On a day that CBSE Class 10 board exam results are to come out, Amitabh Bachchan has delivered a deeply meaningful message about the importance of education, and especially, about being able to read.
He describes it thusly:
"Not being able to read is a human poverty. Not being able to read is an inhuman poverty. Not being able to read deprives the human of the right to live in our collectivity. Not being able to read is a loss of freedom !
That a third of our population is deprived of this freedom, deprives us all of our freedom !!"
He goes on to write more about it on his blog, revealing that he had been invited to a convocation ceremony of an education institute:
A good education is the most valuable thing that a human being can possess. It is our greatest wealth, individually and collectively. In the world beyond these walls, fortune comes and goes, money comes and goes, but a good education can never be taken away once it has been possessed.
Academic achievement is not enough. The kind of knowledge gained through a good education is more than just the acquisition of information.
Knowledge is learning what to do with all that information..
That is the role of good character. And learning what to do with knowledge is the path to wisdom.
Knowledge is most valuable when it is shared. To all of my fellow students out there, may we take heed every day of our wealth: hunger for it, strive for it, nurture it, but above all, share in it, for then it multiplies manifold. We share it through reading,surfing, listening, talking, debating, exploring with each other about what is good and bad in what we do, say and believe.