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A Young Mind Building Bonds Across Borders

G 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.

A 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.

The 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 Asia.

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 Pakistan.

At the South Asian Youth Conference in Islamabad

While 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 Asian countries.


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.” 

“And 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.

Jagannathan 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.

As 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

Posted By : Yentha, On Dec 26, 2012 12:47:45 AM
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