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Chief Guest for the function of Scouts and Guides on 23/08/2012

The youth of the country will be the architects of the future of India. As the next generation, they will be shouldering the responsibility of creating a more dynamic society, a stronger nation and a better world. To become good citizens, you would have to acquire good education, deep understanding of issues and inculcate good values. This will promote the growth of the country. Moreover, you must strive for excellence. Have pride in whatever task you are doing. Gandhiji once said, "No matter how insignificant the thing you have to do, do it as well as you can; give it as much of your care and attention as you would give to the thing you regard as most important. For, it will be by those small things that you shall be judged". There is sometimes a feeling that we would be evaluated and remembered for our big achievements and our day-to-day activities are unimportant. This is entirely wrong. Every step, however small, leads to the next. It is in this way that we go forward.

If every day you do something to increase your knowledge, to learn a good habit and indeed, do a good deed, you would have taken one step forward towards a better future. But remember, life is full of varied experiences - joy during happy events, pride in having achieved a target or a sense of disappointment when results fall short of expectations. There will also be challenging moments. There will be times when victory will be elusive. Lack of success does not mean that we give up. It only means that we have to work harder, and that we have to persevere till our objective is achieved. The worldwide movement of Scouts and Guides has laid valuable foundations of commitment towards service to society in young boys and girls. The movement founded by Lord Baden Powell in 1907 as a movement of selflessness, compassion and spirit of service to society. There was no better place to start one's life with mission as that of Scouts and Guides.

Whatever young scouts and guides learn as part of the movement would prove very useful throughout their lives, the governor said they would eventually be in a position to appreciate the need of the people and society.

I hope that young members of Bharat Scouts and Guides Goa State would not only take the movement forward but also rise up to the expectations of the people of Goa as well as of the country. I would be delighted to hear about the feats and good deeds of young Goan boys and girls. He expressed pride that Scouts and Guides Movement in the state's was performing well and growing from strength to strength.

This is a "worldwide education movement", as it trained students in various ways through the practice of service to God and service to the country; to inculcate good habits so as to produce good citizens; learn the art of respecting others and their fundamental values etc.