The Power of Youth

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The Power of Youth in Creating “Corruption Free India”
The essay is a study of role of youth to make country a corruption free nation. It is an effort to give concrete view point on the power of the integrated youth of nation who are future of the country and whose efforts are decisive for country’s progress.

INTRODUCTION

It is a no brainer that Corruption in India is at its rampant best. There is not one section of the society that is spared from it. Recent examples like CWG, 2G and Adarsh Society Scams are glaring examples of expanded corruption in all levels of Indian Society. Corruption hinders its dream to become a developed nation and in today’s scenario ‘Corruption Free State’ is India’s need to achieve Vision-2020.

In fulfilling this need, youth power of the country can play an important role.
Youth is a dynamite of any country that can do great good when used in a right way. They are the powerhouse and storehouse of infinite energy which brings laurels to the Country.
Leadership of Adolf Hitler proved the importance of youth in any nation building. He understood the power of young people. After he came to power in Germany in 1932 one of the early actions he took was to outlaw all youth groups, especially the religious ones. In their place, he formed the Hitler Youth and the German League of Young Girls. In these organizations young people were taught to revere Hitler and serve him without question. The youth of Germany were taught that they were the master race and it was their destiny to dominate the world. What happened as a result of Hitler harnessing the power of youth? A significant portion of this generation of German youth committed horrible atrocities in the name of their Fuhrer. In fact, Hitler did such a good job indoctrinating a generation that it was a detachment of Hitler Youth who died in the final battle for Berlin in 1945.
In India, there are two aspects to define youth power. On the one side its history which is full of such young names whose mere mention fills every average Indian with pride such as Prithviraj Chauhan, Swami Vivekananda, Shaeed Bhagat Singh etc. whose dedication and vision for the nation paved the way of its progress. Even in the present time, young names like Sachin Tendulkar, Vishwanathan Anand, Rahul Gandhi are proud of our country.

Power of youth is important for India due to its large proportion in its population.
YOUTH POPULATION IN INDIA

As per the Census of India – 2001 the population under 34 years was around 41%. In the early 1980s China was in a position that India finds itself today. And China’s current economic boom is said to be the direct consequence of the large proportion of youth in its population. According to some estimates the current proportion of population under 25 years in India is 51% and the proportion under 35 is about 66%. This predominance of youth in the population is expected to last until 2050 which basically shows India's resurgence potential as an economic and a socially responsible power rests on the Indian youth. Statistics like 72 % of India's population is below the age of 40, 47% of Indians is under the age of 20 and 10% of the world population is an Indian under 25 is a common assessment of India by all countries now.[1] It is this population of young people which constitutes, for India, a potential demographic dividend and a hope to be a developed nation in future.

Such a large proportion of youth can be decisive in the growth of any nation especially if youth lead the state from the front by actively involving himself in government of its respected country.

YOUTH AND POLITICS

Role of youth in Indian Politics is not a new phenomenon. They are actively participating in Countries progress from a very long time. In the pre-independence era, young kings like Ashoka and Chaterpati Shivaji presented an example of ideal kingdoms. After Independence, from youngest Prime Minister (Rajiv...
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