Posted By Goonjan Mall,
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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And this month's star is ..
Krishna Vavilala ('56 EEE)
Mr. Krishna Vavilala, has worked tirelessly towards spreading Indian culture in the United States since he first came here. He has also been active on the political front. In 1996, he introduced a motion in the Texas State Democratic Party Convention urging for US support to India over China. Mr. Vavilala has also published numerous letters in the national mainstream press such as the Houston Chronicle on a wide variety of subjects ranging from Indo-American relations to Taliban’s tagging of Hindus in Afghanistan.
- What motivated you to jump into community service and politics?
I guess, my motivation is to obtain personal satisfaction of seeing some good happen to the community around you. Although I had interfaced with politicians, I myself have never been a politician or entered any political arena. To me politics without principles are a big no no.
- Tell us something about your early days in community service.
Actually, my early days in community service began in New York as the President of the Telugu Literary and Cultural Association of New York, a non-profit organization that raised money for the Cyclone victims of Andhra Pradesh, India. Since then, my community involvement continued from New York to Houston, Texas.
- You love Indian culture. What is your advice to youngsters in India to adopt and promote India’s culture and heritage?
Be proud of your ancient heritage which is more than 5000 years old that has survived the onslaught of various foreign invaders. Whereas several other ancient civilizations have died out, Indian civilization and culture are still alive today. My advice to youngsters is to stay engaged with older generations in order to ensure passage of Indian culture to next generations.
- What do you think is your biggest achievement in life?
My biggest achievement in life so far is the installation of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Herman Park, Houston, in 2004 since it was the first of its kind in Texas. It was very gratifying for me to see my idea transformed into reality with tremendous support from the Houston community.
- It has been 36 long years in the US. Any plans of returning back home?
I have been visiting India at least once every two years. My family has settled in America, so there is no question of returning to India on a permanent basis.
- If you were given three wishes what would they be?
First wish will be for improvement of the living standards of the poor people in India. Second wish will be for total eradication of corruption in India. I took part in the recent NRI support to Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption. Third and most important wish will be for total elimination of caste system in India which has been a hindrance for India’s National Integration.
|Book||Mahatma Gandhi’s Auto-biography: "The Story of My Experiments with Truth”|
|Movie||Any movie with a social message|
|TV Series||I do not watch TV serials, a waste of time|
|Actor/Actress||Amitabh Bachhan (Bollywood) and John Wayne (Hollywood)|
|Sports||Basket ball and Tennis|
|Holidays||Diwali and Christmas|
|Bunking ||I do not know what this means.|
|Event||BITS College Anniversary day|
|Hangout||At Shiv Ganga and Madan and Gupta shops (in my days) in Connaught place,Pilani|
|Professor||Late Principal Dr. Lakshmi Narayan who was a look alike to the late Bollywood villain star K.N.Singh but was extremely kind hearted to students especially in the exam time|
|Food||Masala Dosa and Samosas|
Spoken like a true BITSian
- Unforgettable experience.
Punishment of 3 rounds double up around the college building for not wearing the right (Gray) uniform.
- One thing that you will always miss about BITS.
Peacocks dancing in front of my room in Shankar Bhavan.
- Define BITSian years in one word.
Discipline (in my days).
- Where do you see BITS after 10 years?
In Tier-one along with IITs and MIT.
- Message to BITSians on campuses.
Work hard and play right.
- Message to all BITSians.
Commitment is the key word. Everything else is an excuse.
Krishna Vavilala; Politics; Community Service;