Naturally new ideas are to be evolved by the younger generation. If the older one is stubborn andsticks to the old guns a clash is always there. The older people are at the end of the tunnel of life.Thy just do not want to disturb their way of life, while the younger ones have to preparethemselves for the future compulsions and obligations.Youth is the age of innovation. A young man has a craze to change the world. Take this wind of change out of the youth and the world would stand still.All young saints from Shankaracharya to Vivekanand and Dayanand in India had to face theonslaught of the older scholars of their age. Byron, Shelley and Keats, the Romantic trio who leftthis world before celebrating their 36th, 30th and 26th birthday met the greatest criticism andanger from the older critics of their days.Youth is ambitious and is inspired by new concepts of morality, new customs and newphilosophy of life. The old are a part of the establishment for whom it becomes difficult to comeout of the shell of conservatism.For the older generation in India dowry, caste restrictions, suppression of girls, institution of bribery and allied corruption, self conceitedness, showing off in marriages, hypocrisy are sodeeply embedded in the domestic, social and national life that the slightest effort of the youngergeneration to break the shackles is vehemently opposed.The youth too is in no mood to accept certain permanent values of morality, celibacy, chastity,balance, moderation and self-control. Lessons can be learnt by both from the exasperatingchanges in the West
by the old to allow gradual healthy transformation in all spheres
by theyoung not to take so much of liberty as to destroy their own culture by the over permissivenessfrom which the European youth is tracing its steps back.Let generation gap lead to progress not to clash and explosion. Let the old retrospect and seetheir own differences with the generation preceded by them. Let the young gain from the healthyexperience of the old to establish healthy traditions.