Shetty’s first peace club’s in Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology in Bangalore has got appreciation both from the students and teachers. Dr N R Shetty, director of NMIT, believes that peace clubs will improve the quality of students’ lives. “It develops positive energy among students when they get to see others willing to support them in case of necessity. It can bring about an attitudinal change. Students who undergo tension, peer pressure, exam phobia can get away from such negative vibes and be confident through the help of such groups. I can see positive change in our institution. I appreciate Anil Shetty for introducing us to what was required,” he adds. There are more than 3.7 lakh followers for this club on Facebook.
Anil’s team is trying to create a mascat for peace like a superman or Spiderman. “We would create an animated character and a website. If someone wants to send a sorry mail to his/her friend, the animated character of peace will carry your message through mail on behalf of the user. The website is under construction,” adds Anil.
Besides, he is also mulling starting a Peace Cafe where peacekeepers can work as volunteers. “It won’t be like any other restaurant. Here people must come to share their happiness. They also work as volunteers in the shop and share their life experiences and record their messages for peace,” says Arnold Davis, a model, who is working with Anil.
He was born in the tiny hamlet of Shankara Narayana near Udupi in coastal Karnataka and studied in Kannada medium schools throughout. “It was when I was 20 that I actually learnt to speak in English,” says Anil who is also a motivational speaker. At 19, he dropped out of his engineering studies to start out on his own.
Getting young people interested in the political process is another passion. He’s now started the White Rose campaign to encourage youngsters to vote in elections. “If you want a peaceful nation, you need to vote and elect the genuine candidate. We are reaching out to college students across Bangalore. If they are first time voters, we will take a pledge from them they will vote in the upcoming elections in Karnataka. After they sign the pledge, we will give them White roses. By this we can create awareness among at least one lakh new voters. It can be replicated nationwide,” he adds.
GOOD CHEER : Anil hopes his efforts will reduce the negativity in the world and make young people happy