National Youth Day is celebrated across India every year on 12th January since 1985. The day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. His ideals, philosophies, writings and lectures have been a great source of inspiration for the youth of the country. This day encourages the energy of the youth for making a better future for themselves and the country.
50% of India’s population is below the age of 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35. As per the latest UN report, India has 356 million people between the ages of 10-24 year-olds. The country also has the world’s largest youth population despite having a smaller population than China which is advantageous as the country is entering the demographic dividend phase (20-30 yrs) while China is exiting it.
Across the country this day is celebrated in schools, colleges and other institutions by various activities that enlighten the youth about the ideas of Swami Vivekananda.
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success” – Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda through his teachings have been encouraging youth to volunteer for social good, visit places of epidemic outbreak, meet people in distress and solve their concerns by working towards betterment of the society at large. He always believed that the future of this great nation lies on the hands of the youth. He has inspired many leaders of today in their childhood. His teachings reached far corners of the globe and every year many visit Belur Math to pay tribute to the great orator, the great poet, the singer, the social reformer, the great patriot, and above all, the great spiritual leader of the world. Once, Bill Gates visited Kolkata and was questioned by journalists regarding his visit. He replied “I have come to pay respects to the birthplace of Swami Vivekananda. Swami Vivekananda is an inspiration in my life! Not only that, every day when I go to bed at night, I read 2-3 pages of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda!” Even Gandhi once said that he loved his country but after reading The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda his patriotism increased thousandfold. Similarly, his teachings can inspire millions of Indian youth.
Today’s youth need to start feeling confident and strongly hold onto their ideas and belief. Underestimating one’s capacity generally leads to a waste of opportunities. Governments and private organizations should work towards motivating the youth. The work can start off with a reformation of the education system, promotion of entrepreneurship, skill development initiatives and building infrastructure for overall human development at large. Fiinovation agrees with Swami Vivekananda’s sayings that youth must stand with truth, even if the world stands against, but truth must prevail.
Indian youth today needs to have a vision to think global and act local. Fiinovation believes that Indians should learn and adopt the good practices. India owes it to the youth of today who will build tomorrow’s India. Let’s all work together to awake them, unite them and inspire them.
By Rahul Choudhury
Media Team – Fiinovation