Saturday, May 8, 2021
Editorial

Change agent

We know that youth is 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. We can undoubtedly say that today’s young are tomorrow’s innovators, creators, builders and leaders. But they need the required support in terms of good health, opportunities and skills to transform the future. The economic trigger happens when a county has more hands to work available than more mouths to feed. To put it succinctly, the working-age population has to be larger than the dependent population. On that line, we are fortunate that more than half of our state’s population consists of youth. And they have the power to change the wholesome situation in the state. The young minds are fresh and innovative which will be helpful in the progress of the state as well as the country. But adequate opportunities should be given to the youth to represent their ideas and policies for the uplift of the state, but which has been neglected over the years. Introducing young minds is the only way to express their ideas and to implement their policies in politics. So our young people should be motivated to take part in politics and to occupy high positions in important decision making sectors which have not been given for the last many decades. Youths have the power to change. Education programmes should aim to teach the young minds right from the school level the importance of choosing the right people who would take charge of governance. Conventionally, youth have been asked to keep away from politics. This mindset must be changed. Rather youth should be motivated to consider politics as a means to serve their state as well as the nation. They should be oriented on anti-corruption drives with a focus on prevention, education, and strategies for fighting corruption. Good governance is realistic with youth empowerment. The pivotal role of a youth who are afresh with ideas and not ideals will help in this movement towards a transparent civil society structure which can influence the political administration for the benefit of the society. We must also acknowledge the role of civil society to empowering youth towards strengthening of the democratic system of the country. The solution lies to effectively utilize modern tools in disseminating the belief among youth on their participation and representation in democracy through civil society initiatives. Our society needs youths to resolve most of the problems facing us. Youths are capable of solving them; they just need to be given a chance to prove themselves. Our youths also have the ability to face any challenges and problems. They have a positive influence on their fellow young people. They are able to teach them the positive things in life. The ones who are destroying their future, they tend to listen to their fellow youths. They will make them understand the importance of good education. Indeed the wise youths that we have out there should be taken into consideration. Some of them, though educated are unemployed. They should be given an opportunity to expose their intelligence to the world and make themselves into someone. Some organizations and firms should assist such youths; so they can make our land a great and educated one. They will make a huge difference in the society. The youths are our life and nation. They will make us proud. They just need support from their fellow citizens and they will perform their duties. In fact the role of the youth in building a new Nagaland is crucial. They are problem solvers, and have a positive influence on other. Our young people are extremely ambitious. They have the ability to create an identity for themselves and move the nation forward as well as the state. However, they will not be able to do this without the support of the government and fellow youth of the state.

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