Union Minister of Education and Minister of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister of Youth and Sports Anurag Thakur spoke to Yuva Samvad “[email protected]” at New Delhi on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that over the thousands of years of our history, our Yuva Shakti has taken the lead in shaping the destiny of our country. Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Baji Rout, Rani Gaidinliu and countless others like them inspired and led us from the frontlines during their early youth, he added. The Minister said that India is endowed with rich civilizational roots. The responsibility to carry this legacy forward rests with our young, spirited demographic.
He said that in the 21st century, the responsibility of bringing Indian values, ethos, knowledge and models to the world rests with our youth. The spirit and sincerity with which our freedom fighters fought for our freedom, our youth today must also inculcate the same spirit and sincerity to take India to greater heights, especially in these 25 years of Amrit Kaal. The world is looking at India with great hope, he added.
Pradhan urged the youth of the country to be aware of their rights but also aware of their duties and responsibilities towards the nation. They must take greater responsibility for solving global problems, he added.
Pradhan said the talent, tenacity and spirit of our youngsters is inspiring and encouraging. He appreciated the Ministry of Sports and Youth for organizing Yuva Samvad, especially at such an important time when we are celebrating “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” and the 75th anniversary of our independence. He hopes that these dialogues will create a positive atmosphere in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Anurag Thakur said that as Prime Minister Narendra Modi always says, youth is the engine that drives the nation to success. It is now the duty of our youth to guide the country to the pinnacle of success during Amrit Kaal. At Amrit Kaal, young people are expected to set Amrit goals and carry out their duties with responsibility for achieving those goals. Young people should make the greatest contribution to nation building and make the country Vishwaguru, he added.
Thakur further said that the Department of Youth Affairs will organize 750 Yuva Samvad programs across the country down to the local level to give them a platform to express their views on various issues of national and international importance and to share their thoughts. The Minister said that four Es are essential for the growth and development of youth in the country, namely education, employment, entrepreneurship and empowerment. Underscoring the importance of volunteerism, the minister said that every youth can render Yeoman’s service to the nation through volunteerism. Areas like energy and environment conservation, fit india, swachh bharat, campaign against drug addiction, poshan abhiyan are some of the key areas where young people can make their valuable contribution.
Anurag Thakur urged young people to participate in the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign. Tiranga is a symbol of the unity of 130 million Indians, the minister said. He added that the freedom fighters sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle, but what is now demanded of the youth is “Yogdaan not Balidaan” to make Vishwaguru country.
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