wide ‘Vivek Band’ campaign begins on 12 January, to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, which is celebrated as National Youth Day. The campaign starts with the wearing of the wrist band with the message ‘BE GOOD – DO GOOD‘ on January 12 and will last for 2 weeks till January 26.