It has long been true for India, that it is a country firmly rooted in its past, but running feverishly towards the future. For India, the past comes with its own baggage, its own set of superstitions, beliefs and traditions that sometimes present a stranglehold to people who want to break free of them and strike out in completely different territories. Recognising this new-age phenomenon, IIM Rohtak’s first TEDx conference was held on the topic, “Gaping Holes and Whistling Noises”- an ode to those people, who dare to run tangential to the existing systems.
|Mr Sandeep Mehto, Founder Bharat Calling, during his TED talk|
TED is a global set of non-profit conferences, organised under the slogan “Ideas Worth Spreading”. The independently organized TEDx events such as the one held at IIM Rohtak on September 13, have resulted in a plethora of inspired ideas that have influenced millions worldwide. At IIM Rohtak, the 18-minute talks were given by Mr Sanjay Nekkanti (Co-founder and Director, Dhruva Space Pvt. Ltd.), Ms Shreya Prakash (Head-HR, The Infomission Project), Ms Aditi Angiras (Poet and Activist), Mr Divakar Sankhla (Co-founder, Alohomora), Mr Sandeep Mehto (Co-founder, Bharat Calling) and Mr Dhruv Raj Sharma (Founder, Logophilia Education Pvt. Ltd.).
Each of these speakers brought with them a different perspective on life in India, the challenges they have faced while they tried to make a difference in the lives of those around them, and the inspiration that has sustained them in their journey so far. The participants were especially touched by a special talk given by Ms Rupa and Ms Ritu, acid attack survivors who have fought long and hard to build a life away from the brutality of their pasts. The sessions were well appreciated by the participants who learnt a little from each of the TEDx speakers.
|The TEDx participants engrossed in the inspiring moments|
The conference also kept the participants engaged by sporadic activities that were meant to fire the mind and inspire new ideas. One such activity, “Dream in a Hat”, was organised to illustrate how easily one can let go of their dreams, and how easy it is to get back on track to achieve them. The TEDx conference was witnessed by students of IIM Rohtak, faculty, and participants from other colleges as well. This conference will undoubtedly be the first in a series of such conferences to be held by IIM Rohtak.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
Credits: Nishant Gupta (PGP05)