TOWARDS INTERGENERATIONAL SOLIDARITY

Editorial GREATER JAMMU

The ‘International Youth Day’ which is being celebrated across the globe today has great significance for India as the nation possesses the major youth force of the world. Since the ‘International Youth Day’ is a moment to recognize and celebrate the promise and power of young people to change their communities, their countries, and the world it is high time for the India’s youth force to bring great leadership and resilience which can be best ensured by every youth endeavouring to spread the acquired knowledge and literature to society, to build good characters and true citizens of the nation. It is a fact that vision of a nation lies in the hands of youth as they are filled with tremendous and towering ambitions and can do wonders for the family, society and the nation. Therefore the theme of International Youth Day 2021 has been quite aptly chosen as “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”, with the aim to amplify the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the SDGs and leave no one behind. The 2022 International Youth Day will also raise awareness on certain barriers to intergenerational solidarity, notably ageism, which impacts young and old persons, while having detrimental effects on society as a whole. This theme builds on the momentum from two side events organized by UNDESA and partners earlier this year on ageism in health and employment and ageism in politics on the margins of the 60th Commission for Social Development and the 11th edition of the ECOSOC Youth Forum, respectively. This theme seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of people of all ages at the local, national and global levels can be made to realize that transformation of the systems can be achieved through innovation by the youth for optimum human and planetary health, prosperity and happiness. The first initiative in this direction has to begin at the local level followed by national level that will ultimately lead to achieving the global target. At the very local level it needs to be realized that though the primary role of young people is to get 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. 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. Last but not the least there is a dire need to effectively focus on 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 the nation, assimilation of ideas, and accommodation for divergent or contrarian views. The best way to move ahead in this direction is that both the youth as well as the other components of the society ensure perfect coordination and synchronization which will result in intergenerational solidarity augmenting the efforts towards moulding the youth into model citizens of future. Let every individual irrespective of the age realize the social responsibility and become proactive partner in the desired metamorphosis of the society through the medium of youth power by fully integrating with them. Only then we can fulfil the dream of India having model citizenry where every person feels to be a part of the nation’s narrative and create the best environment for the people of all ages in consonance with this year’s theme i.e. “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages”.