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I believe that every single citizen of our nation bears some responsibility towards whatever state our country is in. Let us not just behave like blind spectators and watch the show. Let us take charge of it. Let us be the change we wish to see in our country. Let us make INDIA the country of our dreams!
On the occasion of 153rd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda I would like to raise the topic of “Swami Vivekananda’s concept of tolerance and universal acceptance; and India today.” In the dynamic speech delivered by Swami on 11 September 1893 in The Parliament of World’s religions at Chicago he had announced it with conviction before the crowd of 7000 people that he was proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the refugees of all religions and nations of the earth. And also that he is proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. There is a question I would like you to answer- If he were witnessing the recent ongoing in our nation had his words remained the same that they were 153 years ago? We seriously need to give this issue some attention and try to figure out what was it that led to such an unrest and heightened level of intolerance in our nation in such modest span of time.
Swami had highlighted these words numerous times-“As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies various though they appear crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.” Throughout his life he prophesied about the oneness of God. “Wasudhaiva Kutumbakam” is what he used to speak in most of his lectures. That all world is but a family and our parent is one and only The Almighty.
Religion is nothing but a matter of perception. Different religions and their followers have different ideologies and perceptions. And our duty is to respect each one of them rather than trying to prove our own religion superior over others. TOLERATING means not completely agreeing to an argument or belief system but simply staying cool with it, obvious to the fact that you do not like it. Differences in the religions have cropped up in our nation over the past century in a tremendously sharp rate. These differences started merely because of a few so called leaders of respective religions and communities who became a bit over possessive and protective regarding their religion. The opinions of these individuals started being accepted blindly and were not even questioned by the followers of their religion as if they had been hypnotized. These OPINIONS which were based on bias and the urgent need to conquer over other religions and trial for winning the “competition” which in reality did not even exist led to more differences and hence the intolerance. People started thinking that only THEIR GOD was right. That only their philosophy was justified. That only they were pure and deserving while all others were sinners for they were following the WRONG GOD. India’s identity was a home for all religions before. But unfortunately the definition has been distorted over time. Recently a lot of discussion has being going on about the rising intolerance in the nation. Starting from the loud mouthed good-for-nothing politicians to famous Bollywood celebrities everyone is giving their views on the growing unrest in the nation. But have we devised any plan to curb its further progress? Have we started doing anything on our level to ensure that we don’t(even unintentionally) become a part of this ugly fight?
Well I am doing MY part by not taking sides. By caring for all humans equally and not letting the stereotyped beliefs of my ancestors meddle with my personal decisions. By not showing off that I am a Hindu; for even if I were a Christian, Muslim or Jain I don’t see how it would have ever mattered. I am never going to be a part of the public demonstrations and outrages that are these days considered like a holy ritual to prove that you are pure and you wholeheartedly support and respect your religion. Let us stop the tradition of using surnames. Let us stop the unfair privileges given to the creamy layer via the system of quotas. Let us start promoting the highest religion of all-“HUMANITY”. Let us end the fights going on due to religions for the almighty would be ashamed of our irresponsible behavior and crimes we are regularly committing on his name. Let us end this once and for all. Let us live with peace by creating the nation Swami Vivekananda had dreamed of. That would be the least we can do to pay him a tribute on his birthday.
In the words of James M. Barrie “Youth is the joy, a little bird that has just broken out of the egg and is eager to use the wings to discover and explore the sky of freedom and hope”.
‘Make in India’ was launched by the Prime Minister of India Mr Narendra Damodardas Modi on September 25,2014. Through this campaign he aims to turn our nation into a global manufacturing hub.In his first independence day speech he addressed the industrialists and entrepreneurs assembled from every nook and cranny of the world emphasizing on up-gradation of available task forces in order to create zero-defect products with zero (negative) effect on the environment. Youth is the most powerful weapon our nation has so as to win the battle of development and get ourselves into the list of the developed nations. Proper utilization of the youth power becomes even more significant due to the high ratio of young to old speaking from a global perspective. Analysts say that by 2020 the population in India would be in the age group of 29.To the contrary the average age in China and US would be 38 and 45 in European nations. This is the call of the hour.Hence taking our chance to take advantage of benefit of the situation we should lose no more time and immediately spring to action.
The campaign ‘Make in India’ aims at creating lucrative opportunities for the foreign investors and FDI( Foreign Direct Investment), which is ultimately going to eradicate poverty and unemployment from our nation in no time. With the successful implementation of the vision that Mr Modi has shared with us, billions of unemployed men and women are going to get a living. It has been expected that about 3000 companies are going to help our nation in making this dream a reality.
Our motherland is blessed with surplus resources, people with goodwill, devotion and values. No doubt a part of our society has been misguided and hence has exploited our nation’s resources due to its corrupt thinking, but there is still a gleam of hope at the end of the tunnel. The hope of making our nation corruption free and turning every citizen trustworthy and productive is genuine and is not impossible to achieve.The dream of making our country free from corruption and poverty can only be turned into reality if the youth of our nation wake up from their slumber sleep, stop being naive and take charge.
Our society has recently seen numerous examples of high-achievers among the youth bringing name and fame to our country such as Karthik Reddy, Sunil Khandbahale, Robin Chaurasiya and many others. A better part of the youth have already realized their potential. There has been remarkable achievements in the diverse fields such as sports, politics, entrepreneurship, media and mass communication, healthcare and medicine etc. Had the social activists of ancient India who sacrificed their lives so as to set examples for the youth of our nation been alive, would have called for a revolution keeping in view the golden opportunity of holding on to the path lighted up by the Prime Minister and bouncing back with a force so strong that there would be no obstacle in the way to push them down. It is high time the youth of our nation realize their potential and exploit their own capabilities to gift our nation the respect and heights she has always deserved.
There are more than 25 sectors in which the government has taken the initiative to lure the foreign investors and companies worldwide to come and manufacture products in India, giving a platform to the youth to get skilled in the field of their interest and test how far their personal capabilities and technical abilities can stretch and expand. Starting from chemical industries, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy sources, automobiles, food industries, aviary, machinery etc to the very fundamental field of development of our country agriculture. The bricks to the foundation have already been laid. Now what remains for us is to add more and more bricks to the structure with great care and precision so that it is built so strong that people from all round the globe watch our nation with the deepest of awe and admiration. Let us take our nation to the heights it has always deserved. Jai Hind!