NIP THE EVIL IN THE BUD

The vision of a nation lies in the hands of youth as they are filled with tremendous towering ambitions. It will be a great wastage of human resources if these youth are not provided an opportunity to exercise their talent. India is lucky in terms of having the greatest youth force in the world and there should be no doubt about it that given the proper guidance, direction and opportunities, the Indian youth shall lead the nation towards achieving the highest place in the world order. However, there are increasing instances about some youth indulging in anti national activities at the behest of the nation’s enemies beyond its borders. Initially such derailed youth take the shelter of umbrella of right to freedom of speech and expression and ultimately after getting lured by terror outfits they work 24X7 challenging the very integrity of the nation. With India already involved in overt as well as covert fight against the terrorists especially in J&K, today there is a dire need to address this issue at the very outset before the same impacts other youth too thus not only ruining their own future but posing greater threat to the nation’s integrity and security. Though the primary role of young people is to receive good education in order to become better citizens of tomorrow yet the process and moulding is complex one involving multiple factors especially for a nation like India which is known for diversities of all sorts including the economic disparities. With a significant young population of over six hundred million people in our country being below the age of 25 years, the way we nurture our youth into confident, capable and committed citizens will determine our country’s future. The key to prepare youth for nation building is through investment for educating them, insharpening their mental faculties, technical skills, professional competence, and awareness about their social responsibilities. It is a fact that the youth have to shoulder the responsibility of nation-building and that can be achieved through the medium of education and training alone. For this our education system needs to gear up to develop our youth by teaching them to control their lives, which can be done through character-building, healthcare, and sharpening the ability to learn and use experience for attainment of goals. It must teach them to understand life through study of history, science, religion and philosophy and it must also teach them to enjoy their lives through friendships and relationships, observance of nature, and study of art and literature. Last but not the least is the dire need to stress upon providing value-based education to the youth by inculcating in them the spirit of democratic behaviour which calls for an appreciation of the rich diversity of our nation, assimilation of ideas, and accommodation for divergent or contrarian views. Although the present government at the centre is quite seized of the serious situation and has initiated various programmes to ensure that the youth of this nation becomes self reliant and productive for the country but the recent incidents of indulgence of youth in unwanted activities in temples of education and outside there is a need to deal sternly with those indulging in such activities failing which the efforts initiated for the youth will not deliver desired results and instead it will endanger the security and integrity of the nation. After all it is better to Nip the Evil in the Bud!