The youth are considered to be the people who will represent the future as they pump in new ideologies as well as energy and skillset which would add to the pool of knowledge that is present. Youth in India are considered to be a backbone of the Nation. They can help facilitate the development process of a nation (Malik). The Indian culture has not given the youth the opportunity for growth for a long time, this has however, not been the case in the recent past as the youths have gained much focus towards their efforts in alleviating poverty (Bhushan).
Firstly, India appears to be one of the countries that enjoy the largest democracy across the globe. The youth of the country is innovative, creative, energetic as well as revolutionary and always out there to discover more. The youth is ready to fight and work very hard towards attaining what it desires. This urge to work and gain their comfort has been an element of change. The youth are eager to participate in the social change by engaging in social networks across the country.
India is the second fastest growing economy across the globe; it is, therefore, perceived that many youths are in the right direction in propelling the economy in the right direction. This is yet to be seen in making it the fastest growing economy. The population of India is composed of over 60% of youth population; this is a good amount of workforce to drive the necessary change and transform India into a modern nation. Yet out of this population there is big percentage of unemployed and poor youths. If this is looked into, poverty among the youth would be alleviated (Bhushan).
There is, however, the need for inclusive approach of youth’s participation in the decision-making process. There is also an immediate need for the young people of India to be involved in the policy formulation to ensure the lives of every youth is improved to a quality state. A motivated youth transform into a motivated nation.
Another option is to ensure the youth population of India is well educated through various forms of training, and access to quality education. Investing in education means that the youth would bring aboard a newly rejuvenated skill-set for the sake of economic development. Educating the youth helps facilitate the process of eradicating poverty. Education should also incorporate the element of integrity, and when they grow up to become productive citizens, they will uphold moral aspect of work, and there would be an honest nation at large.
To ensure the youth of India become good catalyst of change, the developmental process should be all inclusive. There needs to be a proper framework that should help in the integration of the youth in the various job opportunities in the Government and non-government sector. India as a developing nation has had a good number of emerging non-governmental organizations that work both at large and at the grassroots level to help bring socio-economic change to the vulnerable youth. The vulnerable youth have in the past been left out of the development agenda (Malik). Vulnerable youth is inclusive of but not limited to, the transgender, the poor, and the physically challenged. Job creation as well as training should be part of poiverty eradication agenda (“Young People Must Be At Centre Of Sustainable Development Agenda, Speakers Say, As General Assembly Marks Anniversary Of World Programme Of Action For Youth | Meetings Coverage And Press Releases”).
There is a bad occurrence of child labour in India; this inhibits the children from improving their wellbeing regarding physical development, psychological development and even in their education. The children never get education when they are put to work at a tender age. The legislation that was enacted should prevent this to give room for the proper development of these young ones into productive youths.
In conclusion, for the youth of India to become a productive catalyst for change in the attempt to alleviate poverty, there have to be proper channels that are put in place to not only empower but also to facilitate their well-being in all spheres. A motivated population leads to a motivated nation, and more diligent, honest and good progress would be experienced.
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Malik, Bijaya Kumar. “Youth Development In India: Does Poverty Matter?”. SpringerPlus 4.1 (2015): n. pag. Web.
Bhushan, Tahini. “Poverty Alleviation And Sustainable Development- The Case For India”. SSRN Electronic Journal n. pag. Web.