The High Commission of India organised a tree planting event at
Berakas Beach on 12 January 2022 to celebrate the National Youth Day of India as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. During the event, 75 tree saplings were planted to mark 75 years of India’s independence.
Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa Binti Haji Ash’ari, Hon’ble Member and President of Brunei Youth Council, and H.E. Dayang Hajah Tutiaty Binti Haji Abdul Wahab, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources & Tourism (MPRT) participated with 70 people in the sapling planting.
He mentioned that The Banyan tree is the national tree of India, associated with prosperity, and is considered as a wish-fulfilling tree.
Touching upon the importance of the National Youth Day, the High Commissioner said, “the Indian government in 1984 made the decision to celebrate the birthday of Indian philosopher and visionary Swami Vivekananda (on January 12) as the National Youth Day. He is a source of inspiration for millions of youth across the world.
‘Man is born to conquer nature and not to follow it’ – this quote by Swami Vivekananda still reverberates in the ears of every individual who wishes to overcome any difficulty with their fearless attitude.
The High Commissioner highlighted the importance of Swami Vivekananda teachings are all the more relevant in today’s world as they extolled the virtues of creative thinking and risk taking the attitude of the youth for a better future. It was Swami Vivekananda who had said that ‘Take risks in your life, if you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide’,” states Ajaneesh Kumar.