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THIS IS THE FIRST STEP ~ Sushant Singh Rajput

The media is rife with the news of Sushant Singh Rajput wanting to provide free education to needy children who will be chosen wisely against a set of tests of merit. If the children clear the test, they would be granted a year of free education, and as an incentive not to render the spirits of such chosen children lackadaisical, the children would have to appear for another test at the beginning of the next academic year if they are to be eligible for their education being supported for the consecutive year. Says Sushant, “This is the first step, and we will work on other models. I think this process will give kids a new excitement and encouragement to study and make themselves more competitive.”

A studious lad who had cleared multiple engineering exams, Sushant was born and brought up in Patna. Right from an early age he was rather eager to study abroad, but the circumstances were not conducive for him to pursue his dreams any further. “My mother always taught me that we educate our children not to become doctors or engineers, but that the impact of basic education reflects on their thought processes and decision making,” he says. As you can infer, he is doing whatever he is doing in honour of his mother, who is no more. As admirable as it is, the dichotomy is that in this age; where nearly everything is short-lived, do we receive such deeds of benevolence with a sense of gratitude, move onto what’s the next sensational story to make waves, or, do we build on it with a goal of permanence, just so that we may create a little bit of Sushant Singh Rajput in each of us? That I leave to each of you to introspect and arrive at your own answers.

Education is one of the vital tools that favour humanity for the betterment of it. Education provides you the ability to discern between the good and the bad, the right and the wrong. Education grooms men to be gentlemen, and women, ladies. A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special said Nelson Mandela, and even though a formal education has all the properties of helping you make a living, it is self-education that is a sure means to make you a fortune. For that reason, a fire to learn must be kindled in kids. They ought to be made to desire what they are learning, considering the mind is constructed in such a way that it retains nothing that it takes in, if it is not something it finds appealing, and that is something that people can expect from Sushant and his endeavours: the propagation of encouragement at the very grassroots.

I have believed in a simple philosophy that at the end of your life you will know that nothing you have done will ever matter – only who you have been while you have done it. And in keeping with my own philosophy, I have only one thing to say – don’t merely like what Sushant Singh Rajput is doing; strive to be like what Sushant Singh Rajput is. Be the fire that lights a million lamps, for the mind once enlightened, as Thomas Paine said, cannot again become dark. And in giving to the world would be the best honour you can be giving Sushant Singh Rajput.