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Does Youth Day make the cut?

Monday - January 14, 2019 8:35 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL

WTN- January 12 is celebrated as National Youth Day in India as it coincides with the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, the visionary Hindu seer and the most influential spiritual leader of modern India, who wanted the regeneration of the spirit of Hinduism for nation building.

But do the youth of today really take cues from the great life to guide their own lives? Does the message of Swami Vivekananda reach the multitudes in its true spirit and import? If we see around, the signs are not very encouraging. Most of the youngsters today have a very different lifestyle and attitude than what the Swami had envisaged and expounded for nation building.

For one, most youngsters today want to study in some foreign country and land a plump job to earn big, that too preferably in some foreign land. The concern for the nation is minimal because the best brains want to settle abroad and contribute there while greater money becomes the main motto. This is a kind of disservice to the nation. Though nothing legally wrong, it is morally not a very appreciable trend.

Our time, contribution and dedication to the country should come first, even if that means some compromise on the luxuries of life. Second, there is grave lack of spirituality and ethical learning in our youth, which has made then reckless and unconcerned about others, as self-centrism is on the rise.

This has created rifts in society and community issues have been superseded by personal acquisitions and aggrandizements that leave out a large section of the deprived from our sphere of concern. This way a country’s moral fabric gets corroded because only a certain class which has the resources reaps all the benefits of the facilities of life, while the other poorer classes miss them. This is also the root cause of dissentions, clashes and violence between the haves and have-nots that leads to class-struggle.

If Swami Vivekananda’s tenets of equality, unity, concern for humanity and sacrifice were followed, the world would be a different place. The Swami spoke of togetherness, where everyone ought to be helping his fellow countrymen as his own brother and sister for his/her moral and financial uplift. But this is far from the reality today where everyone is another’s sworn enemy as long as he/she doesn’t endorse his ideologies. We are growing more impatient and aggressive in asserting ourselves, without leaving space for the other to exert his rights. This is a narrow and unproductive approach that is only going to affect the integrity and diversity of the nation. In today’s era of globalisation it is all the more important to follow Vivekananda and stay together to save ourselves from the disintegration and alienation from the roots of our values and cultural traditions that is fast gripping our youth.

At the end of all this mad race for material success, lies despondency and meaninglessness that breeds depression. There is no stronger force in life than spiritualism and nothing can give a sense of pride, affiliation and fulfillment the way one’s own motherland does. It is time Swami Vivekananda got greater coverage in our school and college syllabuses to inspire youngsters to embrace the lofty ideals the great saint propagated.-Window To News

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