‘With the ongoing celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, AAI encourages the future generation to know more about the Father of the Nation’
Albert Einstein once wrote that generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth. He was referring to no one else but Mahatma Gandhi. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) believes in the ‘Gandhian Ideology’ and is using unique platforms to promote them by creating a highly interactive environment at airports. To perpetuate the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the noble ideals he represented and to emphasise on certain values of life that made Gandhi a Mahatma, AAI, along with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, is propagating his ideas through various channels.
Taking forward this initiative, AAI organised an Inter-School Hindi debate competition at its Corporate Headquarters where students from 9th to 12th standards from over 15 prominent schools from South Delhi participated, speaking ‘for’ and ‘against’ the topic, “Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in 21st Century.” The students passionately expressed their views at the competition as they presented their respective motions and fervently invoked Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandel and other leaders while deliberating about the relevance and the significant role Gandhi played in shaping India and the Indian psyche.
“The school kids really rose to the occasion and did justice to the subject.
Mahatma Gandhi and his time tested values of life were brought forth effectively.
– Shashwati Jhalani, Former Librarian, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti
The occasion was graced by the presence of Sh. Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), AAI, along with the esteemed panel of judges consisting of Sh. Laxmi Dass, noted Gandhian and former chairman, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC); Ms. Shashwati Jhalani, former librarian, Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti and Sh. Ajit Dubey, former ED (Finance), AAI.
“It was a remarkable event organised by AAI and whatever views were
expressed, in favour or against, ended up honouring Gandhiji’s memory.”
– Laxmi Dass, Former Chairman, Khadi & Village Industries Commission
Bhavy Gupta of Delhi Public School, RK Puram won the First Prize while Ananya Tyagi of Delhi Police Public School stood second in the competition. Krisha Suri of Laxman Public School took away the Third Prize.
The competition honoured the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and gave the future generation a chance to know more about the leader before accepting or rejecting his philosophies.