Minister of State (MoS) in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh said on Monday said that there is no place for anti-India intellectualism, "which has, in recent times, become a favorite pastime for some of the failed scholars and failed academicians who feel tempted to use Kashmir as a convenient subject to seek intellectual pretensions".
Dr Jitendra Singh said that even the most developed democracies of the world like USA allow no place to such "intellectual jingoism" which tends to wreck the nation.
Speaking at an interactive session held at the degree college here on Monday, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the mediocres who are unable to earn recognition as intellectuals or writers through mainstream, have found a convenient option of delivering an anti-India lecture to appear different from others or to write a book on Kashmir and seek overnight recognition. Such "so-called intellectuals", he said, are actually guilty of promoting "intellectual militancy".
Responding to the queries by students and offering his comments on a lecture delivered by youth activist and motivational expert Sajan Shah, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the motivation is incomplete without conviction and conviction leads nowhere without courage, and both conviction and courage can together achieve the optimum results only through the growth of inner sensibilities. Such motivation, he said, has to originate from within and requires consistent and constant self-introspection.
While emphasizing the virtues of sincerity of purpose and focus of mind, Dr Jitendra Singh observed that many of us tend to spend a lot of time and energy in trying to discover others but hardly ever get to discover ourselves.
On the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh also inaugurated a series of new academic blocks in the college premises and new Smart Classroom complex.