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MITRAS WEEKLY ESSAY CHALLENGE

May 22 to 28, 2017

 
Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words:
 

The youth culture today

  • Deepak Tomar

    The lifestyle of adolescents or young is called youth culture. The youth of India, the heirs-apparent of this vast and diverse nation, have contributed effectively towards the process of economic development and social transformation. They are the people full of energy, high ambitions and amazing abilities.
    Youth today is an over-civilized living creature on the earth. We have the evolution process undergoing continuously at every segment of life. Our youth have also evolved much ahead of the imaginations. They have incorporated both the bests and worsts to a very high extent. The gallop that the youth has taken in moulding and modifying their lifestyle is much beyond the imagination capacity of an average human being. The youth culture today, the topic under discussion is not confined to our country, but worldwide. The youth have developed their race, their sect to the heights that we feel the necessity to discuss their culture in specificity here.
    The youth culture means the thinking, values, belief, tradition, customs, ways of living, religious values, styles, behaviors, and interests of a particular group. On the other hand youth indicates the young or adolescent community. There are some elements by which young culture is formed. Among these elements lifestyles, behaviors beliefs, sports, music, clothes, style of speaking etc. are noteworthy. Youth culture plays a vital role to form a society as young are the future leader of any society. As young are an important or basic part of any society, their culture easily impacts the whole society. Some interior or exterior facts influence young culture such as print and electric media. The electric media is now spreading songs, music, picture, lifestyle, mode of speaking, language, culture, clothes etc. all over the world. The result is that the young section of a society are greatly influenced by such programmes. Truly speaking, sometimes they sometimes discord their own culture. Today some adults are seen to be worried thinking about their youth culture as they are going in moral degradation. Researchers say that there has created a conflict between the young culture and adult culture in the whole world.
    Youth culture has changed over the generations, for parents of teens, the gap seems to be ever widening. Young people have faced similar challenges to each other, but each generation is unique, and experience situations that shape their attitudes and behaviors. However, when entering into any particular culture, although influences exist, it is still usually a conscious choice. A useful way to examine influences, on young people over time, is that of Strauss and Howe in their book the fourth turning. Each generation are labelled, to offer the reader an understanding. – See more at: Our young generation is matured and can analyze the situations with a balanced state of mind to reach to the best possible resolution for any concern without any bias. They don’t rush with the solution in any stress and take the required time to reach to a firm decision. The youngsters are well aware of the balancing equations of lifeHuman life flourishes only when the individuals rise above their selfish and sectarian interests and discharge their duties as integral units of the society.
    The aptitude towards the western culture among youths is greatly enhanced by the globalisation. It’s true that globalisation exposed the youths to immense possibilities in the world. Many of them have individual success stories of their credit and have ever-rising career graphs. They have become competent enough to meet the global necessities and have attained a good bargaining power in this competitive world. Barring these individual instances, the picture in its totality is different.
    Many young boys and girls are going abroad for studying and taking up jobs. Many of them are successful entrepreneurs, engineers, managers, doctors and programmers. After all, these are the positive effects of the Western culture as well. The youth should be motivated to imbibe mores and values of Indian culture. However, they must not become slaves of the Western culture.
    The negative characteristics of our youth culture are violence, sex and drug addiction. Together these can destroy the bedrock of the great edifice that we know as Yuva Shakti. Lack of proper guidance and indulgence in the so-called pleasures of life has made them weak and prone to maladies of serious kind.
    Our young generation is tech-savvy. They can complete every task in a click. The cyber world have given them a life of ease and comfort. The tech savvy youth have lost the values of physical exercise and are landing into poor health conditions in tender age. We have reached an era where our youth in unable to perceive anything without the technology. They have completely become dependent on the technology. Instead of humans operating the systems, the technology is handling and controlling the present day youth.
    Society definitely plays a very important role in the shaping and re-carnation of the youth. The encouraging environment definitely gives good results. But our society is also lacking the moral values and everyone has become egoistic and self-centered. Nobody cares to appreciate any good values in their vicinity. Everyone is busy in portraying their false face up. With such a demotivating surrounding, our youth is definitely having a sinking heart and downfall in their progress.
    It is easy to conclude the topic, but the discussion will never cease. The youth definitely needs attention and appreciation. The youth is like the clay in hands of the sculpture. The more careful the sculpture is, the better is the resulting statue. Our youth requires to be molded carefully and tactfully. All that we need is the encouraging society who could uplift the young generation and create a better tomorrow. These youths are the future of our nation and they have to shoulder major responsibilities in the future. Therefore, they must be trained, taught and persuaded to develop a “youth milieu”, which should enable them to become productive. Now- a-days the young minds think of destruction first and try to create at a later stage.

