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Essay, Paragraph or Speech on “Knowledge is Power” Complete Essay, Speech for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Knowledge is Power


“Desire for knowleage is the path of honour

Desire for wealth is the path at dishonour;

 Wealth is the chain that slaves wear, Knowleage that kingly crown:’

Knowledge is basically the accumulated body of facts, information and beliefs that are acquired through education and experience. It is the amassed thoughts and experiences of innumerable minds.

Knowledge is the divine inspiration of God. God created humans with equal brains, but it is the utilisation of brain which makes all the difference. Knowledge gives confidence to face this competitive world. It is the knowledge which makes all the difference between floating and sinking of a person’s fortunes in this competitive world. It is the quest for knowledge, to learn, to question which is the mother of all inventions and leads to scientific discoveries.

Today, the people who reach the zenith are no exceptions. It is only through their day-to-day knowledge acquired through perseverance which makes them exceptional and only these exceptional claim respect and status in society which is nothing but ‘power’.

A knowledgeable person can face the challenges in his life in a more tactful manner than a lay man. He applies his astute knowledge to solve his problems.

It has been seen from time immemorial that a knowledgeable person commands respect in the court of Akbar, Birbal acquired a supreme position because of his knowledge and intelligence. Even Chanakya was an excellent administrator and with his administrative knowledge as an astute politician, he was instrumental in overthrowing the rule of Nand Dynasty and installing Chandragupta Maurya as the ruler of the state. He also wrote a book named as Kautilya Shastra. Indeed, knowledge commands power, position and prestige.

Even today in such a materialistic world, where money holds a very important position, knowledge has even surpassed the crucial role of money. “The pen is mightier than the sword” holds good in this regard. That means ‘pen’ which is a symbol of knowledge, holds a more powerful position in comparison to a ‘sword’. Politicians hold IAS officers in good esteem as they are knowledgeable officers in all walks of life and as such politicians are highly dependent on these administrative officers in the discharge of day-to-day duties. Even politicians exercise great restraint in front of journalists, who have flair for writing. Ministers today cannot withstand the presence of journalists like Mr. Karan Thapar, the symbol of pen.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, father of India’s missile technology, has made India feel so proud and nuclear self-sufficient. This is all because of his knowledge. Dr. Hargobind Khorana was credited with deciphering genetic code, and it was a major landmark in the history of genetics. The knowledge in the field of computer has today revolutionised the entire world. It is the knowledge of Microsoft supreme Bill Gates, which has made him the most powerful, respectable and the richest person in the world.

Not only in the world of science, the worth and power of knowledge cannot be underestimated in any other sphere whether it is stock market or sports. Share markets provide an excellent opportunity for investors to make a quick buck, but here only a few investors who have proper knowledge of the game earn handsome profits whereas others with little knowledge are likely to lose. It has been established that investors who have good knowledge and information regarding the policies of the government, track record of the promoters, demand and supply of the commodities both in international and domestic markets are likely to reap good harvests.

In the modern world, computers play a significant role in the overall growth of economy. There the investors who have sufficient knowledge of application of computers and their future growth have earned huge dividends.

Even in sports, some sports personalities excel over others. Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Viswanathnan Anand, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Steffi Graf, to name a few, are world renowned players. They have achieved greater heights which their seniors, though having more experience of the game, could not. This is primarily due to greater interest, determination and intense knowledge of the game. A game is actually played in the field, knowledge has to be played in the mind also. Because only a correct strategy, well organised mind demarcates a winner from a loser. It is the devotion and deep knowledge of the game that has made Sachin Tendulkar come out with flying colours and led him to earn prestigious awards like Arujna Award, Padam Shri. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as also the best batsman in the world at a very young age and thus bringing glory to the game as well as to the country. Because of their knowledge and expertise, such players are ruling the world of sports.

The desire of knowledge increases ever with the acquisition of it. While the ordinary men have the thirst for wealth, the great men and saints have the thirst and desire to acquire knowledge. It was the spiritual knowledge of Gautam Buddha which led Ashoka to abjure the path of bloodshed and adopt non-violence or Ahimsa. Ramakrishnan Paramahansa and Vivekananda acquired knowledge through long hours of meditation and due to this people not only from entire India, but from many parts of the world, followed their teachings and worshipped them like gods.

Previously sources of knowledge were limited. They were just confined to few books, magazines, etc. But now they have increased manifold. As specialised newspapers such as the Economic Times, Financial Expresses, etc. are the richest sources of financial information. Mass media like T.V. telecast news almost throughout 24 hours and also lot of informative programmes are being telecast. Discovery channel on TV and Yuvavani programme on AIR are quite informative, seminars, symposiums and exhibitions are being organised from time to time. All this is done in order to acquaint general masses with the latest and advanced techniques. Technologies and information which is nothing but ‘knowledge through experience and exposure’ in today’s world of information technology, the Internet is one of the richest sources of information. Through this information technology we can acquire all information about every nook and corner of the world. Definitely all these factors claim that ‘Knowledge is Power’.

Where knowledge is an asset, little knowledge is always dangerous. Today it is the age of mastery and perfection. Though it is good to give diversified knowledge, but at the same time mastery or expertise in one field is a must. ‘Jack of all trades and master of none’ does not hold good. Because whereas knowledge has led to excavations and inventions little knowledge does not produce any positive results for the society.

It has rightly been said ‘knowledge is power’, but knowledge itself unless wisely directed, might merely make bad men more ‘dangerous’.

Knowledge is something which a thief cannot steal. rather it enhances by sharing with others. ‘The more you give, the more you get’. A knowledgeable teacher earns respect from students. But I do not appreciate selling or commercialisation of knowledge. Today many teachers have made teaching a business rather than making it a worship of Goddess Saraswati.

`Knowledge is the foundation and source of good writing. That writer contributes the most, who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time’.

Change is the law of nature in this world, nothing is stable, so is the case with money. Money is no men’s property. It keeps changing hands. But knowledge is still there to rescue a person.

That is why it is rightly said : ‘Learn something, for when luck is suddenly gone, knowledge remains, and never leaves men alone’


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