IXL 2015 was flagged off by West Bengal Governor Mr Keshari Nath Tripathi in Kolkata on September 27. Present on the occasion were a number of senior IAS officers, industry honchos and author Amit Chaudhuri.
Here’s the gist of the Governor’s speech:
It’s a moment of happiness for me to announce the launch of Indian Crossword League, a unique event which is catching the attention of bright Indians across the world.
Solving crosswords is an ideal pastime which combines learning with fun. It leads to sharpening of analytical skills and enhancement of vocabulary which are crucial for shaping one’s career in life. It leads to a sense of personal achievement and thus builds self-confidence.
Indian Crossword League started as centenary celebration of the first published crossword which appeared in New York World on December 21, 1913. The initiative was also a tribute to its creator Arthur Wynne. Two years down the line, it has become one of the most sought after events in the country, witnessing participation of people from diverse walks of life.
I congratulate Extra-C for recognising the benefits of crosswords and taking the initiative to launch this contest. By doing so, the organisers have provided a platform to inculcate a sense of competition in a pursuit which hitherto has been in individual domain.
They are also at the forefront of promoting this beautiful mind game among school students through A Clue-A-Day contest and CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest. While the online format of the first has provided daily mental succour to a huge number of school students, the latter has taken the game to far corners of the country. They have created awareness among students, teachers and parents about the benefits of starting early on way to honing extra-curricular talent. An educational system without extra-curricular activities remains short of being holistic. I wish Extra-C success in all their endeavours.
As Chief Patron of the events, Mr Vivek Kumar Singh has gone beyond his call of duty to render an exemplary service to society. A special word of praise goes out for him.
I also congratulate the dignitaries and other members of the audience to have taken time off their busy schedules to lend support to this mind-enriching event.