Traversing on the path of rapid development, India as a nation now has the immense power to influence global politics for the better. Her inescapable strength lies with the large pool of youth who inhabit the country. Henceforth the competent maturation of the millennial mind is of utmost importance.
To facilitate this very cause, NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata arranged for its students an extraordinary feat; to interact with none other than the stalwart himself, who has captivated and motivated millions with his wisdom – Dr Shashi Tharoor.
As the nation is gradually getting robbed of its intellectual pool, the issue of migration of Indian youths to the USA and the UK was the first question to be addressed to Tharoor. Despite being brought up in Britain, neither Dr Tharoor nor his parents considered themselves as foreign nationals. Since the advent of their journey, they have been humbly rooted in the Indian soil. In the glorious words of Tharoor, “Do I see my future in this country? In the age of 19, I was 100% sure. I looked in the mirror and I saw an Indian.”
This is indeed an inspiring concept that needs to be inculcated in today’s youth. Most of them are in a constant dilemma regarding the prospect of their future in this country. It is extremely essential for them to search for their roots inward which defines their very existence.
To win over the trust of today’s ambitious youth, it is vitally important to focus on making the education system feasible for them. The education sector in the nation is characterized by extensive political and bureaucratic interference. In the words of Dr Tharoor, “Our higher education is largely over-regulated and under governed”. It hinders the conducive environment
needed for the advancement of the millennial mind.
There is a dire need of incorporating industrial projects with academics as they go a long way in preparing the youth for the realist challenges of the industry. Dr Tharoor kept on referring to India’s glorious past when universities like Nalanda intrigued the global attention and bought foreign students to its doorway.
However, in no way did Dr Tharoor discourage the migration of the Indian youth. The overwhelming influence of British and American cultures among millennia’s cannot be overlooked. From sitcoms to sports, the sweeping impact of foreign perception is quite evident. Yet it is up to the agile youngsters to filter the positivity and frame it in their own indigenous way.
Another matter of contention among the youth of today is the widespread menace of ‘fake news’ circulated through various tools of social media. Fake news often preys on the vulnerable minds of the youngsters causing damaging consequences. To counter it strong handedly one needs a ‘well formed’ mind as opposed to a ‘well filled’ mind – the latter being something which the education structure demands of its students.
Addressing the scarcity of young minds in political field, Dr Tharoor emphasised on the need for a change in outlook in Indian middle class families. The prevalent viewpoint of Indian parents does not encourage their children to take up electoral politics as a probable career.
However, Dr Tharoor opined that in a democracy, there is no better way to bring a change in the life of millions. There can be no better words of wisdom for those aspiring to become torchbearers of positive improvement.
The captivating session provided the students with the much needed determination to unbind their minds from its shackles. Only a wise and mentally unbound millennial will hold the power to shape the nation’s future and lead her to a path of constructive and all round development. Indeed Dr Tharoor triumphs the young minds with his stupendous eloquence and sagacity.
(Contributors: Debanjan Banerjee is an author, leader writer and media educator. He is also HOD, Media Science, NSHM School of Media and Design, Kolkata. Rapti Mukherjee is a MSc first year student with the institute.)