For most Vidya Bharati alumni, nationalism is a part and parcel of their personality. Due to the substantial stress laid on the importance of serving one’s country by all Vidya Bharti schools as an important element of overall development of the students, it is of no surprise that a majority of alumni are associated with activities related to nation building.
Shri Ashish Kumar Gupta, a resident of Forbesganj, Bihar is one such alumni, who is a nationalist at heart and spends most of his spare time working for the same. He shared his thoughts via an interview, which has been given below.
Interviewer: Ashish ji please tell us something about your academic and professional background
Mr Gupta: I am an alumnus of Sri Rani Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Forbesganj, where I had studied till class 10. After completion of my schooling, I did graduation in Political Science. Just after graduation, I started my own business in my hometown, dealing with crockery, household utensils and home appliances.
Interviewer: Are you associated with any kind of social work?
Mr Gupta: From a very young age, during my school days, I was taught about the responsibilities that every Indian citizen has towards his nation. Thus when I grew up I joined the ‘Sangh’ and presently I hold the post of ‘nagar karyawah’ in my area.
As a member of the ‘Sangh’ I have been associated with several social developments projects aimed towards betterment of our area. Recently during Covid 19 pandemic lockdown, we distributed grocery, food and other essential goods to the people in need. I have been associated with the organisation since 2014.
Interviewer: Can you share some details about your family?
Mr Gupta: My family are all residents of Forbesganj and we are a business family. Both my father and elder brother have their own businesses related to ready-made garments. My mother is a homemaker.
Interviewer: Tell us something about your experiences of your childhood school.
Mr Gupta: It is difficult to list all the experiences that I had during my school days, but what I feel has affected me positively the most are the ‘Sanskars’ and the love for my country that I have received from my teachers. Also a great deal of importance is given to sports and extracurricular activities aimed at all round development of the students. I myself was a Kabbadi player at my school, a sport that I enjoyed immensely. I have a very good relation with my school authorities and visit my school and teachers often.
Interviewer: Would you like to share any message with Vidya Bharati students?
Mr Gupta: I would like to urge all students to remember and practice all ‘Sanskars’ that they have learnt at their school. Also look up to your teachers as your idols and follow the path shown by them in life.
Vidya Bharati thanks Shri Ashish Kumar Gupta for sharing his thoughts and experiences with the community.
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