India is a country full of tremendous youth power. According to statistics, 22 percent of the population in the country is in the age group of 18 to 29 years. These youth are the main pillars of this country. The stronger and patriotic this pillar is, the more the country will progress.
Rousseau, the leader of the French State Revolution, said, “What song is on the lips of the youth in your country? Tell me, I tell the future of your country.” If Rousseau’s statement is examined on any criterion, then its veracity is acceptable. This criterion is not bound by any country, time, position etc. Talking about India, the flame of patriotism seems to be burning among the youth in the last few years, yet a concerted effort is needed to convert it into a blazing flame of patriotism.
History of proud youth of India
India has a long history of proud youth. Adi Shankaracharya attained enlightenment at the age of 11 and devoted his life to the restoration of Hinduism. Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj gave direction to the society by composing the great book Dnyaneshwari at the young age of 16 years. At the age of 16, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj along with his companions resolved to establish Hindavi Swarajya in the temple of Rayareshwar. At the age of just 30, Swami Vivekananda gave a historic speech at the Council of Religions in Chicago and raised the flag of Hinduism around the world. During his 39-year tenure, Bajirao Peshwa expanded the Maratha Empire and raised flags across the border till Attock. In recent times, about a hundred years ago, very young youths were hanged laughingly for the freedom of India. There are examples of many such talented youths who dedicated their lives for the upliftment of religion and nation. Today the tradition of this proud young man has come to an end, that’s for sure! Today the country has youth of exceptional patriotism and piety; But their number is less. Looking at the overall picture of India’s youth, it seems more ‘earth’ focused. If this center moves from ‘Earth’ to ‘Rashtra’, then the progress of the country will not take much time.
Current pathetic condition
Today’s average Indian youth has lost their way due to violent and pornographic serials, movies, addictions, pornography. In the form of ‘package’, car-bungalow in the form of a large-scale ‘package’, due to the goal of life, self-centredness is increasing among the youth, such selfish youths where the birth parents do not even give any thought while keeping them in the old age home, There it would be a big mistake to expect that they would contribute something for the nation. Young people saddened by the actions of film actors due to drug addiction, who are interested in reading personal life incidents of film actors who are obsessed with mobile phones, television, computers under the guise of ‘technological love’ Those who are busy in portraying the helpless condition instead of helping the person in trouble, such youth cannot contribute in the work of nation building.
Even today many youths are confused about the national anthem and national anthem of India. Even today many people cannot sing ‘Vande Mataram’ in full. During a survey of college students in Goa, answers like ‘Hum honge kaamyaab’, ‘Ae mere watan ke logen’ were received by the students as the national anthem of India. A survey conducted by the Poddar Institute of Education found that 40 per cent of students in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai could not sing the national anthem properly. If there is indifference to national symbols, then the question of patriotism arises.
Swami Vivekananda once said, “Today’s youth, how to beauty hair rather than how to develop the country.” More worried about it. ‘What more can I give to the country than what the country has given me?’
Due to the lack of flow of patriotism
There are many reasons for the feeling of patriotism of the younger generation, who were influenced by patriotism in the pre-independence period, to decline in the post-independence period. Macaulay’s pedagogy is the main reason behind this. Today, youth leaving the university with degree papers have to wander for jobs. It is a fact that a youth graduating from bookish knowledge is becoming ineffective in the practical and realistic world instead of acquiring deep knowledge. How did the French Revolution happen?, How did World War II happen?, Its history is taught in educational courses today; But how did the Peshwas hoist the flag across the border?, How did the freedom struggle of 1857 take place? How did the Vijayanagara Empire stand? How was the ancient Pragalbha culture of India? How far was India in science and technology? How did India’s share of Gross National Production reach 30 percent? Keeping the youth ignorant about this subject has hindered the formation of patriotism in them. By imposing that distorted history, all the glorious places of India have been turned into centers of inferiority, then from where will patriotism be built in them? A society which forgets its history cannot make a bright future. Not only the academic curriculum but the media is also responsible for this. The editor of the fortnightly ‘Aryaniti’, Mr. Satyavrat Samvedi had said that the failure of the media to inspire patriotism among the youth of the country is an important reason for the downfall of the nation! Today, young people are made aware of the names of film actors and their birthdays; But the names of the revolutionaries and their birth anniversary and anniversaries are not known. When this situation changes, the real development of the country will take place.
Consequences of lack of patriotism
Due to the lack of patriotism, today this equation has become ‘selfish first’ rather than ‘nation first’. In today’s time many intelligent youth are going abroad to earn money. In the so called social welfare movements, youths damage national property by throwing stones, setting fire and blocking roads. Many people take the law into their own hands. They are not even aware that political parties are playing with their feelings and are using them for their selfish ends, just as burning wood burns the house to ashes, in the same way the younger generation is taking their lives with them. It is destroying the country too, it looks like this. Today there is a need to stop the loss of youth power by awakening the young generation and putting them on the right path.
How to build patriotism?
To show patriotism, everyone has to fight at the border, it is not so; Rather, by following many simple tasks, a person can also create a culture of patriotism in himself. To increase patriotism, one should be proud of one’s own language and self-culture. To create this pride, it is necessary to study self-language and self-culture, to know their characteristics.
The flame of patriotism can be ignited by reading the characters of revolutionaries and patriots. Instead of hoisting paper flags on trains on 15 August-26 January, using that time in national and religious work and making others aware about it, it is also a national service. By raising the national flag that fell on the streets and handing them over to the local administration, advising others not to cut tricolor cakes, advising them not to use tricolor clothes or masks, also to prevent disrespect of national pride. contribution can be made.
Today anti-India sentiments are being spread widely in the name of development or secularism. There is a need to refute such anti-national ideologies today. To obey the law, to follow the signs, to do one’s work honestly and properly, to fight against injustice in a lawful manner, to try to convert the freedom gained through ancestors into surajya is also a national service. bursting of firecrackers after India’s victory in cricket match, setting ‘Ringtone’ of patriotic songs on 15th August and 26th January is not true patriotism, however, being ready to sacrifice for the country, striving to create order, patriotism Is. To use one’s intelligence and skill for the cause of the nation is true patriotism. Religion is the soul of the nation. That is why our patriotism needs to be accompanied by spiritual practice, that is, worship. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Swami Vivekananda did unbroken spiritual practice while working for the national upliftment. Similarly, if youth follow Sanatan Dharma and do spiritual practice, then their personal spiritual development will also take place. The result of their work will also increase. Only when the youth will be uplifted, the society i.e. the nation will be uplifted.