Let’s make a plain conversation.Â YouthÂ -Â What defines this word? Is it the age limit? Is it the physical personalityÂ and abilityÂ of an individual or is it one’s mental status of thinking? You will ultimately have to agree that there is no sharp definition of this termÂ except inÂ census.
Now let’s come to another point,Â Youth has supposedly the onusÂ of taking over the country in near future, as per the so-calledÂ Netas and other older & wiser heads (wonder how many actually are!). TheyÂ (Youth) areÂ depicted,Â expectedÂ and assumedÂ to be a dynamic power or energy rather, which has immense potential to take the countryÂ beyondÂ boundaries.Â Point accepted!Â TheÂ Youth is as described aforesaid. And therefore to meet the above demandsÂ they have become various expert professionals in vivid fields of development. Moreover to bring into effect social causesÂ they have also come up against issuesÂ likeÂ femaleÂ foeticide, environment, dearth of medical services, standing against reservation or corruption and endless many. But ever bothered that despite several peopleÂ strivingÂ at various places in the country, why are we not turning up with the expected results?Â Why is the system not showing any signs ofÂ better management, unbiased, quick or any speck of being corruption free? This is not only because the efforts are also dissolved with some concealed corrupt and catalytic poisons. There is a big reason that hides itself in layers of ignorance. This isÂ Lack of complete knowledge.Â Of course this is not the sole reason, but an important one.
This is very simple to understand.Â Let us take an example.Â Potholes – One of the biggest enemies to the Indian commuters troublingÂ themÂ all overÂ country with bumpy rides.Â But when the road was being constructed how many of us bothered to read the sign boardÂ that gave complete details ofÂ the money sanctionedÂ by the GovernmentÂ and howÂ itÂ has beenÂ variously used for the different aspects ofÂ theÂ construction?Â Ideally we are supposed to keep an eye on it and make sure the quality is just alright and make a complaint if it is not.Â It seldom happens.Â I agree, you don’t have time and no one pays heed to the complaintÂ there in the concerned department,Â but hereÂ the internet can becomeÂ anÂ best option. Sit at home,Â write E-mails, and if no heeds call in the media which is now a mail/ sms/ callÂ away. Want to stay anonymous? Please do. But at least write them! It’s your right. But how do we know what is our right, because we never wanted to study the so called boringÂ Civics which was prescribed from class 6th to 9th (nearly).Â Now you probably get it. A strong cause ought to have a strong reason, a reason that comes from complete information.
Anti-corruption, quickness, managed & unbiased services and better managed Government is not a service, but it is your right. Know your right. ReadÂ and discussÂ as much as you can before starting a campaign, protest or evoking a complaint.Â Try and know everything. To help you out, it is mandatory for every institute, institution, and other functional Government body to have a ‘Right to information’ tag on their websites. Do log on to all those bodies and institute that relate to you or where you study or work, and have a complete detail of the funds allotted, its reallocation for various purpose and other essential activities going on in there.
We often complain the media is also not fair. How will itÂ be? Let us demand the truth and the mediaÂ will at once come out of the political pressure. The very apt example can beÂ theÂ GovernmentÂ leaving no stone unturned to saveÂ one of its eminent leaders name from being demoralised, despite the fact he knew aboutÂ Mr.Â AndersonÂ (one of the prime suspects of theÂ awfulÂ Bhopal Gas tragedy)Â fleeingÂ out ofÂ the country. Just once ifÂ the leaderÂ faces this allegation, all theÂ Chowks, airports, bhawans, schemes, highways will also bear a scarÂ on them. How canÂ GovernmentÂ letÂ this happen?Â Can you see the chain of corruption from a former politician’s goodwill to a party’s ego to pressurised media to affected peopleÂ of theÂ tragedy?
Challenging the system not only requires physicalÂ manpower, but also the wit of information. The blend of which will define the actualÂ Youth, as we had discussed in firstÂ paragraph. TheÂ Youth that is expected is this one.Â YOU! So let’s stay informed and make India a better place to live…
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