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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Teachings of Swami Vivekananda

This week’s winner, Dhruvika Jain, urges youth to learn from their roots



A class 9 student at Apeejay School, Mahavir Marg in Jalandhar, Dhruvika Jain, likes to read about spiritualism and philosophy. In her free time, she also meditates, plays piano or ‘dholki’, practices photography and more. She is an all-rounder who has shown active participation in inter-school and national-level competitions. Her daily mantra is: ‘Push yourself to the utmost of capabilities because no one else will do it for you.’ Read on, as this young achiever shares more about her writings and thought process. Edited excerpts from the interview:

Please tell us more about your write-up: Teachings of Swami Vivekananda

It took me more than an hour to pen it down. The idea was to enlighten other young learners to ponder upon the teachings and lessons shared by our great philosophers, thinkers and freedom fighters. I believe that if we go back to our roots, we will learn about how to become a well-rounded individual and inculcate virtues such as patience, honesty, etc. The youth of today needs to inculcate the same, and this fast-moving world calls for it.

When was the first time you learnt about the teachings of Swami Vivekananda?

I have been an avid reader. During Covid-19, I had more time at hand to enrich my knowledge and understanding. So, I read a blog about Swami Vivekananda during those months for the first time and immediately felt inclined to learn more.

A saying of his that resonates with you?

“Arise awake and stop not until the goal is reached,” this slogan was popularised in the late 19th century by him. It was his message to the world to get out of their hypnotised state of mind. And, it is still relevant.

Any other Indian figures you closely follow?

Gaur Gopal Das, the Indian monk, lifestyle coach and motivational speaker. I feel that his sayings, views and opinions are inclusive of anxieties and issues that youth face today.

Your experience at Apeejay?

I have been a regular contributor at Newsroom, whether it is poems or writings. And when my first article was published, I was appreciated by the school Principal, Mr. Girish Kumar. Not only did he encourage me, he told me how proud he was about my achievement. I am happy that my ideas find space on the platform and that many people could connect with me.

Your career ambition?

I want to become an engineer. As of now, I have great interest in subjects like Science and Mathematics. 

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