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Berkeley student Angad Singh Padda’s graduation speech touches hearts (video)

A young Sikh student of UC Berkeley, Angad Singh Padda, delivered a stirring graduation speech laying career goals for his entire class.  Hailing from Chandigarh, 23-year old Angad Singh makes a dramatic beginning, using the rhythmic beats of the tabala to remind his classmates about their own heartbeats when they got the information that they were accepted at UC Berkeley.  Suggesting he needs help from the audience in his speech, he asks them to close their eyes, and think of the issue they consider the bi

A young Sikh student of UC Berkeley, Angad Singh Padda, delivered a stirring graduation speech laying career goals for his entire class.

Hailing from Chandigarh, 23-year old Angad Singh makes a dramatic beginning, using the rhythmic beats of the tabala to remind his classmates about their own heartbeats when they got the information that they were accepted at UC Berkeley.

Suggesting he needs help from the audience in his speech, he asks them to close their eyes, and think of the issue they consider the biggest problem in the world.

Now that they are graduating, it was up to them to work on that problem to reduce it and make the world a better place.

Saying we are united in grief since be it people ill-treated because of their different religions or starvation in Venezuela or the war impact in Syria, they were all problems that all of us collectively need to solve, he implores his audience to join hands in unifying the world.

For those who might suggest that this is an Utopian dream, he provides the example of Shani Shingnapur, a village in Maharashtra, India, where the houses did not have doors because people lived in harmony.

Now that they were graduating, he says all of them would work to ensure prosperity for all human beings rather than only their own selves.

Noting real dreams are those which did not allow us to sleep, he invokes Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream’ to encourage everyone to work towards building a world without walls, where society matters, and there is no ‘I’, but ‘we’.

He ends his speech by saying the legacy of their class would be that they not only made good business, but they engaged in the business of good.

Angad singh Padda describes himself as an ambitious 23-year old who acts like a 5-year old, and has 56 different coloured turbans.”

Going by the numerous awards he has been bestowed with and teacher recommendations, he comes across as a star-student and an asset to the world community.

He loves golf, excels at it and can proficiently speak Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit and English.

He ultimately dreams of getting back to Punjab, set up an University and do his bit to the society, especially to rid it of the plaguing drug menace especially among the younger people.

Video: Berkeley student Angad Singh Padda’s graduation speech

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