A Minister is meant to mainstream the aspirations and beliefs of the vast array of society which he is mandated to serve. Prakash Javadekar, the incumbent Human Resource Development Minister has proved his ample worth in this singular dimension at least by synthesizing the traditional festivities of Guru Purnima into the national mainstream through a symbolic yet substantial gesture.
The Minister would be personally felicitating all the Parliamentarians who have had been teachers in their careers in some point of time.
In a letter written to Dr. Subramanian Swamy, he says that India’s tradition and culture has always accorded the pride of place to Teachers and Gurus. Guru Purnima is a festival to pay our respects to our teachers. This timeless traditions is celebrated by expressing our debt of gratitude to present and past teachers and scholars.
The Minister goes on expressing his great pride that the Parliament of India, which is a microcosm of the Indian society in all its rich diversity, also has large number of Hon’ble Members who have been teachers at some point of time in their professional life.
This very cognition on the part of a Union Cabinet Minister about the intellectual and scholarly tradition of Parliament of India, is a game changing one. Educational ecosystems are not just limited to the schools & colleges in which we send our youngsters to. The entire turf of national life is a larger educational plane which certainly gets energized and activated by subtle but substantial gestures like these.
More than politics, it’s an indication for the educational & scholarly repository which our teacher parliamentarians possess which need to be put to adequate use for the benefit of the entire education community.