There is no power like that of youth because it surges forward and it cannot be stopped
In words of novelist Henry James “Youth is the joy, the little bird that has broken out of the eggs and is eagerly waiting to spread out its wings in the open sky of freedom and hope.”
National Youth Day is celebrated in India every year on 12th January on the birthday of the great spiritual leader, Swami Vivekananda. His words and quotes are energising the life of thousands of youth in the country.
The reason for declaring Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as the youth day was due to the fact that he symbolised the youth of the country, and his inspired speeches and writings have been inspirational for many generations. He had a positive outlook and he believed that India needed to get rid of superstitious traditions and that should follow ideals of humanitarianism.
The Government of India in a communication explained the rationale of declaring Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day: “It was felt that the philosophy of Swami ji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth”.
Swami Vivekananda has been a role model or an icon for the youth of the country who seek wisdom and empowerment in his words. Even though he has been largely adored by the youth, he is much admired by men and women of all ages in the country and in the world.
Youth is the spring of Life. It is the age of discovery and dreams. The future of a nation lies in the hands of youth. The quality of its youth determines the kind of future the nation will have. Therefore, if we want to ensure a bright future for our country, we first need to strengthen and empower our youth. The youth of any nation and society are its potential energy. They are the powerhouse and storehouse of infinite hope and power. They are the pride of the nation. It is the youth which brings laurels to the country.
I believe that teenagers have the ability to inspire and improve the lives of others. When we debate on something, we are required to take into account all the aspects related to it. It’s true that power is a great force. With power in hand, you can change the country as well as the whole world. Humans are endowed with the unique powers of memory and empathy. This is why, only humans have the power to understand the passage of events and feel the needs and pain of others.
India has the largest youth population in the world today. The entire world is eyeing India as a source of technical manpower. They are looking to our youth as a source of talent. If Indian youth work closely with working class people, they can wield immense political power. Indian youth has the power to turn the country from a developing nation into a developed nation.
The best way to strengthen the youth is to provide them with an education. Not just any kind of education, but the right kind of education which makes them scientific, logical, open-minded, self-respecting, responsible, honest and patriotic. Without developing these virtues, the youth cannot walk the straight and difficult path into an enlightened future. Swami Vivekananda believed in a constant process of personal development, growing without knowledge seemed incomplete to him and it can only be attained by oneself. On this note he said. “You have to grow from the inside out. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” He constantly strived to show the youth the power of being an individual with a strong frame of mind, which is decisive and persuasive and focused, never letting go of one’s sight from the goal. His words bring solace and strength.
The wisdom that Vivekananda has left behind him can create a nation where the youth have the discretion and potential not only to guide their own path but also to build a country with power and high quality of living. He represented India for what it was and what it could be, by constantly stimulating the potential of the youth with the aim of creating a country which shines with the power of knowledge, wisdom and decisiveness, where every youth is an icon of virtue, sensibility and determination.
The power of youth can never be harnessed. It’s like a gushing stream or a mighty river which follows its course no matter how big the obstacles in its way. Energetic youth can do the greatest of things if used in the right way. Youth is the make-or-break period in a person’s life. A young person often faces pleasant or unpleasant situations, but he or she is gifted with the ability to change the unpleasant condition into pleasant, and learn from the unpleasant events.
Let us focus on constructively using the power of the youth for the betterment of the nation. Let us frame such policies which aim at empowering our youth so that we can be assured of a better and a brighter tomorrow. Just leaving you now with my favourite quote of Swami Vivekananda: “You have to grow from the inside out. none can teach you, none can make you spiritual. there is no other teacher but your own soul”.
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