ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUTH IN BUILDING MODERN INDIA
The most vital and memorable part of a person’s life is the “Youth Era”. Most of the great achievements accomplished by the “Numero Uno” Indians were when they were ‘Young’ only. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru were all only 23 yrs old, when they kissed the rope to which they were going to be hanged; Gautama Buddha, was merely 28 yrs old when he attained enlightenment at BodhGayya; Narendranath Dutta(Swami Vivekananda), also indeed was a youngster when he began to know the pro’s and con’s of this mortal world. The pace of thoughts in the mind, the race between the ideas to do the assigned work in the most legible manner, managing the ubiquitous day-to-day activities and relations, without getting nervous or tensed, are the gifts of the Youth only. Neither children nor the aged have such a vast amount of patience in dealing the things in a proper manner. Young people are vested with a good amount of creativity, using which they may either turn their society, thereby their Nation into a Heaven to dwell-in, or they may even be the cause for its downfall. Hence it is quite clear that the people, who possess the power to change the Fate of a Nation, are none but the “Youth” only.
Sage Valmiki said so…..
One of the greatest Indian sages, Sage Valmiki had mentioned in one of his writings, “Raghuvamsham”, as to how Lord Rama and His ancestors were, in their young age: “Shaishavey abhyastha vidyanam, yauvaney
Which means, Lord Rama and his ancestors had learnt every aspect of education when they were children, and when they became young, they understood every aspect of leading a prosperous, respectable, and a happy life; in affection and love with the family and, in co-operation and coordination with the rest of the society. In one way, sage Valmiki gave the youngsters of the forthcoming generations, the inspirational directions, to make their life more meaningful. So the youth should be well educated when in childhood and they should be well-versed with the constantly changing society so that, they can prove their worth for their Motherland.
Swami Vivekananda’s version of Youngsters….
Young Narendranath had observed for himself that the Youth of his age had a totally different psychology altogether. Neither of them had the thoughts which Naren had in his mind. His encounter with Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had fanned the fire and had broughtabout a revolutionary renovation in his life, which converted Narendranath into Swami Vivekananda and in-turn, into a real, bold patriot who never ever feared taking India’s name with pride, even before the Whites.
An instance for this may be his speech, which he delivered at Chicago, at the World Conference of Religions. There at the Conference, Swami Vivekananda spoke in an enchanting manner, about the rich and varied; political, cultural and secularistic heritage of India. It was the first and foremost time for the world that the residents of Chicago were addressed by someone as, “Brothers and Sisters of America” and not as “Ladies and Gentlemen”, and this someone, who made his mark in such a way, was none other than Swami Vivekananda.
Strength and weakness…
Swami Vivekananda often said, “Strength is Life, weakness in Death”. He said so because he believed that strength is felicity, life eternal and immortal. On the other hand, weakness is constant strain and Misery, and to be more precise, weakness is as good as Death. This was his message to the Youth, to always possess a considerable amount of Strength in them and more importantly, to confide in it. But it occurs with regression that most of the youth take it for Physical strength and make themselves physically strong and don’t bother about their mental strength, which later plays a substancial role in their failure in tackling the problems of their life. Hitherto, the strength described by Swami Vivekananda was inclusive of both physical as well as mental strengths because, their combination makes a person eveready, to face any sort of problems they encounter in his/her life. Hence, his version of youth should be sound, both physically and mentally.
