Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Speakers, led by V.R. Lakshmi Narayanan, former Director General of Police and chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra, exhorted the youth to strive to weed out corruption and mobilise public opinion to cleanse the political system.

He was speaking at the 132nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel. It was organised by the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Memorial Trust and the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra, in association with Self Imposed Vigilance for good governance ( www.siv-g.org) here on Wednesday.

The former DGP said that there was a ray of hope to ensure good governance in India if the younger generation took up the cause to seriously fight corruption. He regretted that there was no semblance of integrity among those holding high public offices and at least occasions such as the birth anniversary of Patel should act as a reminder to the youths to emulate leaders like him.

D.K. Oza, former Vice-Chancellor, Gandhigram Rural University, narrated instances of how Patel was a foresighted visionary and great thinker.

N. Vittal, former Central Vigilance Commissioner, urged the younger generation to emulate the lofty ideals of Patel.

B.S. Raghavan, former Policy Advisor to the United Nations, wanted October 31 to be declared as All India Services Day.

School and college students who participated in the on-line essay contests were presented prizes.

N. Sugalchand Jain, chairman of the Trust, C.S. Veeraraghavan, secretary, and T.K. Parameswaran, director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra, also spoke.