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Our biggest break, our most human moment is when we are born as a human being. There is something extraordinary about this human birth. Unlike an animal that is bound by its nature, a human being can defy and transcend his or her own nature. A lion cannot be a vegetarian (with or without a ban on meat in the jungle). However, Gautama can become a Buddha, Mohandas Gandhi can be a Mahatma, a Loreto geography teacher can become a Mother Teresa– even a villain like Ratnakar can become a Rishi Valmiki.

An ordinary pawn on a chessboard can become a queen by crossing over to the other end of the board in a few moves — our most human moments are such transformational and cross-over moments. The mind is the bar. On this side of the bar, we are slaves of our mind. When we jump the bar, the mind becomes our slave. The essence of education is nothing but the discovery of these transformational human moments.

(Excerpts from Debashis Chatterjee’s talk delivered for the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Springdales Schools)

EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE

“IN SEARCH OF A HUMANE SOCIETY

The Role of Education”

FIRST PLENARY SESSION

How can Education play a Humanising Role?

Prof. Debashis Chatterjee

IIM, Lucknow

Venue: Vigyan Bhavan , New Delhi

Time: 12.30 p.m. – 1.30 p.m.

Date: September 19 Saturday

Inaugural Speech by the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Shri M. Hamid Ansari

The Vice President of India

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