TEDxDharamshala Blog

TEDxDharamshala aims at inspiring the community to step forward and take action.
Through ideas, we facilitate a conversation between thinkers, doers, change makers.
As a result, we open up avenues for dialogue to expose the local community to future possibilities
of growth in the fields of art, science, technology, business, etc.

 

 

Deb Jarrett

We are less than a month away from the conference that we all have been waiting for since June. So, we believe that it is high time that the TEDxDharamshala community is introduced to the inspiring personalities that would grace our stage on the 12th of November. In a series of blogs starting from this one, we’ll be dedicating one post to each of our speakers. Stay tuned as we take you through the astounding lives of the speakers of TEDxDharamshala 2017.

 

We all want to leave a mark on this world. While some do so by helping themselves, others reach out to those around them and change their lives. So, even though many of us dream and aspire to become Shah Rukh Khan or Madhuri Dixit when we grow up, the latter kind of people are the true heroes of this world. You won’t find these people on the cover of every magazine. But if you try and look for them, every town will have at least one human leaving an indelible mark on humanity.

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Sarika Singh

We are less than a month away from the conference that we all have been waiting for since June. So, we believe that it is high time that the TEDxDharamshala community is introduced to the inspiring personalities that would grace our stage on the 12th of November. In a series of blogs starting from this one, we’ll be dedicating one post to each of our speakers. Stay tuned as we take you through the astounding lives of the speakers of TEDxDharamshala 2017.

 

The importance of an idea through its visualization goes back to the days of the early man. When the Homo sapien didn’t know how to put his thoughts to words, he drew. Over time, art has evolved as an expression of a higher understanding requiring a discipline of its own to fully appreciate the depth of a vision. Artists over the course of time have shaped societies with their art. So fundamental is an artist’s work in our lives that you won’t find a single household without some form of a painting hanging on the walls, whether it’s a replica or paintings of deities.

 

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TEDxDharamshala Adventure: The Journey of a Beverage

One of the things that make TEDxDharamshala a conference to look forward to is the very city that we host this event in. The beauty of Dharamshala cannot be defined in words, no matter how eloquent you are in the art of writing. It’s an experience that one has to have to understand the emotions that cannot be conveyed otherwise. But the essence of Dharamshala lies as much in the culture of the people who live here, as it does in the geographic magnificence. So, when you visit Dharamshala for the most-awaited event of the year we want you to leave with a lot more than just the main conference. With that aim, we would like to introduce you to the TEDx Adventure that we have planned for our attendees.

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Tenzin Dhardon Sharling

We are less than a month away from the conference that we all have been waiting for since June. So, we believe that it is high time that the TEDxDharamshala community is introduced to the inspiring personalities that would grace our stage on the 12th of November. In a series of blogs starting from this one, we’ll be dedicating one post to each of our speakers. Stay tuned as we take you through the astounding lives of the speakers of TEDxDharamshala 2017.

 

The future lies in the hands of those who will follow. No matter how hard your struggle, how sweet the victory or how unifying the revolution had been, its fate will always depend on the next generation. The generation that has only heard of what you have done and not felt it. The generation that will reap what you have sowed. Thus, for any

nation, it is important that its youth is better than those who came before them, especially for a people in crisis. So, when the successors of a legacy of struggle are like Tenzin Dhardon Sharling, hope lives on.

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Priyanka Khurana Goyal

We are less than a month away from the conference that we all have been waiting for since June. So, we believe that it is high time that the TEDxDharamshala community is introduced to the inspiring personalities that would grace our stage on the 12th of November. In a series of blogs starting from this one, we’ll be dedicating one post to each of our speakers. Stay tuned as we take you through the astounding lives of the speakers of TEDxDharamshala 2017.

 

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Your Pass to Possibilities

The TEDxDharamshala community has been growing since June of 2017. As the day of the final event is approaching, we know you are just as excited as we are to listen to the wonderful speakers we have lined. But it’s not just about the speeches. We have a lot more exciting stuff and activities for our attendees to have an experience of a lifetime. But wait! Before we delve deeper into all that awaits at the TEDxDharamshala experience, here’s a look at all the passes.

In this blog, we’ll mention all that TEDxDharamshala is offering its attendees and what pass gives you access to which activity. To begin with, we have the following broad categories of passes:

  1. Student Pass: ₹ 1000 (attendees registering under this category need to provide a valid school/college ID)
  2. Standard Pass: ₹ 2000
  3. Executive Pass: ₹ 3000

 

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Brave Enough to Die

 

Oft time when trying to assess our courage, one wonders, am I brave enough to die? We hear stories of those who gave their lives for what they believed in. Be these myths or real-life incident, we glorify embracing death as the testament of courage. What we often forget is that more than dying, it is important to live for a cause worth dying for. Even the chicken that gets picked from a lot, saves the lives of all the others over whom he was chosen. But the fate of all those he had saved remains the same.

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The God(less) People: Death, Riots and Religion

If we look at the origin of every major religion, a common theme one finds is the desire to unite people. Unite them against the atrocities being faced by them, through love and peace. We take pride in associating with the religion we follow, for the divine principles that it teaches us. Religion covers up for the human emotions that education isn’t able to impart. While we might follow different religions and have different beliefs, one thing that is common amongst us all is the respect for life and an aim to create a peaceful world. So, where were these qualities that form the foundation stone of every religion when mobs of angry devotees lashed out across the nation, when the head of the spiritual group Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was convicted of rape and sexual exploitation of two of his disciples?

