Hon’ble Governor Justice (Rtd.) P. Sathasivam inaugurated the National Students’ Parliament 2019, the Second of the Six National Conclaves held as part of the diamond Jubilee celebrations of Kerala Legislative Assembly at Thiruvananthapuram today.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the theme of the festival – democracy: feel, focus and future – is truly befitting to the occasion. He also said that he was greatly impressed by the responses of the youth to the NSP Kerala 2019. The Governor in his address praised its aim of nurturing in the youth a love for democratic values and the democratic way of life.
He said that India is the largest and most vibrant democracy in the world and it has also been a model to the world in terms of faith in democratic process and the ballot.
Minister for Finance, Dr. T. M. Thomas Isaac said that every citizen of Kerala has been ensured minimum basic needs in the fields of education, health etc. He also said that we have not been able to annihilate caste, but have been able to eliminate some of its worst forms and ostracism.
Speaker Shri. P. Sreeramakrishnan in his speech stated that the Festival on Democracy is not only an evaluation of contemporary democratic process but also a dream about the future prospects of our nation. He opined that in order to empower democracy, we as a nation have to address the issues of economic democracy, cultural democracy and involvement in power.
Leader of Opposition Shri. Ramesh Chennithala opined that the youth should think about our heritage and culture with a new vigour and enthusiasm. He also reiterated the need for a healthy mutual acknowledgement between the cabinet and the opposition for a healthy parliamentary practice.
Deputy Speaker Shri. V. Sasi, KLA Secretary Shri. V.K Babu Prakash, Executive President MIT WPU Shri. Rahul V. Karad, Representative of UNICEF Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque were present at the inaugural function.