Aug 14, 2006

Tryst with Destiny - Fin2 @ SPJIMR

A li'l spoof that was tried 10 days back... posted since tomm is Independence Day... Hope Nehruji forgives me for this...

With the clock striking the midnight hour on 4-5th August, 2006, Fin2 was 'to awake to freedom'. The ‘Con’student Assembly to whom power was to be transferred began its sitting at 11 pm with Shri Kiraat Desaai singing Masti ka Paatshaala. It was a historic and memorable occasion in the life of the ‘Con’student Assembly.

After an address by the President, ‘Siva’harlal Sheru made his now famous Tryst with Destiny speech. He called upon the members to take a solemn pledge to serve Fin2 and its people.

"Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, Fin2 will awake to life and freedom (yeah, we r gonna partyyyyy). A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a batch, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of Fin2 and its people and to the still larger cause of Gassified SPJIMR.

At the dawn of history Fin2 started on its unending quest (of completing the IB assignment), and trackless centuries are filled with its striving and the grandeur of its successes, and its failures. Through good and ill fortune alike it has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave it strength. We end today a period of ill fortune (the project has been submitted) and Fin2 discovers itself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us (Yeah, the autumns are here!!!). Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future ? (No we are not, but Placom2 will not let us rest in peace)

Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this Assembly, a sobering body representing the sobering people of SPJIMR. Before the birth of freedom, we have endured all the pains of Group Work and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow. Some of those pains continue even now (ok, back aches, eye strain, headache to name a few). Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now. That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we might fulfil the pledges we have so often taken and the One we shall take today (yeah, I promised my mom that I came to SPJIMR to study, and not to look at gals). The service of Fin2 means the service of the millions (Ok, I’m exaggerating, there are only 34) who suffer. It means the ending of poverty (six figure salry!!!) and ignorance (was bliss!!!) and disease (obesity is NOT a disease) and inequality of opportunity. (We were never allowed to do DCP). The ambition of the greatest Prof of our Institute has been to bring forth every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us but as long as there are other group works and assignments, so long our work will not be over.

And so we have to labour and to work and work hard to give reality to our dreams (and we thought we would get 10 lakhs just by clearing CAT). Those dreams are for Fin2, but they are also for the Rest of the Batch, for all the specialisations and students are too closely knit together today for anyone of them to imagine that it can live apart. (yeah, I wish!!)

Group Work has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this one batch that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. To the students of Fin2, whose representatives (we hope) we are, we appeal to join us' with faith and confidence in this great adventure. This is no time for petty and destructive criticism, no time for ill-will or blaming others (basically, no time for RG-giri). We have to build the noble mansion of free Fin2 where all our fachchas may dwell.

I beg to move, sir, that it be resolved that:

After the last stroke of midnight, all members of the ‘Con’student Assembly present on this
occasion, do take the following pledge:

(1) At this solemn moment, when the people of Fin2, through suffering and sacrifice (and sleepless nights), have secured freedom, I a member of the ‘Con’student Assembly of India, do dedicate myself in all humility to the service of Fin2 and its people to the end that this ancient batch attain its rightful place in the Insti and make her full and willing contribution to the promotion of batch peace and the welfare of student-kind.
(2) Members who are not present on this occasion (basically, the proxy junta) do take the pledge (with such verbal changes as the president may prescribe) at the time they next attend a session of the Assembly (if at all they do)."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:18 PM

    aah - at last u heeded to my req! :)