17 Jan 2020 15:28 IST

Indian thought is vibrant and diverse, says PM Modi via videoconferencing at IIM-K

He inaugurated the conclave on ‘Globalising Indian Thought’; Swami Vivekananda statue unveiled

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, via videoconferencing, inaugurated the international conclave on ‘Globalising Indian Thought’ followed by the unveiling of the statue of Swami Vivekananda at The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM Kozhikode).

The Prime Minister said: “Indian thought is vibrant and diverse. It is constant and evolving. It is too vast to be put in a lecture or a seminar or even books. But, broadly, there are certain ideals that have remained central to Indian values. They are — compassion, harmony, justice, service and openness.”

He further added: “The innovative zeal of Indians is drawing the world to India. Indian thought has given a lot to the world and has the potential to contribute even more. It has the potential to solve some of the most leading challenges our planet faces.”

The international conclave will have representations from renowned academicians, public figures and the presentation of more than 100 research papers who would share Indian management thinking and how it can impact global businesses.

Intuitive minds

Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode, said: “India, the land of Gandhi and Buddha has taken the developmental and a more compassionate route. India’s core ethos has been vasudhaiva kutumbakkam…the universe of borderless humanism. Our culture of genuine multilateralism is reflective of India’s spirit of harmony and tolerance. India’s mantra of borderless humanism will have a far reaching impact in India’s rise as a global force.”

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gave the keynote address and congratulated IIM Kozhikode for providing an ideal platform through GIT 2020 for an individual’s quest to rediscover his roots and move towards his goals. He further added that an intuitive mind is the basis of innovation. He said India can give a sense of belongingness to the world through its culture, wisdom and rich traditional knowledge.

The guest of honour, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Member of Parliament, encouraged to embark on a mission to globalise Indian thought with concerted efforts from all sections of society by adopting and internalising civilisational values to generate greater awareness about Indian among Indians and then the global community.

Grammy award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt concluded the day’s event with a musical performance.