Swami Vivekananda used to stress on a point which is, “Be fearless”. He had a strong reason behind it. He used to believe that once fear has taken its place in mind, then even a well-versed person may be considered as sheer nobody. Fear may be of many types. It may be either the fear of interacting with people, or fear of facing some negative situatons, or the fear of taking a wrong step ahead in some arbitrary venture, and so on. He further says that Fearlessness is a virtuous quality which should be possessed by every youth because, once out of fear, a very marvelous work may be accomplished by the youth. In fact, he himself set an outstanding example of being fearless. At the peak heights of the great Himalayas, where even animals have themselves donned in heavy Fur, Swami Vivekananda slept on the finger-biting Icy land, with a bare back. Generally sleeping on the ice, is an out-of-thought idea for conventional people, but Swami Vivekananda showed his version of fearlessness by sleeping on the icy-land, that too with a bare back. Sleeping in such a way, poses threat to life, but swami Vivekananda had challenged this threat too and it had to retreat, because it didn’t have any other option. Indirectly, his message to the Youth is that, when life itself can be staked to death and be won back with a good amount of confidence, then why to fear to anything else in this world? So, according to him, youth should treasure the quality of Fearlessness in order to make their mark in the society. He advises the Youth to say to themselves, the statement, “I have no fear” and to say aloud to the rest, “Have no fear”. He said so because at least to say to themselves, the above statements, they should lose that unnecessary point of Fear. Swami Vivekananda emphasized that only fearless and daring Youth can change the fate of our motherland. Once when addressing a gathering of young people, he called out to the youngsters in the following manner:
“Saahasahethulaina yuvakulu veyi mandi nadumu biginchi
munduku randi…gaadha nidralo munigi unna Maatrudeshaanni melukolpudamu…”
This meant that, the youngsters who have vested with them, a considerable amount of dare and fearlessness, may please come forward with full vigor, so that we all can let our Motherland be awakened with a flash of enlightenment! Now this call of Swami Vivekananda made waves and tides amongst the youngsters and they all began to learn and most importantly, understand the lifestyle of being Fearless.
Youth should be neither Theists nor Atheists….
Swami Vivekananda often says, youth should neither be theists nor atheists. The underlying meaning of his words is that, the youth should believe in God, but they should also believe that the God is resident in the people and so, serving people is as good as serving God Himself. For this, he used to say,
“God is present in every Jiva. There’s no other God besides that. He who serves people, serves God indeed”
His words are not out of some fascination, but they are out of sheer experience. Generally, it so happens that whenever a highly reputed person is expected to enter an adjoining city, he is provided with a lot of support and protection, but for the conventional public, no such thing is made for them to avail. They have to traverse from one place to the other, in personal vigil. Any harm to the people done in such a process, leads to their frustration, which ends up in their curses to the authorities. Curses, in a way, make life miserable to live-in.
Swami Vivekananda advises the youth to serve the people because, when the needy are served, involuntarily they give the real blessings which are essential to wipe away the previously committed sins or sinful acts. In fact, Blessings are what we expect to be on us, for our safe and sound continuation of life on this Earth.
It’s our turn now…..
In the past, many seers, visionaries and socialists had strived a lot for a corruption-free nation, but now, its our turn, to convert our Motherland into a real Heaven to dwell-in. Many do have this thought in their minds but the only question which acts as a hindrance is, “How will you do it??” Well, the answer is, better not to waste time discussing as to what, where, when and How; just take a step forward, and the next one follows in no time.
It’s a general yet a powerful statement in Hindi which goes like,
“Koi bhi desh perfect nahi hota, usey perfect banana padta hain”
This means, no any nation in this world is originally perfect. The constituent people, thereby the constituent governments have to work hand-in-hand to propel the nation towards prosperity. It may be termed as National Renaissance. Renaissance means re-birth i.e. we have to build a new India in such a way that the world should treat this new form of India as the birth of a new Democratic country, which completely defines as to what exactly Democracy means. There arises a question here, “What is the need of Youth in reforming the Nation?”
The answer is, it’s only the Youth, which has the substance to make the nation move towards prosperity that too at a commendable pace. The Youth is so strong and deterministic that any decision which is to be implemented for the national progress, is implemented on a war-footing basis. The reformation in the nation may be broughtabout by the Youth, in the following probable ways:
Stopping the Brain-Drain….
The major drawback which is affecting the social and economical progress of our nation is the “Brain-Drain”. Young talent, in the search of a better financial strength, is draining away into the foreign territories which is making India sans all the assets of knowledge and wisdom. The benefitted clan, are the hosts of the foreign land and the ones losing in a big way are the indigenous talents, as they are not only exploited at work, but also their knowledge is all sucked into the foreign countries’ progress. This type of atrocity committed on them should be realized and the timely decision should be taken by them. There’s a Sanskrit sloka which may be brought in, in this aspect.
