Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Our future

We know that youth are the most important and dynamic segment of the population in any region. 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. As has been repeatedly stressed, today’s young are tomorrow’s innovators, creators, builders and leaders. But they need the required support in terms of good health, education, training and opportunities to transform the future. The economic trigger happens when a state has more hands to work available than more mouths to feed. To put it succinctly, working age population has to be large than the dependent population. Now more than half of Nagaland’s population is in the working age group. Unfortunately majority of our youths are increasingly becoming restless and struggling to remove the disparities. More efforts need to be put in, if we are to become free from the vicious circles of poverty, malnutrition, corruption, violence and unemployment in the state. All these vices are not just prevalent but growing in our society, which is not allowing our state to function in its real spirit. Our state has the edge of demographic dividend. They have the power to change. Young minds will be more fresh and innovative which helps in the progress of the state. But adequate opportunities should be given to the youth to represent their ideas and policies for the uplift of the nation. And the only way to express their ideas and to implement their policies is politics. We need to motivate our young people to take part in politics and to occupy the high positions such as Chief Minister, minister, MLA, MP. Knowledge and unity speaks a lot rather than experience. In fact if the ruling power is given in the hands of the youth, then we have every chance of becoming developed and a prosperous state soon. They have power to change. Education programme should aim to teach the minds right from the school level the importance of choosing right people who would take charge of governance. Conventionally, our youths have been asked to keep away from politics by dynasty politicians because of their personal self interest. But youth should be motivated to consider politics as a means to serve the nation. They should be oriented to anti-corruption drives with focus on prevention, education, and strategies for fighting corruption. Good governance is realistic with youth empowerment. The pivotal role of 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. It is only through a strong system of representation that democracy works, and it is only through a strong youth representation that the dynamism and vigour of a state be maintained. It is therefore important to acknowledge the role of civil societies in empowering youth towards strengthening of the democratic system of our state for sustainable development. The solution lies to effectively utilizing modern tools in disseminating the belief among youth on their participation and representation in democracy through civil society initiatives. We need them to resolve most of our problems. Currently we are facing a lot of challenges, and youth are capable of solving them. They just need to be given a chance to prove themselves. 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. Government, civil society, voluntary organizations and other stakeholders should assist youth; so that they can make our land a great and educated one. They will make a huge difference in the society. They just need the support and enabling environment at family level, community level, society level, state level, national level and international level, which in turn will make them perform their duties. Indeed 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 government’s support.