Sunday, January 29, 2023

12th January is National Youth Day
Viksit Yuva Viksit Bharat

Youths are the power house of any society. Young people can do many things either in a positive way or negative way. It depends on how young people are being mentored in their family or in academic institutions or in society. There is confusion amongst us when we use the word ‘youth’. Well, the definition of youth may vary from country to country. According to the United Nations youth means young people in between the age group of 15 to 24. According to the National Youth Policy (NYP), a young person up to the age of 29 is a youth in India.
The NYP 2021 draws a detailed roadmap towards the vision outlined for the youth in the coming decade and delineates the actions within each priority area. One of the important days for the young people of India is the celebration of the National Youth Day (NYD). NYD, also known as Vivekananda Jayanti, is celebrated on 12th January, being the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared this day as NYD and since 1985 the event has been celebrated in India every year. We should not be in confusion as 12th August is observed as the International Youth Day around the world. Swami Vivekananda’s teachings and quotes have always been a source of inspiration for the youth.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the National Youth Festival in Karnataka on January 12, 2023. This would be the 26th National Youth Festival of India.
The festival will be kicked off by PM Modi in Hubbali district of the Southern State. Apart from this, schools and colleges from across India conduct different competitions, conferences, seminars, etc .
Press Information Bureau’s press release dated 10th January reads, “The National Youth Festival is held every year to provide exposure to our talented youth at the national level, along with galvanising them towards nation building. It brings diverse cultures from all parts of the country on a common platform and unites the participants in the spirit of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat. This year, the Festival is being held in Hubballi-Dharwad in Karnataka from 12th to 16th of January, with the theme being “Viksit Yuva – Viksit Bharat”.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is organizing ‘Y Talks’ throughout the country for Y(Youth)-20 activities of G-20. The National Youth Festival will set pace for Y-20 engagement across the country by sensitizing the youth about the themes of Y-20. This year the NYF is being celebrated as Green Youth Festival where only re-usable cutlery, napkins etc are being used. All the mementos, medals, stationery are of reusable material. Water refilling stations are set up to reduce use of disposables.
This year’s theme ‘Viksit Yuva Viksit Bharat’ means developed youth means developed India and to make our youths developed we have to take up different activities on a regular basis . Indian youths can do wonder and lead the world in many aspects provided if they are mentored positively. Our youths are always pro active and they need proper mentoring and guidance at the right time. If the energy of youths are used for destructive activities then India cannot develop easily.
Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved when youth take part in different civic action programmes and volunteer activities apart from their studies and profession. Skill development is must for all youths of the country to make India a superpower in the years to come. Let us learn from the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and all others who have done many activities for the welfare of youths. Together we can make healthy and developed nations and let us take up the challenge to be a change maker and bring positive social transformation in the society. Let us not forget that youths are not ‘use less but they are used less’, so let us use youths in different activities to make a developed country.
(The writer is a recipient of National Youth Award in the year 2014 from Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India for his outstanding services to the community)
Ranjan K Baruah

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