  • Ashish

    The Youth Culture today

    2025: Mr X, an agriculture scientist has developed a seed technology for food crops which are not only drought resistant but their yield is also 70-80% more than the traditional crops. While his colleagues are insisting to add terminator genes so that the new seeds produced are not fertile, Mr X is in a moral dilemma over it. He may earn a lot by doing so but many poor farmers may not afford the costly seeds.
    Though the above mentioned hypothetical case is just an illustrative one, but such decisive moments do come in the life of people. What one does depends on the value system, and this value system is inextricably linked to the culture. As we all know that the future of a nation depends upon its youth, so it is in this context that the youth culture becomes important.
    Culture includes not just value systems but also language, dressing eating habits and one’s outlook towards life & society.
    By their enthusiastic action and thought habits youth bring new energy into the sinews of a nation and they are essential to modernize the moribund institutions and practices.
    Unlike earlier times when people joined mostly government jobs and Engineering and Medicine used to be coveted disciplines, today’s youth eagerly join private jobs. Moreover their fields of activity have diversified to include hospitality industry, financial services not to exclude acting, writing among others. Perhaps in recent times the new trend has been to open ventures of their own and be job-providers rather than job seekers. The government schemes like Startup India, Standup India are partly in response to fulfilling these aspirations of the youth
    A similar change has been noticed with respect to the dressing and eating habits of the youth. The Shirts and Pants of yesteryears have made way to the T shirts and Jeans of branded multinational companies. Soft drinks and fast foods have become available at every nook and corner. With the advent of Television and mass media there has been a homogenizing of many of these attributes throughout the country. There is a growing tendency towards eating fast foods, wearing western outfits and having latest smart phones. The companies like McDonalds, Levis have set up their shops in even Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities to meet the surge in demands.
    Perceptible difference has been noted in the communication medium too. English is fast replacing Hindi and the regional languages. The growing use of English and the demand for English education is felt in even remote corners where even poor parents are ready to go half hungry in order to impart English education to their children.
    The changing economic scene witnessed post-1990’s liberalization is said to be responsible for many of the aforesaid changes in our society country. However the changes have not been uniform nor have they spread at same pace among all regions of country or all groups of our society. This has led to what is called the digital divide and information asymmetry wherein the divide between haves and have-nots has been exacerbated further on account of this.
    This gap breeds in crime and hatred in the society. For instance it has been found in some cases that not just poor persons but also educated youth who are not able to afford costly cell phones, latest bikes etc resort to petty crimes to fulfill their desires. Moral values seem to take a backseat in the face of material desires. One cannot just blame the youth for this; society is an equal partner. Nowadays the value of an educational institution is measured in terms of the Salaries of the students passing out from there. Rather than giving equal importance to the human values like compassion and sympathy imbibed in the students, parents focus on just the objective values.
    It is not for nothing that the working style of youth recruited into the government organizations, if not same, is also not much better or productive compared to their seniors in the organization. Rampant corruption and abuse of authority by frontline staff in agencies implementing government schemes is a testimony to this. While organizational culture cannot be discounted nevertheless individual value systems cannot be set aside
    Recently a study conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences has revealed that Youth have took on the western outfits their thought process remains conservative. For instance on Tuesday Hindus still avoid getting their hair cut or eating non-vegetarian foods. As it is said cultural habits die hard.
    One of the most important ways in which cultural practices manifest themselves is the practice of marriage. In this there has hardly been any change worth the name. Inter-caste & Inter-religious marriages are eschewed upon in most of Indian communities cutting across religion and region.
    Even though women have took on many new roles the patriarchal structure of society continues unabated with women wielding little power in either the home or outside. Male child is still welcomed and with government encouraging 2 child norms this has culminated in female infanticide
    With opening of more IITs and IIMs we may have more educated youth but it is also equally important that they have essential values like integrity compassion patriotism in them for India to recovet the title of ‘Jagatguru’. These values have to be inculcated not only in schools but also at family level and societal level. Our leaders have to make sure that the energy of our youth, who are full of vigor, has to be channeled in the right direction to make the best of it.
    Only then Mr X will not add terminator gene in his new seed.

