By Atul Shiva
Vision 2020 can be better described as vision 20/20. That is the perfect vision in American style and this 20/20 vision can be achieved only by young generation of India. It is well known that India is home to a significant proportion of the youth of the world today. All the imperialists of the world are eyeing India as a source of technical manpower. They are looking at our boys and girls as a source of talents at low costs for their future super profits. If the Indian youth make up their mind and work in close unity with working class people, they can foil the plans of Imperialism and Bourgeoisie. The plunder of India can be ended with political power in their hands. The workers, peasants, women and youth will ensure that there is work for all. They will ensure that what is produces is geared towards providing adequacy for all members of society.
Unfortunately no one is bothered to dream any such vision. Martin Luther has said “I have a Dream” and the dream has come largely true. If he had not thought of that dream he would have accomplished nothing in his life. To climb high one has to think of climbing the Everest. One may not go higher than 10,000 feet but even that will not be attained if you have no better dreams of going up to the top floor of your office in a life.
In recent years the world has come to look at India with renewed respect, recognizing a strong and prosperous global power in the world. It is also a future when the fabled richness of India’s art, culture, and intellectual explorations and spirituals pursuits will begin to show its full radiance bringing much success to the troubled spirit of Modern India.
Is it a dream? Yes. Is it an impossible dream? No, it’s not. This can be done by the youth of Indians. The youth is the spring of Life. It is the age of discovery and dreams. When they dream they dream not only for the good future of themselves but also for the good future for nation and entire humanity. Their dreams take them to stars and galaxies to the far corners of the unknown and some of them like our own Kalpana Chawla pursue their dream, till they realize it and die for it in process.
If any section of the society in any country is most important for change, again it is the young people. Patriotism comes naturally to young people,
but they also respond early to the call of Internationalism. The hopes of the youth are:
1. A world free of poverty, unemployment, inequality and exploitation of man by man.
2. A world free of discrimination on the grounds of race, color, language and gender.
3. A world full of creative challenges and opportunities to conquer them.
But these are not just the empty hopes. Modern science and technology and increasing vistas of socio economic cooperation among nations have brought these hopes out in the reach of realization. In recent times terrorism has emerged as one of the gravest threat to peace and democratic policy. The youth are drawn between acts of terrorism. In some cases it is not the terrorism, but a freedom struggle. This is how our neighbors are trying to justify its policy of cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The youth organizations should carry out an awareness campaign to expose justification or condoning of terrorism anywhere and under whatever pretext.
Role of Youth:
A. The youth can play a vital role in the implementation of elimination of terrorism. If the energy, intelligence and resources of youth are fully and properly utilized the country will prosper.
B. The youth will have to compete with sporting spirit. Just look at the spirit of internationalism that today prevails in the cricketing world. With the start of any cricket tournament, no matters which team wins, Cricket wins, youthfulness will win. The spirit of oneness will win.
C. The youth would need to Aspire for entrepreneurship rather than conventional employment.
D. The hopes of young people can be fulfilled only in conditions of peace, only in a civilized and cooperative world order.
E. Young people are full of vibrant ideas. When properly motivated and sufficiently guided, they want in their life.
F. Young people have energy to try out things and the patience to learn from mistakes. Giving them opportunities to plan, to decide and to work prepares them to face harsher realities in life.
G. Young participation is important because the youth are the country’s power. The youth recognize problems and can solve them. The youth are strong forces in social movements. They educate children about their rights. They help other young people attain a higher level of Intellectual ability and to become qualified adults.
What should be the vision of the young generation for India 2020? Vision 2020 says that:
1. Instead of brain drain, we can be the magnets for bright minds world over.
2. Our judicial system could be a model for fairness, promptness and incorruptibility.
3. Our legislatures could be an acme of integrity, farsightedness and purposefulness.
4. Our habitats could be clean with abundant municipal services.
5. Our youth can be the Olympic champions.
6. We can have 100 percent literacy.
7. The per capita income can go up in geometric proportions.
8. We can have full employment.
9. We can earn the reputation of being the most transparent and honest nation.
10. We could be the most competitive nation.
India can become a developed nation only if everyone contributes to the best of his or her capacity and ability. The youth are wholly experimental and with the full utilization of the talents of the youth, India will become a complete nation. Let us hope for the same.
“Youth is like a fire
It crept forward.
A Spark at first
Growing into a flame
The brightening into a Blaze.”
Atul Shiva is a lecturer in commerce in Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, Ludhiana. His areas of interest are accounting, finance, economics, and management.