VISION 2020 - ROLE OF YOUTH IN BUILDING STRONG INDIA
2020 can be better described as Vision 20/20 (perfect vision
in American style).
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 the source of technical manpower.
They are looking at our girls and boys as the source of
talents at low cost for their future super-profits. If
Indian youth make up their mind, and work in close unity
with the working class, they can foil the plans of
imperialism and the bourgeoisie. The plunder of India can be
ended. With political power in their hands, the workers,
peasants, women and youth will be able to ensure that there
is work for all. They will ensure that what is produced is
geared towards providing adequately for all members of
too is a realisable vision.
first disastrous vision will materialise if we let matters
second can be realised only if
We dare to have such a vision and
Strive for it.
Unfortunately, no one -- intellectuals, engineers, bureaucrats
or politicians -- is bothered to dream any such vision.
Martin Luther King said, ``I have a dream'', and the dream
came largely true. If he had not thought of that dream, he
would have accomplished nothing. To climb high, one has to
dream 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 dream than going up to the top floor of your
office in a lift. Prosperity does not come when you wait
passively for something to happen, but when you strive
actively to make good things happen.
mission is: In transforming India into a developed nation by
2020, what can be the role of every citizen in addition to
the governmental initiatives of launching programmes for the
vision of a developed India. This
type of dynamic environment with motivation will indeed be a
great foundation for our vision of transforming India into a
'developed' nation by 2020.
recent years, the world has come to look at India with
renewed respect, recognizing a strong and prosperous global
power in the making It
is also a future when the fabled richness of India’s
culture, arts, intellectual exploration, and spiritual
pursuit will begin to show its full radiance, bringing much
succor to the troubled spirit of the modern man.
this a dream? Yes. Is it an impossible dream? No, it is not.
This can be done by the youth of India.
is the spring of life. It is the age of discovery and
they dream, they dream not only for a good future for
themselves, but also a good future for their Nation and the
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 realise it and
even die for it in the process.
If any section of society, in any country, is most impatient
for change, it is the youth. Patriotism
comes naturally to young people. But they also easily
respond to the call of internationalism.
free of poverty, unemployment, inequality and exploitation
of man by man.
world free of discrimination on the grounds of race, colour,
language and gender.
world full of creative challenges and opportunities to
are not empty hopes. Modern science and technology, and the
increasing vistas of socio-economic cooperation among
nations, have brought these hopes within the reach of
recent times, terrorism has emerged as one of the gravest
threats to peace and a democratic policy.
are drawn between different acts of terrorism. In some
cases, it is not really terrorism, but a freedom struggle.
This is how our neighbour has been trying to justify its
policy of cross-border terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir. Youth
organisations should carry out an awareness campaign to
expose justification or condoning of terrorism anywhere and
under whatever pretext.
youth can play a vital role in the implementation of the
elimination of terrorism.
If the energy, intelligence and resources of the
youth of the country are properly utilised, the country will
they are misused, the country will go to dogs.
have to compete, they like doing so with a sporting spirit.
Just look at the spirit of internationalism that today
pervades the cricketing world, with the start of the World
Cup Tournament in South Africa. No matter which team wins,
cricket will win. Youthfulness will win. The spirit of
oneness will win.
youth would need to aspire for entrepreneurship rather than
hopes of the young people can be fulfilled only in
conditions of peace, only in a civilised and cooperative
people are full of vibrant ideas.
When properly motivated and sufficiently guided, they
know what they want in life.
people have the energy to try out things and the patience to
learn from mistakes. Giving
young people opportunities to plan, to decide, and to work
prepares them to face harsher realities in life.
participation is important because youth are the country's
recognise problems and can solve them.
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.
OF INDIA 2020:
of brain drain, we can be the magnet for bright minds the
judicial system could be a model for fairness, promptness
legislatures could be an acme of integrity, farsightedness
habitats could be clean with abundant municipal services.
can be Olympic champions.
can have 100 per cent literacy.
capita income can go up in geometric proportions.
can have full employment.
can earn the reputation of being the most transparent, the
most honest nation.
could be the most competitive nation.
this vision period, the whole government agency has to build
a name for itself, by fast decision-making and transparent
should become a partner and promoter critic in national
can become a developed nation only if everyone contributes
to the best of his or her ability and capacity. Youth is
wholly experimental and with the full utilization of the
talents of the youth, India will become a “complete
us hope for the same.