The youth of youngisthan celebrates 'National Youth Day'

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I called up a friend to wish him on his birthday. The conversation digressed enough to talk about today's youth. He joked, "Today's youth is really going crazy, there was a dude in the temple lighting his cigar from 'Aarti' offered by the priest. Looking at that, I dropped my beer bottle!" Thank god that's just a joke! Such an insane behavior is not tolerated in a country which celebrates National Youth Day!

If you are not aware, Every year since 1984, January 12th is celebrated as National Youth Day in India. "Because, on this day in the year 1863, was born the great philosopher, an inspiration to the youth, the embodiment of Indian culture and intelligence Swamy Vivekananda", whose very name brings lightening spirit in the hearts of many. On declaring Jan 12th as youth day, Government of India felt that, "the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth."

If that inspiration lasts perpetually, the immortal soul of Swamy Vivekananda will remain in peace for ever. That inspiration alone determine the direction of "New India". Because it's quite obvious from the fact that over 50% of Indian population is younger than 25 years [youthportal].

"Is our burgeoning youth a bane or boon? In the early 1980s China was in a position that India finds itself today. And China’s current economic boom is said to be the direct consequence of the large proportion of youth in its population. According to some estimates the current proportion of population under 25 years in India is 51% and the proportion under 35 is about 66%. This predominance of youth in the population is expected to last until 2050. While the average age of an Indian in 2020 is expected to be 29 years, the average age for China is expected to be 37. With 'proper' education, job openings and healthcare, our youth are sure to tip the economy in the right direction [youthportal]."

It's important to pay plenty of attention to the word 'proper' in the above quoted text. The demographic dividend can easily become demographic disaster if we do not pay 'proper' attention to those sectors, namely, education, employment, healthcare, infrastructure building. Swamy Vivekananda has rightly said, "So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them." If we think that holds true even today, then we are responsible, directly or indirectly, for the millions who are living in hunger and ignorance. The responsibility of arising, awaking to 'change the lives around' is left to us. Whatever we do may be insignificant, but it's important that we do it!


TW said...

nice one, manju.
need of the hour.
keep posting.

Anonymous said...

Its a pity that the spirit of the nation is wasted on the youth..

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