  • Ashish

    The Youth Culture today

    2025: Mr X, an agriculture scientist has developed a seed technology for food crops which are not only drought resistant but their yield is also 70-80% more than the traditional crops. While his colleagues are insisting to add terminator genes so that the new seeds produced are not fertile, Mr X is in a moral dilemma over it. He may earn a lot by doing so but many poor farmers may not afford the costly seeds.
    Though the above mentioned hypothetical case is just an illustrative one, but such decisive moments do come in the life of people. What one does depends on the value system, and this value system is inextricably linked to the culture. As we all know that the future of a nation depends upon its youth, so it is in this context that the youth culture becomes important.
    Culture includes not just value systems but also language, dressing eating habits and one’s outlook towards life & society.
    By their enthusiastic action and thought habits youth bring new energy into the sinews of a nation and they are essential to modernize the moribund institutions and practices.
    Unlike earlier times when people joined mostly government jobs and Engineering and Medicine used to be coveted disciplines, today’s youth eagerly join private jobs. Moreover their fields of activity have diversified to include hospitality industry, financial services not to exclude acting, writing among others. Perhaps in recent times the new trend has been to open ventures of their own and be job-providers rather than job seekers. The government schemes like Startup India, Standup India are partly in response to fulfilling these aspirations of the youth
    A similar change has been noticed with respect to the dressing and eating habits of the youth. The Shirts and Pants of yesteryears have made way to the T shirts and Jeans of branded multinational companies. Soft drinks and fast foods have become available at every nook and corner. With the advent of Television and mass media there has been a homogenizing of many of these attributes throughout the country. There is a growing tendency towards eating fast foods, wearing western outfits and having latest smart phones. The companies like McDonalds, Levis have set up their shops in even Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities to meet the surge in demands.
    Perceptible difference has been noted in the communication medium too. English is fast replacing Hindi and the regional languages. The growing use of English and the demand for English education is felt in even remote corners where even poor parents are ready to go half hungry in order to impart English education to their children.
    The changing economic scene witnessed post-1990’s liberalization is said to be responsible for many of the aforesaid changes in our society country. However the changes have not been uniform nor have they spread at same pace among all regions of country or all groups of our society. This has led to what is called the digital divide and information asymmetry wherein the divide between haves and have-nots has been exacerbated further on account of this.
    This gap breeds in crime and hatred in the society. For instance it has been found in some cases that not just poor persons but also educated youth who are not able to afford costly cell phones, latest bikes etc resort to petty crimes to fulfill their desires. Moral values seem to take a backseat in the face of material desires. One cannot just blame the youth for this; society is an equal partner. Nowadays the value of an educational institution is measured in terms of the Salaries of the students passing out from there. Rather than giving equal importance to the human values like compassion and sympathy imbibed in the students, parents focus on just the objective values.
    It is not for nothing that the working style of youth recruited into the government organizations, if not same, is also not much better or productive compared to their seniors in the organization. Rampant corruption and abuse of authority by frontline staff in agencies implementing government schemes is a testimony to this. While organizational culture cannot be discounted nevertheless individual value systems cannot be set aside
    Recently a study conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences has revealed that Youth have took on the western outfits their thought process remains conservative. For instance on Tuesday Hindus still avoid getting their hair cut or eating non-vegetarian foods. As it is said cultural habits die hard.
    One of the most important ways in which cultural practices manifest themselves is the practice of marriage. In this there has hardly been any change worth the name. Inter-caste & Inter-religious marriages are eschewed upon in most of Indian communities cutting across religion and region.
    Even though women have took on many new roles the patriarchal structure of society continues unabated with women wielding little power in either the home or outside. Male child is still welcomed and with government encouraging 2 child norms this has culminated in female infanticide
    With opening of more IITs and IIMs we may have more educated youth but it is also equally important that they have essential values like integrity compassion patriotism in them for India to recovet the title of ‘Jagatguru’. These values have to be inculcated not only in schools but also at family level and societal level. Our leaders have to make sure that the energy of our youth, who are full of vigor, has to be channeled in the right direction to make the best of it.
    Only then Mr X will not add terminator gene in his new seed.