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Where the Mind is Still in Fear

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high”

The vision of a free India, a better India, drove the pioneers of our freedom struggle to leave no stone unturned in an attempt to see their dream fulfilled. The world was wrought in chaos when India came up with an idea that no one had ever tried successfully before: Non-violence. Our ancestors did all they could, went far and wide, to ensure us the free world that we live in today. On our 70th Independence Day, when most of those who fought for the world that we live in today is gone, it won’t do good to count what all is still wrong with our society.

It doesn’t do justice to those who liberated this country if we look at all the physical factors troubling this nation. The problem runs deeper. The problem lies in the fact that the generation of today knows not what the price of freedom is. While we are free under the law, our society still remains a slave to its thoughts.

The Chaos that Plagues Us

The problem is not with the external factors controlled by the economy or government policies. The issue lies with our understanding of this nation. To begin with, there is the casteism that breaks us up into unrelated sections rather than a united India. 70 years since that glorious victory over foreign suppression and yet we fail to see each other as brothers and sisters. It matters not what we make kids chant as a pledge in school assemblies every day. The ground reality is that we are divided mentally. We hear a name and we put characteristics on it. We accept or reject people based on an identity that they have no control over. You can find unity in Indians who are living abroad. For it is when they leave their homeland, do they understand its true value.

We have once again become a society divided into many factions despite having united for a common cause once. The 70 years since 1947 have taken a toll on our memories. But this is not all. For not only are we divided as people, we are divided as individuals as well. For a land that gave birth to philosophies like “Satyameva Jayate,” we are now in a very sorry state. The values of peace, harmony, and compassion, that have filled our history, now stand in an endangered situation. Greed has taken over our hearts. Evil rules our hearts and minds.

Going Back to Move Forward

Our history is tainted by its fair share of cruelty as well, but there also lies the bravery of those who chose to stand up to these things. The freedom struggle is only one example of that will to shape a better future for this great nation. Visionaries like Raja Ram Mohan Roy ended age old vicious practices that threatened the very existence of this society. When we look at all these tales of bravery and revolution, one common theme to be found is the inability for any new idea to stay in place unless it was successfully established in the minds of the masses. For Mahatma Gandhi, it was instilling unity. For King Ashoka, it was a respect for life and compassion. The list goes on but the fact remains that change needs to be brought from the inside.

No account of a change forced upon people by laws that lived on till date can be found anywhere. India is the birthplace of many religions that are known for their peaceful and benevolent teachings. Our folklore, no matter which region it comes from, talks about values important to the sustenance of humanity. May be rather than looking for answers in the history of foreign lands, what we need is a deep study of our own culture.

Building a Better Future

The future of a society lies in the hands of its youth, is what most people agree to. However, this completely disregards the importance of all the other age groups that shape this world every day. The youth is important in terms of taking things forward but those who teach them are even more essential to this process. What this country needs, more than anything else, is rational thinking. This coupled with morality in character can lead us into a future where we rise as a super power, not in terms of financial figures but as an enlightened society.

What is also important is that we stay true to our identity. The identity of an Indian, for a nation that strays away from itself, is sure to fall. While imbibing the virtues of foreign cultures in today’s globalized world is essential to our survival, this makes protecting our own beliefs even more necessary. Only when we open our minds and hearts can we be led to the world,

“Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

 

Are you cut-out to be a SPEAKER at TEDxDharamshala? Tips for submitting a strong nomination.

TEDxDharamshala is a platform for change.

A change that can be brought through a creative and confident display of ‘ideas worth spreading’. Dharamshala has been an abode to countless inspirational figures who work towards the progress of the global community.

Keeping that in mind, we would like YOU to nominate speakers and performers who possess the same passion and desire to do something good for the world. These nominations can be of any age and from any walk of life and should carry with them an idea which inspires others to do more.

Here are a few guidelines to help you select your nomination(s):-

We need speaker/performers who believe in ‘Inspiring Possibilities’ in others. In simpler words, they must possess a strong and original idea. Not having spoken on any TED or TEDx stage earlier is a plus.

 

 

Make sure that their idea is backed by solid facts and properly constructed. No Pseudo science, please.

 

 

Your nominee(s) should be confident and smooth in their vocabulary. Ask yourself the following: “Is he/she the right person to display this idea?” or “Will he/she be able to bring out the full meaning and intent of their presentation?”

 

 

The scope of the idea being presented can be local or can be targetted towards a certain geography or section of the society, but, it should be open enough to be extrapolated to a global scale. If it relates directly to Dharamshala, then that is always a plus.

 

 

Nominate those who drive themselves for the betterment of society by sharing their ideas and not selling their product. Please don’t nominate people who intend on promoting a product or themselves. TEDxDharamshala or any other TEDx stage is not a place for advertisement or endorsement.

You can submit your nominations here.
We understand the time and effort that goes into your submissions, and for that, we are ever-grateful.

We look forward to unveiling the list of speakers soon. Till then, visit our website and follow us on Facebook(@TEDxDharamshala) to get regular updates.

Ciao!