In the rapidly vitiating atmosphere of real and alleged intolerance, the youth is where the real hopes of India lie, and it is time for the youth to not only see through the bullshit and read between the lines, but to think good change and to be the change, as the great Mahatma Gandhi once said. So it is great news that the Mumbai chapter of Young Indians was launched recently.
No, Young Indians isn’t something dedicated to giving political education to youth or whipping up young Indian frenzy, but an interesting and integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organisation playing a proactive role in India’s development process. Yi was formed in 2002 to create “a platform for young Indians to realize the dream of a developed nation”, and has has around 2350 direct members in 37 chapters, and engages around 10500 students through chaupals, under the brand ‘Yuva’.
And it’s taken 13 years to get a Mumbai chapter, but it has one now, which is important, and the chapter is headed by a young communication veteran from a company that has been emotionally tied with India over decades now – Sujit Patil, who heads Corporate Communications for Godrej Industries Limited and its associate companies.
The Mumbai Chapter of Yi was launched on the 4th of March – incidentally also CII Maharashtra Annual Day – at the hands of Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai.
While Sujit’s tenure begins April 2016, one knows him personally to be a wise and active young leader with a team of enthusiastic young professionals who have already made significant headway. They have led and participated in activities including the CII Tower Run 2015 and a seminar on ‘Value-based Leadership’ during National Youth Week. Yi Mumbai supported the National Volunteering Week by participating in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and creating awareness on child sexual abuse in schools and mentoring management students.
We have chalked out a detailed plan for the year based on the Yi pillars and look forward to playing an active role in India’s development process – Sujit Patil
Which brings me to why I chose to write about this piece of news on my blog. There are several initiatives launched around and for the highly marketable ‘youth’ space. All very good, but what’s important is that apart from the developmental agenda that a responsible body like CII would be driven by, I see this as an opportunity for it to also, always, subtly and surreptitiously, keep injecting doses of national pride and respect for society and divergence.
Sujit, who chairs the Mumbai Chapter of Yi from April this year, said at the inauguration, “It will be my endeavor to lead the Mumbai Chapter to greater heights. We have chalked out a detailed plan for the year based on the Yi pillars and look forward to playing an active role in India’s development process.”
There are two good aspects about the scenario: Yi is from a reputed not-for-profit Industry body and is run in the spirit of giving and contributing, and the Mumbai Chair is not a political appointee but a respected communication professional who excels in his professional life too. And his pro-bono contribution of time and effort to the Yi cause is obviously backed by his employer — an evolved, socially responsible corporate. (Sujit is on Twitter here: Follow @SujitPatil)
While the start has been great, the plan ahead promises to be even better. Yi Mumbai has laid out a detailed plan for FY 16 -17. This includes a focused outreach program with government officials, sessions on entrepreneurship and Innovation, mentoring management students and workshops across primary schools to create awareness on child sexual abuse.
All that one would like to be included as a complementing input to the youngsters being honed for nation building through development and growth, is pride in self, our society, every community living together in harmony, and, most important, the sanctity and respect of the Nation
The plan also includes support to Project Swachh Bharat through a detailed volunteering program. In addition, the Mumbai Chapter plans to create a vertical on ‘Environment & Biodiversity’ among other nation building initiatives.
All that one would like to be included as a complementing input to the youngsters being honed for nation building through development and growth, is pride in self, our society, every community living together in harmony, and, most important, the sanctity and respect of the Nation.
Let me reach out to Sujit and get back with something which, hopefully, will be a peep into the person behind the professional, what has motivated him to take up this responsibility, and also, as I said, what his specific plans are for the Mumbai chapter
The Yi boilerplate says Yi’s work is divided primarily into three groups: “Youth Leadership”, “Nation Building” and “Thought Leadership”, and that Yi intends to become a larger movement of young people and promote the attitude of “We Can, We Will”. I plan to contact Sujit Patil for his plans for Yi for these three areas, going ahead. From what one knows of the young man, one hopes this will be a great inaugural year for the Mumbai Chapter of Young Indians.
Let me reach out to Sujit and get back with something which, hopefully, will be a peep into the person behind the professional, what has motivated him to take up this responsibility, and also, as I said, what his specific plans are for the Mumbai chapter. A whiff of his personal beliefs too, which are always critical particularly when you are leading something as important as this.
Keep you posted. If you have any questions you’d like me to ask him, send them to me via your comments, please.