Jagannathan who hails from Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu and considers
Trivandrum as his second home for the past 5 years is over the moon with
his latest achievement of participating in the prestigious South Asian
Conference for Youth at Islamabad, Pakistan last month.
software engineer working in a multinational company in Technopark,
Jagannathan manages to find time for his passion in attending
conferences and meeting new people. Among the 25 Indians who
participated in the event, he was the only one from South India.
second edition of the South Asian Youth Conference was held in
Islamabad from Nov 5 to Nov 10 follows its grand success at IIM,
Bangalore last year. This year too the conference drew enthusiastic
participation from diverse cultures and served as a platform for
exchanging ideas for better co-operation between the people of South
The key issues
debated covered education, peace and sustainable development. Hot topics
like the Kashmir issue and the Tamil-Srilankan issue were discussed
with a level of great maturity. One of the noted speakers at the event
was Hina Rabbani Ghar, External Affairs Minister, Government of
At the South Asian Youth Conference in Islamabad
speaking to Yentha, Jagannathan said, “The conference gave me a
wonderful platform to exchange ideas with peers and I was privileged to
be given this golden chance to visit and speak in our ‘rival’ nation.”
He specially mentioned the man behind the scene, Dhananjayan from
Maharashtra through whom Jagannathan heard about the conference.
After applying online at www.sayc2012.org,
Jagannathan was screened after an online interview through Skype. He
was one of the 120 selected from the initial screening of 6000. His
active volunteering in a musical trust for youth called SPICMACAY and
his tireless striving for the welfare of farmers in rural areas of Tamil
Nadu, suffering from drought and poverty boosted his chances with the
authorities that selected him. He was also invited to Delhi for meeting
with Agriculture policy makers.
Dalit improvement was another hot
debate in this conference and the role of youth in bringing about a
healthy makeover to the dysfunctional policies bogging almost all South
While in conversation with Yentha, he also said, “Living in
Trivandrum for the last 5 years, transformed me greatly, providing me
with the confidence to participate in such programmes.”
this land of rich cultural heritage and history motivated me to become a
cultural activist,” he smiles. This resident of Kariavattom has no
reluctance to say that Trivandrum is the best city to live in, when
compared to other metropolitan cities in India.
A voracious reader since childhood, Jagannathan feels it was this passion, which helped him hone his public speaking skills.
is a one of a kind young man who can evenly balance his active
participation in cultural and political events with a hectic corporate
job. He is also fortunate to receive full-fledged support from his
family, without which he would not have been able to do what he does.
an excited Jagannathan awaits the next edition of this prestigious
event, one cannot help but get the feeling that he could be an
inspiration to all young minds, especially the techies who are often too
busy or unconcerned to participate in social minded activities. Yentha
wishes this Unsung Hero all the best and hopes that he would be an
exemplary role model to the future citizens of this nation.
By Krishna Chand