Let your performance speak louder than words: Sehwag tells students

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Jan 2018 12:07:26


Staff Reporter,

RAIPUR,

Jan 12,

Giving tips for success to youths, ace former Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag, said “When I used to play, my bat used to talk and I used to keep silent. We players always tried to let our performance make the talking and always refrained from giving any statements.” Sehwag further added that, “Now that I have stopped playing, my strategy has changed. Now there is no bat, but through my words I try to share my views through social media, so that the youth gets inspired and follow and enjoy them.” He said he never forgets the famous lines of Swami Vivekananda – “Arise! Awake! Stop not till the goal is achieved!”

Sehwag, the ace Indian cricketer who was widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, expressed these views while addressing the huge congregation of youths at Sardar Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium here on Friday on the occasion of A-rise programme on the occasion of National Youth Day, being celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Sehwag while addressing the youths said he had dreamt of playing for the Indian National Cricket team and he did not stop till he achieved his goal. He said he has similar expectations from all the youths sitting here. He called upon the youth to dream high and give their level best to achieve them. He said when I had visited Raipur four years back for playing IPL match from Delhi Daredevils team. At that time we had urged Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh that Chhattisgarh should have its individual cricket team and today I am proud to acknowledge that a full-fleged Chhattisgarh Cricket team is playing Ranji Trophy matches. He said in next five years international level players will emerge from here as well.

Sehwag said large numbers of youths have received awards here today, but most of them were from academic fields like IIT, IIM, medical, etc., but sports. He hoped that in near future such function would be organized where sports achievers will also be awarded. This will inspire youths here and they will take to sports. Playing sports is easy but representing one’s country and achieve medals and accolades there is very tough and competitive. “I hope youths take the benefit of their youthfulness and surpass these obstacles and bring laurels for Chhattisgarh as well as of India.”

Addressing the august gathering Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that youth from Chhattisgarh have already brought laurels for the sate through their hard work and talent in every field including education and sports. Dr Singh while quoting Swami Vivekananda called upon the youths to achieve their goals with persistence and hard work.

Asserting that the Youth are the future of Nation, the Chief Minister said Chhattisgarh came into existence in year 2000 and now this 18-year-old Chhattisgarh is all set to take new leap of development. With the support of youth, Chhattisgarh will soon become one of the most developed states in the country. Dr Singh said that state government is conducting various schemes for youngsters. Youngsters should avail these schemes. He said that Raipur has premium educational institutes of national-level. In the field of sports as well, youngsters are being provided better opportunities.

Chief Minister welcomed ace former cricketer Virendra Sehwag, saying that youth should take inspiration from his courage to march ahead in the direction of his choice. Mentioning about Youth Spark Tournament, Chief Minister said that five lakh youths of 519 colleges participated in the competition and create a new history. He said that 27 selected youth got the opportunity to work as Shadow Collector for one day. This experience would have taught these youngsters that doing something constructive for the society requires hard work.

Dr Singh awarded cheques of Rs 51,000 to winner of the competition Abhishek Pandey, Rs 31,000 to first Runner Up Reshma Sahu and Rs 21,000 to second Runner-Up. He also took the opportunity to congratulate Collector Raipur O P Choudhary and Competition Coordinator Daan Singh Dewangan and other people associated for successfully organizing the event. Collector Raipur O P Choudhary gave detailed information about the ‘Arise Programme’.

Chief Minister also felicitated 14 talented youths from all over the state for their achievements. They included Archana Pandey from Rajnandgaon who topped the CGPSC civil services examination and was selected for the post of Deputy Collector, Divya Vaishnav from Raipur also selected for the post of Deputy Collector, five times National medal winner in Basket Ball Punam Chaturvedi (Bhilai), Prithviraj Ramteke (Raipur) who participated in disabled cricket tournament organized by BCCI, Hemant Sahu (Young Scientist Award) for his contribution in Agriculture, Lakshman Kumhar for dance, Gaukaran Patel for Art, Ravindra Chatriya for his activities in social sector, Kiran Kumari Prayaas student selected for IIT, Tanuja Netam also a Prayaas student selected in medical entrance, Suryakant Agrawal who scored record cent percent marks in CAT and Rangoli Artist Pramod Sahu.

Present on the occasion were Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, MLA Shrichand Sundrani, Chairman of Chhattisgarh Textbook Corporation Devji Bhai Patel, Chairman Apex Bank Ashok Bajaj, Mayor of Municipal Corporation Raipur Pramod Dubey, Director of Chhattisgarh State Hindi Grath Akademi Shashank Sharma and Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Vanoshadhi Board Rampratap Singh were also present as special guest of the occasion. Padamshree Awardee Poet Dr Surendra Dubey recited poetry and child artist Lakshman Kumhar gave commendable dance performance.