The Youth Awakening Torch Rally

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Leaders For Tomorrow one of DU’s most active student forums organized a 2km run on February the 24th. Commencing from the Vishvavidyalaya metro station the rally passed through Ramjas and Hindu College before concluding at St. Stephens College. The run, which was organized with the aim of sensitizing the youth towards their social responsibility, saw a turnout of over two hundred students. The chief guests of this event were the directors of this organization, well-known journalists Barkha Dutt, Rajdeep Sardesai and Binoy Job, who engaged in an interactive session with the students discoursing with them on topics ranging from journalistic responsibility to politics. The Vice Chancellor of the University, professor Deepak Pental too was part of this discussion. The principal of St. Stephens College, Valson Thampu too pledged his support to the Leaders For Tomorrow Foundation. Flagged off, by Rajdeep Sardesai amidst great euphoria and patriotic songs playing in the background, the rally was cheered throughout its journey. Adding a tinge of hilarity was the rather inappropriate slogan of Simon Go Back raised by one enthusiastic volunteer, which was consequently met by many poorly disguised smiles. The presence of Barkha Dutt at the closing ceremony was one of the major attractions of the march for some. After reminiscing a bit about her own college days at St. Stephens, she patiently answered the questions addressed to her. Her notion of defining youth not in terms of age but progressive ideas drew applause from all present. The Relay was a forerunner of a nationwide signature campaign where young people will be asked to pledge to volunteer towards social causes. These lists of volunteers along with the ‘Action Agenda’ will then be taken to the Prime Minister.


Journalism has been called the “first rough draft of history”. D.U.B may be termed as the first rough draft of DU history. Freedom to Express.

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