The youth is the spring of the human life. The sky is the limit for the energy and enthusiasm of the youth. This is the time when everything becomes possible. Their dreams and ambitions rise to the infinity. At this age, a person gets wings of the birds and the power of wild cats. Truly quoted by Henry Wadsworth that “How beautiful is youth! How bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of beginnings, Story without end, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!”
According to the UN, the age of the youth is considered from 15 to 24 years. The world has more than a billion populations in this age group. Most of the youth live in developing countries. In India, approximately 41% of the total population consists of the youth, which is the world’s largest. The youth is the future of any nation.
In the age of Information, the human lifestyle is changed. The youth is playing a vital role in this fast developing world. In every field, the frontrunner is the youth. These days, the youth is focused on an aim, which differs from person to person. Majority of the youth want to achieve the greatest height in their field, for a comfortable and luxurious life. High packages and lucrative offers are placing the youth. Founder of Success Magazine, O. S. Marden has mentioned that, “Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him…”
It is highly appreciable that private concerns are offering high salaries and perks to deserving candidates. But one field is still waiting for the positive harvesting of youth energy – Politics. Every youth, at least in India, came across actively in the political scene once in their lives, right from college elections or local elections. Despite all these, a major portion of the youth retracts themselves from active politics at a higher level. What’s the reason? US Ex-President, Ronald Reagan, said for American Youth that, “We need you, we need your youth, your strength, and your idealism, to help us make right what is wrong.”
History reveals that throughout world, there are many examples of the revolution initiated by the youth. The Youth movement of the 1960’s in the US, 1980’s of China and the Struggle for Freedom in India in the 1900’s. All these movements aimed at inducing change; political and social.
India has produced many youth leaders, which has had great impact on the world. Swami Vivekanand, a youth icon, was a well known social reformist. Shaheed Bhagat Singh, a role model of the extreme energetic youth, who’s Inqlaab shook the British rule in India. It is unfortunate that the political set up of the land, which produced many youth leaders, is becoming old. More than 200 parties are registered in India, but there are only countable youth leaders.
It is not the case of India, but all over the world. It is a great tragedy that the youth is considered as the age of ‘josh’ (energy), but not the ‘hosh’ (conscious). I experienced several times the elderly people saying that when you get the hosh than take the charge. It is true that for the father, his child will remain a child even when he turns fifty. Let the youth be tested, that’s what Bernard Shaw stated; “It is all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date”.
The result of the elections of the superpower nation has proved that the josh of the youth could supersede the hosh of the elders. Even the elderly population is realizing that it is time to give the command in the hands of the youth. Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) is one such start in India from the youngsters. Benjamin Disraeli correctly stated that “The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity”
The time of change has begun. We should get up; prepare ourselves for the change at every front. Remember the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “We must become the change we want to see in the world”.
After the independence, there was a gap in Indian Politics. Most of the leaders forgot to share their political experiences with the youngsters, and Indian Politics were deprived of the youth leaders. Now, the gap should be ousted with the entry of the youth of this modern information age.
Let the thought of bad politics; be overthrown by the young ones. Instead of simply giving comments on the politics, the youth should be actively come ahead in the politics, if they really want a change. Youth should try to think towards their nation also.
The youth will face many challenges by the old system. But success for change will come only when the youth will show determination dedication and devotion. Develop the 3D nature and see the change. Remember the youth icons and learn from their struggle for change than get up. Change needs courage, energy and determination, and the youth is the symbol of these.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Satya Prakash Mehra