Friday, July 31, 2020

The changing generations of India

The young generation of pre-independence era in India included the likes of Swami Vivekanand, Bhagat Singh, Ram Prasad Bismil, Chnadrashekhar Azad, Vinayak Savarkar, Ashfaqulla Khan, Taraknath Das, Ras Behari Bose, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Bhagwati Charan Vohra, Bhikaiji Cama, Surya Sen, Bina Das, Kalpana Datta, Pritilata Waddedar,Muthulakshmi Reddi, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Udham Singh, Sucheta Kriplani and many others, who were passionate, eager to learn, had acquired knowledge of Indian history at very young age, had clear goals, and were willing put in the hard work.

Then came a generation where along with securing jobs through a lot of hardships, youth were busy making advancement for the country in diverse fields. It took them many years to reach any reasonable success.

After that came the so-called IT generation that accelerated migration from small towns to metros. They became the first beneficiaries of the globalization. They started exploring the world, earning more and spending more. In a way, powered the wheels of economy. While they were not as connected with the roots of the country as their earlier generations, they still kept alive the connection and many of them have actively worked on restoring old heritage.

Then came millennial, the present 20-30 generation. This generation is completely opposite to the pre-independence generation. They are the outcome of the degraded education system and carefully twisted Indian history. They have stopped looking for reasons on the ground and have started forming their views from streaming platforms and stand-up comedians. They easily get influenced by the RJs and movie stars. A cursory glance at their social media activities can tell how far these are disconnected from ground realities. Their actual work is replaced by the show-offs. Agreed that this is harsh and a broad generalization, and I personally know quite a few individuals in this category doing amazing work in different fields. But sadly, they are exceptions and not the majority.

Sincerely hoping that the New Education Policy and a combined efforts of people who are still passionate about knowing and spreading Indian history will together stop this brain erosion and create a vibrant new generation.

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