अभी तो जाग रहे हैं चराग़ राहों के,
अभी है दूर सहर थोड़ी दूर साथ चलो!
For me, this sher sums up the purpose, mission, and vision of the CADET program. It was 9 am and we all were ready to proceed with the 2-day training schedule in Junagadh, Gujarat. I was a part of the group of trainers who were ‘walking the talk’ for the first time. I would be lying if I say I wasn’t nervous. The trainers were paired up, batches of cadets were divided & assigned to us. Now here’s the big thing, these 30-40 cadets we were going to train, were our responsibility: Responsibility of training 40 young minds and direct them to a path of better learning, ideas, and visions. As easy as it looks, the opportunity is equally challenging & significant.
It all began from knowing the names of cadets & ended with knowing their endless views, beliefs, objectives, imagination, creativity, opinions, reasons, conclusions and new visions. Amidst the beginning & the closure, were endless moments of learning, fun, awareness, understanding, soul searching, and growth. What bridged the gap between the start & the end, the cadets and the trainers, the ignorance and the awareness, was the CADET program. At 7 pm on the second day, bidding a farewell to all the cadets and leaving the training ground of NCC Camp at Junagadh left me with some real motivation, learning, and inspiration.
If asked, I would sum up the CADET program, the experience & opportunity it holds for all in one sher…
जहाँ रहेगा वहीं रौशनी लुटाएगा,
किसी चराग़ का अपना मकाँ नहीं होता!
NCC Republic Day Camp, 2018