Students and staff at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were recently attacked by masked anarchists and the violence has been condemned across the country. With National Youth Day just around the corner, ie, January 12, NT KURIOCITY spoke to a few youngsters who refuse to be cowed down by the circumstances and are ready to fight for the future of India
When I see how the nation has turned out, it breaks my spirit. The whole concept of a secular and united nation seems to be deteriorating, dragging thea essence of the country through the dirt. But what builds that spirit right back up is to see that students are become a front of resilience and unity that is working its way up to build back what the country stands for. It’s the biggest revolution we have seen in the past decades. The attack on JNU, the resistance of the students, the fearless non-violent retaliation from students all over the world today is an explanation in itself that Indians are not going to be waiting in the sidelines anymore. The future of India today is one of the most revolutionary phases. We are at a stage where the voiceless are stepping up and saying ‘enough is enough’.
Jeena Jose, Curchorem
Youth are the most important and dynamic segment of the population in any country. It is believed that developing countries with large youth population could see tremendous growth, provided they invest in young people’s education, health and protect and guarantee their rights. Our nation needs them to resolve most of our problems. Currently, India is facing a lot of challenges, and the youth are capable of solving them. The youth can convince their fellow man to live in peace and love. All of us are one and we should not allow these little differences to push us away from each other. The role of the youth in nation building is crucial. They are problem solvers, have a positive influence on other young people and the nation, and are extremely ambitious. They have the ability to create an identity for themselves and move the nation forward. However, they will not be able to do this without the support of family, community, government and fellow youth.
Nimmy Andrew, teacher at St Andrew’s Institute, Vasco
The JNU incident was a very shocking and a cowardly act and we all condemn it. My thoughts on this is that no parent would want his or her child in that situation and that it should be the responsibility of the concerned administrative authority to ensure the safety and security of the students. I feel that the concerned authority should have taken a stand in favour of the students and supported them at that particular time instead of protecting their own dignity. Today’s youth are the nation’s future and if the youth are safe the nation will prosper.
Amey Parab, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao
The future of India cannot be judged by the attack on JNU students and doing so would not be rational. The future of youth is bright and the youth of this nation will strive to make this country a better place to live always. JNU has come in limelight after the incident of anti-national slogans and protests against death penalty to terrorist Afjal Guru. But these were just handful of people doing such things – it doesn’t mean the students’ community as a whole is bad. Many students who wish to do their debuts in politics wants to show the unrest and steal the show. Attacks on students, forcefully shutting down Wi-Fi of college and hindering the registrations process was all planned and this is absolutely disheartening to me, as a student. But this theory isn’t true to other universities in the country. We still see so many students working hard to make a good future, and support their family and to live a dignified life.
Kishan Mangeshkar, Don Bosco College of Engineering, Margao
With more than 30 per cent of its population as youth, India is all set to become the next superpower. But, seeing the current scenario wherein students are being brutally attacked inside the campus is total disgrace. Peaceful protest is a constitutional right however the youth should be a little patient. They should wait for and respect the decisions of the judicial council. The nation demands security and safety of its youth. The SU (Students Union) which has a key role to play must be aware of its constitutional rights and function accordingly. India has a great potential and manpower in terms of its youth. With proper utilisation it can achieve greatly.
Ramanand Thakur, Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao
The youth of today are much more educated than any other generation. We need to do stand together with every citizen of India because innocents are being attacked and all the protests are for a cause, not just for namesake. The youth of today are extremely powerful and influential. If we stand together and exercise our power in the right way as we have the power to change the world. Future of India depends on every single youth of today.
Raashee Yadav, MES College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar
What happened at JNU can happen anywhere if we all do not stand together. The educated youth know what is right and what the current situation of India is: economy running low, unemployment level rising, people unsafe in their own locality, students unsafe in their own university. The political parties converting this diversified democratic country into a religious nation is making the life of people, a living hell. The youth today should stand together and raise their voice against this injustice. Today it is them, tomorrow it may be us. It’s never too late to take a small step ahead, join hands and rise together.
Mayuresh Shetye, social worker, Vasco
As a student and a youth of India, I want to reach out to every youth out there and share that at this very moment, India stands as one of the youngest country in the world in terms of youth population. This entitles us great power, and along with it, great responsibility to do everything possible for the betterment of Bharat. As Indians, we are descendants of this great Indian culture, which as youth, we are to take to ahead with positivity. We are capable of being the superpower and we will be, with positive mindsets and ideologies.
Shruti Vaidya, Bambolim