Vivekananda A Youth Icon

12th January is the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It is celebrated as an national youth day. The problems like poverty, education, agriculture, women empowerment was in the era of Swami Vivekananda and are still persisting. That time also Vivekananda pondered over these problems and gave solutions for the same but today’s leaders have no time to focus on them.

The ideals of Swami Vivekananda still hold good and they will inspire us for years to come. Vivekanda gave answers to the pressing problems of the country. Swami Vivekanand was aware of the poverty in India. About 77% population in our country is bent on surviving with Rs 20 a day. Vivekanand explained what should be our attitude towards the poor and that we should see them as God. Because they are the children of God. Swami Vivekananda said that serve the poor as worship to God. He said that when crores of poor people are dying of hunger I will call every man a traitor who acquired education at the cost of poor but did not bother about them. We should change our attitude towards the poor.  Then the policies framed for the poor will be for their benefit. In our country, there are a lot of resources and a large share of riches is in the hands of already affluent and the little money that the poor has is considered black money.

Though 70% of the population is still dependent on agriculture everyone is aware of the pathetic conditions of farmers. Every year in the budget the government promises for the welfare of the farmers. Despite having big plans and debt waiver for farmers. Thousands of farmers are committing suicide. For the problems of poor Swami Vivekananda said that the farmers can be uplifted with the help of education.

India is known for its glorious knowledge but education is a privilege of few. And there is the commercialization of education which has become a means of exploitation. The education we have is more bookish and less practical that is it is producing such youth which cannot bring revolutionary changes in society. About education, Swami Vivekanand said that education does not mean accumulating a lot of information in the brain which has no application in life. Or education should be based on life development, personality development, and character development. Such a person will be called more educated than one who has memorized the whole library. Our present education system is developing the cramming power of children which has no use of the brain. Swami Vivekanand said that in Europe the poor are also educated and their condition is much better than the poor in our country. This difference is created by education. But in our country education is to bring a higher position which paves the way to take make more bribes.

In our country, crimes against women are on the rise. Though there are a lot of policies for women upliftment from education to employment they are treated as the second citizen of the country. In the context of women, Swami Vivekanda said that women should be educated. It will help in a great deal in solving women’s problems. The success of any country lies in how it behaves with its women. It is atrocious that women in our country in broad daylight are attacked and assaulted. If women are not empowered there is no way to progress in our country.

51% of the population is less than 25 years. So, the country’s progress is to a great extent dependent on the youth. But are they getting the required facilities that would motivate them to play a vital role in the progress of the country? But a big section of the youth is struggling to get the necessities of life and the educated section of the youth lack quality in their education. Ironically, the success of the country is on the shoulders of the youth but they are facing many problems. Swami Vivekanand inspired the youth to be brave and fearless and ready to take challenges. They should leave their mark by doing great deeds. But we have very few enlightened youths in our country and they just remain examples and can bring very little positive change in their lives. If today Vivekanand was alive would he be proud of the country? Perhaps not.

“Take up an idea

Make that one idea your life

Think of it, the dream of it, live on that idea

Make your 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”

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