CUO-HAL Distinguished Lecture ‘Swaraj and the Divided Republic: Sri Aurobindo’s Dream of a New India’
Bhubaneswar /Koraput (Biswaranjan Mishra)-Central University of Orissa organised a Distinguished Lecture on ‘Swaraj and the Divided Republic: Sri Aurobindo’s Dream of a New India’ in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Sunabeda at Bhanjamandap, HAL township Sunebeda here on today. Eminent academician Prof. Makarand R. Paranjape, Professor of English, Centre for English Studies, School of Language, Literature, and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered the lecture as a Chief Speaker on the Occasion. Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Orissa delivered the inaugural address while Er. Debasish Dev, Executive Director of HAL Sunabeda presided over the programme. Prof. Mohanty reflected lights on the life of Sri Aurobindo and briefed about the Swaraj movement from Tilak to Sri Aurobindo’s. While exploring the dream of Sri Aurobindo he said “Sri Aurobindo must has to be credited for the concept of Poorna Swaraj or Complete freedom and it can be achieved with the five dreams of Sri Aurobindo for Freedom like Free and United India, Liberation of the people of Asia, World reunion, Indian’s Spiritual gift to mankind and the Dream of evolution of human spices in to a higher species. Today we are far away from these dreams”. He also said that “Today’s young generation must know the value of the freedom for them”. Prof. Makarand R. Paranjape focused on the dream of Sri Aurobindo for a united nation on the ground of the diversity. While delivering his lecture based on the dream of Sri Aurobindo he said “Uniformity is not unity. It’s reducing the individuality and each one has a unique gift and it is only unique for that person and without unity we can’t have progress”. He also said “Swaraj means to control inner self and if you have self mastery you will have mastery on the world”. While advising the student he said “By reading book only people can’t gain knowledge, knowledge comes from experience”.Er. Debasish Deb emphasised the importance of relationship between spiritual life and technology for progress. He also congratulates Prof. Mohanty for his successful completion as the Vice-Chancellor of the University in his presidential address. Prof. Makarand was honoured by the Central University of Orissa and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and gifted the traditional artefact of Odisha. Scholar of the Department of English Language and Literature Sushree Priyanka Sharma compered the programme and Sushree Mauli Sauntra gave vote of thanks. All the faculty members, students and research scholars of the CUO and staff and officer of the HAL were present at large in the programme.