Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Essay on Youth Power in India for Students

Essay on Youth Power in India for Students

Essay on Youth Power in India for Students
India's population is 121 crores and out of it 40% are young men and women in the age group of 15 and 30. They form a huge reservoir of energy and cream of the country. Wisdom and discretion are not the monopoly of the elders alone.

The young men and women are also intelligent and wise and much of a nation’s progress and future depend upon them. According to Samuel Johnson, "Young men more virtue than old men; they have more generous sentiments in every respect." And in the words of Lord Byron:

The days of our youth are the days of our glory; and the myrtle and ivy of sweet two and twenty Are worth all our laurels, though ever so plenty.

Young people are full of abundant energy, courage, spirit for adventure imagination, hope and ambition. These can be very well used in the constructive and developmental activities of country. These should not be allowed either to go waste or used for destructive purposes.

The young men and women of India should be fully involved in creative work of nation-building and reconstruction. Younger generation, which is more generous, flexible, sensitive and dynamic, can do wonders if properly guided and motivated. It is with the help of the young men and women of China that Mao Tsetung, the chairman of the People's Republic of China (1949-59) and of the Chinese Communist Party affected the great Cultural Revolution which transformed the whole look of china into one of the great and powers of the world.

Mao was well aware of the great power exuberance, spontaneity, plasticity, ebullience and unlimited energy to act found in the youth and used these to a great advantage for himself and China. Besides China, there are many other countries like France, Indonesia etc. where the youth has helped in changing the course of the history in more than one’s ways.

It is easy to blame the youth of India for impatience, indiscipline, and irrelevance for the elders, authority and social customs. They are, also charged with laziness, recklessness, addiction to drugs and such other mal-practices. But all these reflect one sidedness and lack of proper understanding on the part of the elders and grown-ups. No doubt the youth of modern India has its own limitations, problems etc. but these can be removed or decreased to a great extent by sympathy, understanding and appreciation of the young generation. If the youth of India have any short comings and faults, the elder people are to blame because the former mirror the latter.

Proper orientation and positive steps are the need of the hour to engage the youth of country in the nation building activities. Their zeal, enthusiasm and energy need to be channelized in the developmental activities and social reconstruction. The Indian youth, full of inexhaustible power is always eager to do something positive, constructive and appreciable for the society and nation.

In order to harness the youth-power of the country a National Youth Policy has been framed to instill in the youth a deep awareness of national ideals of secularism, non-violence, integration and our ancient historical and cultural heritage. It also aims at developing in the youth qualities of discipline, self-reliance, leadership, justice, fair play, sporting spirit, and scientific temper so as to enable those combat superstitions, obscurantism and other numerous social ills and evils.

With the above objectives in view adventure institutions, cultural centers, Yuvak Kendras, sports centers etc. have been established at various important cities and towns of the country. For example, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, New Delhi and National Adventure Foundation are two important institutions, for promotion of adventure.

These provide training facilities and financial assistance for undertaking mountaineering, hiking, trekking, expeditions, explorations, cycle tours etc. to promote a feeling of oneness and unity. The young men and women of India exchange visits from one part of the country to the others. It helps them familiarize with different environments, lifestyles and social customs.

Then there is the National Service Scheme, (NCC). Its main objective is to involve the college and +2 level, students on a voluntary and selective basis in the program of social service and national development. Started in 1969, now it is being implemented in all the states and union territories and covers over 5,000 colleges.

Under this scheme rural and slum reconstruction, repair of roads and school-buildings, village ponds, tanks, tree plantation, conservation of environment, health and family welfare, adult and women education etc. are undertaken. NCC students also help local authorities in implementing various relief and rehabilitation programs. At times of natural calamities like floods, droughts, famines and earthquakes NCC students and volunteers play a very important positive and constructive role.

There are special schemes for the tribal youth to give them vocational training and to update their skills to help them in self-employment. There are youth hostels strewn all over the country to promote travel among young men and women by providing cheaper accommodation when on educational tours and excursions to historical and cultural places.

And the Nehru Yovak Kendras, about 446 in number and spread all over the country, serve non-students and rural youth to improve their personality and employment capability. Under the international scouting and guiding movement the Bharat Scouts and Guides and All India Boys Scouts Association are inculcating in the Indian youth a spirit of loyalty, patriotism and thoughtfulness for others.

But still more and vigorous efforts are needed to solve the problems of the youth. They are a frustrated lot for want of proper employment opportunities. Our education system does not take note of their requirements and so fails to prepare them well for red- Taoism, nepotism, cast considerations and favoritism add further to their problems and frustration. For want of proper leadership and ideals they suffer from lack of direction, purpose and decisiveness.

The task of tackling these and other problems of the youth is difficult, enormous and challenging but not impossible. It is the duty of the government, voluntary agencies, corporate world and the society to see that the youth-power is properly harnessed, that the young men and women are properly educated and trained and subsequently satisfactorily employed. The advanced and developed countries are so because they have had been investing heavily for the last many decades in the schemes and programs related to the training, education, orientation and welfare of their youth.

With the passage of time the number of young people in India is likely to increase and so it becomes imperative that more effective ways and means are found to use their vast energy in economical reconstruction and social regeneration activities. Perhaps, one of the best ways can be the greater involvement of in welfare schemes, community programs and nation building activities so as to generate in them a sense of purpose, pride, self-confidence and relevance.

It is only by such means and efforts that the young people in India can be given the much needed self-confidence and a sense of fulfillment and belonging. They can be inspired to work in the slums, villages and hamlets in their spare time. They can be urged to adopt families, villages or clusters of houses to improve sanitation, education, social awareness, economic condition and skills of the people residing in them. 

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