“shakatam panchahastena, dashahastena vaajinam… hastinam shatahastena, deshatyaagena durjanam…”
Which literally means that, a distance of 5 feet should be maintained from a dog and a distance 10 feet should be maintained from a horse, a distance of 100 feet should be maintained from an Elephant and the Nation itself should be abandoned where there are people committing atrocities. The above sloka plays an important role in the lives of the young people moving towards the nations abroad. They should realize that the nations to which they have come in search of a better livelihood, are exploiting them for their own benefit. Subsequently, they should return to their
country realizing that its their Motherland and not the foreign land, which requires their dire presence.
Join Politics and cleanse it….
Its quite true that the Indian politics has got rotten with the wicked politicians taking advantage of the public’s belief on them and their atrocities on the public have got worsened. Many people can see this with their naked eyes, but there must be someone who throws a big challenge on the faces of these cunning politicians and make them feel that their fox-plans to amass the public’s wealth will be failed for sure. This someone, is none other than the Youth. The youth is the only force which can put an end to these politicians’ injustice. It is so because Young people can easily understand and feel the pains and problems of a common man. Also, they have the dare to challenge the challenges to their lives and come-out of the treacheries successfully. It’s Of course a backdrop that the Youth is facing the problem of “Haste”, but this problem may be nullified by the proper and stable understanding of the situations and conditions prevalent around them. Politics is not a simple phenomenon to facilitate every individual to join it. It’s a huge pool of scorpion-like persons who always sting others and stay un-noticed. So in order to jump into this pool and cleanse it, only those people are eligible who are; daring enough to challenge their lives, wise enough to think in a much sharper manner than their counter-parts, honest enough to reach the hearts of people, diplomatic enough to tackle every situation with calmness, and strong enough; both physically and mentally, to save themselves from the hazards impinged upon them. When all the above conditions are met by any One, then that person is eligible to join the politics.
The former Leaders have always been promising many things to the public during the time of elections, but as soon as they gain power and begin to reign a state, they forget all the promises they made to the people and they become selfish and look for their own benefits and profits in every prospect they undertake. They discriminate people based on caste, creed, race, religion, region, etc; and support only those, who, they think can help them in maintaining their firm hold on the Politics. If any person puts a petition with the leader regarding the anomalies in either in his locality or town, he is sent back almost hopeless, as the words said by the leader to him are just, “I’ll look into this matter soon!” and that fine day never arrives. The badly affected ones are the woman clan. Women and their values are those, whom the Government has to safe-guard with utmost care and responsibility, but due to the control of the govt. given into the hands of a few power hungry politicians, these values and morals are not being taken care of and as a result, many women are made victims of “Domestic Violence”. So, it is imperative on the part of the young leaders that they should not favour the things which are used as a witch’s wand by the former leaders. Instead, they should keep-up with the promises they make to the public, treat every person equally irrespective of the Caste, creed, etc; they should ensure that the rights and values of the women are safe-guarded by the govt. and the problems brought to surface by them are attended-to at regular intervals, and consequently try to prove that, we have rightly called our mother-land India as a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic, and Republic in the Preamble of our Constitution. It’s a fact that till now no any youth could enter the politics independently and individually, but we can at least expect only such Youth to enter politics, who can not only rule the public, but also can up-keep the name of Democracy in India, which is titled, “The Largest Democratic
country in the World!”. One of the poems of the great Sri Sri may be taken as an inspiration by the Youth so as to increase the level of their personal morals :
nenu…smaristey padyam, aristey vaadyam…anala vedika mundu asranaivedyam… lokaalu, bhavabhooti slokaalu, parameshti chaampeya jookaalu maala, naa mahodrekaalu…naa naa oola ooha
anargalam, anitharasaadhyam naa maargam…”
This poem reflects the type of strong emotions which the youth should have in themselves so as to tackle every problem in their way, with utmost fearlessness.
Come…lets join hands together and make the Difference….
One individual alone cannot accomplish the task of National Renaissance. It should be achieved with the mutual co-operation and co-ordination from the much important, “Janata Janardan” ie; the public as they are the ones who can not only make a nation but also break a nation, and also because of the reason that they are the only ones who make a normal person living amongst them, to be their leader, expecting that he will lead them towards a better standard of life. So now it becomes the prime duty of the Youth to take care of the values and morals of the public
after they come into power. As we know the saying, “Better late than never!” at least now we should begin to reform our Indian society so that we can make the entire world take India’s name with pride and say, “Yes! India is truly the world’s largest Democracy”.