Mumbai: On Monday evening Shiv Sena Yuva leader Aditya Thackeray held an interactive session at National Sports Complex of India, Mumbai. The session was called “Aditya Sanvad” which is a platform that seeks to establish a two-way communication between Aditya and the youth of Maharashtra.
The session was held in Mumbai for the first time, before which similar sessions were held in Kolhapur and Nashik earlier this month. This initiative is a brainchild of Aditya himself, whose aim is better understanding of the hopes and aspirations of the youth of Maharashtra through direct engagements with them.
Priyanka Chaturvedi, the latest member of the Shiv Sena, was on the stage to moderate the session with Aditya. The crowd mainly comprised of students who submitted their questions to Aditya by writing them on a cheat of paper along with their names. He would pick up the papers, and answer them individually by calling out their names.
Most of the questions were to seek career advice and motivation from the youth leader, to which he cheerfully cited that “A career is not defined by marks and degrees but the choices made by individuals. Our nation has an archaic education infrastructure and we are working towards making it contemporary, where students can choose what they want to study, that too from an early stage,” he assured.
Deepak Deshmukh a student of Navi Mumbai asked what’s the difference between Shiv Sena and the other political parties, Aditya diligently answered, “I am trying to create a political system which will be more engaging and answerable to the youth. The best thing about the present generation is that they are not afraid to question a set notion. This is something I want to use ahead for the betterment of the society”.
Amidst all the questions one thing he reiterated was that student must know their democratic rights and should vote for the upcoming elections. “My main initiative behind the session is to tell all of you, that you must go out and vote. Especially the first time voters” he stated.
When asked about whether it is safe for the democracy of the nation to have political leaders standing for elections with criminal records, being a student of law he explained that “political crime” and “hard crime” are two different perceptions, the former one is a common mark on almost every political workers record while anyone with the latter part must not be allowed to participate in electoral process.
He also stated that as a democracy it’s the sole responsibility of the judiciary to explain the citizens the difference between these two. Indian Idol fame Rahul Vaidya performed prior to Aditya’s session. The next interactive session will take place at Pune on April 24.