Holi Greetings from CSR VISION!
The month of February has been extremely painful for India because of the gruesome attack in Pulwama killing over 40 CRPF Personnels. Followed by the Indian Air attack on Pakistan , I have been receiving my messages through various social media handles-mostly concocting facts to a level where it could misguide people generating anger and hatred. However, there is another section of messages that I was receiving pleading the people of the nation to not fall for rumors and keep the social cohesion intact.
On that note, I was made to think as to what role does the Youth plays in the context of positive nation building. In the common parlance the term nation building or national development is usually used to refer to a constructive process of engaging all citizens in building social cohesion, economic, prosperity and political stability in a nation in an inclusive and democratic way. Going by this definition it is seen that all citizens are to be involved in building or developing a nation. Thus, the involvement of youth in national development is a must.
Even I believe that youth holds a great power in them to come up as a catalyst for social change which is vertical and socially responsible in nature. However, as the famous saying goes; With great power, comes great responsibility. In order to empower the youth to become the future of the nation, it is extremely important for us to regulate them, show direction and utilize them in a positive manner so that the direction of growth is clear.
The times we are living in are extremely dangerous, technology has penetrated deep into every realm of our lives, be it the profession life or the personal life. Technology definitely has helped us in making lives simpler for us but it has also, invited troubles for us. The youth is the cohort which uses the technology most as compared to other age groups. Therefore the sort of exposure that they have is immense- which either helps them construct their identity or completely dismantles their personality. In the times where we are living under a constant threat of war and violence, the youth could play an important role in bringing together all the differences in a peaceful manner.
However, when I look at the divide of the society in terms of demography and socio-economic dynamics, it pains me. I feel disappointed that despite having the powerhouse of bubbling enthusiasm and energy we are not being able to utilize that in the truest form. As a domain leader, promoting Responsible Conduct , in Individual and Corporate levels, I urge to the nation, specifically the youth to humbly to come together forgetting the internal differences, rather use this opportunity to come closer as a Nation , forgetting other differences , so that we can empower the nation including all of us, while fighting the external enemy together.
Lastly, I would urge all the readers to be vigilant and be open and not fall for rumors spreading hatred.
This issue is very close to my heart as we have been able to get the interview of Prof. Anand Mohan Agarwal, Pro VC of GLA University along with an insightful cover story on film piracy. This issue also covers the interview of Rajeev Kapoor, VP, Financial Shared Services and CSR Champion, Dell Technologies as the Professional of the Month and the Guest column of Dr. Srikant Sharma on Role of lifestyle: Prevent diabetes.
Happy Reading. Be responsible and promote responsibility around you. Please write to me your opinions and suggestions. You may also log on to www.csrvision.in, our portal which is loaded with plethora of information.