Our dream to build the new nation
Posted: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 | Posted by: Royston Pinto | Views: 7418
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Our nation today is in great catastrophe. Not only do we see the tendencies of war, cease fire along the borders, but we also see growing gap between human kind in terms of poverty and hunger, the emergence of new slavery called technology, consumerism and individualism led by competition, and the ravaging of our ecosystem. Some have categorized the modern world not in terms of technological advances but in terms of the growing gap between the “haves” and “have not’s.”

This division of the human kind on the earth is made not simply on economic basis but also on social and political grounds — i.e., a separation of a world between those with very highly developed and those of the third world. In fact, it is probably more accurate to illustrate today’s universe not as polarities between “haves” and “have not’s” but rather between “haves” and “not reusable people.” Today’s “under developed country people” are those who toil for pennies a day in sweatshops for global corporations, those who are kidnapped and trafficked in modern-day slavery, and those without access to basic necessities such as Kapuda (cloths) Roti (food) and Makanu (shelter). When we see all this around the world, as a youth, a lot of questions arise. Some of them have answers for yet others, I go blank. There is some inner fire in me to bring some change if not in a great measure then at least in a smaller one in and around the place where I live.

Whenever, the world faced crisis, all possibilities were experimented upon, at last it brought into picture the concept of youth power. This has been a crucial force for social reformation. The power of the youth around the world has been at the forefront of movements to promote democracy and human rights in great measure. We saw this in recent years in the pulling down and uprooting of dictatorship governments in the world. Youth movements have shaken up powerful dictatorships and military agendas. Student movements have ended wars. The movements of the youth have brought up drastic changes all around the world. It has been reminding people in times of turmoil of the founding ideals of their countries and the aspirations of all people for justice, dignity, and equality. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the world’s most repressive governments, jail and often murder youth who raise their voices, close down college campuses during times of crisis, and enforce strict guidelines about what can and cannot be taught in school systems.

We can see the glimpses of triggered youth energy at large-scale protests of students in the case of the gang rape of a 23-year-old student in the Capital. The strength and longevity of those protests, sustained as they were over several weeks and undeterred by police water cannons and teargas, took many by surprise. But this youth freedom and raising of voices when injustice happens is slowly drying down. The massive anticorruption movement led by Anna Hazare the Gandhian, has some commentators heralding a new social dimension of mobilization one that is fueled by warm blooded frustration and is seen as an increasingly corrupt and uncivilized and out of touch administration of politics, energized by a new spirit in the youth which is supported and aided by both the young NGO’s and the old and the new media. But this is also disappeared and making immense news in the nation.

Today we need the consistent youth who think about themselves less and the nation first. We need youth who can coordinate better in bringing social transformation and alliances with other in the society. Getting educated and building a personal career is necessary, but if we only think about ourselves then who is to think about the nation. Every year we celebrate the Independence Day and make our national flag flutter high, listen to speeches and watch parades. And what next we keep quiet and go back to the same daily social living. Have we felt any time that seeing the present status of our country that we need a new nation which is free from rape and corruption, exploitation and harassment, violations and degradation of the human being? I feel, we are out like a serpent, only when we are harmed we lift our hood other times we are in the ant hill relaxing. When something strikes us in a grater measure we are awakened to react without knowing the cause. Why are we like this? We don’t do well and we don’t even support when somebody does extremely well. Why are we still cold blooded? Why nothing moves us? Have we secured ourselves in the comfort zones thinking that nothing will happen to us? ‘I mean my business and you mean yours.’ In our understanding about the nationalism we are very narrow. Are we ready to offer our toil blood and sweat for the nation? To bring about the new India freed from all bondages we all need to work hand in hand. Let us take the pledge during this Independence Day commemoration that we will work together to build our mother land.

This article is written by Royston Pinto, a first year Philosophy student of Loyola College, Chennai and an old student of St. Aloysius, Mangalore.
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