**Population Day Debate**
A very good morning to the august gathering!
I, Prerna Somani, stand before you presenting my take against the motion.
“Can Indian Youth change the destiny of the world?”
People born before 1946 are called the Silent Generation.
People born between 1946 and 1964 are called the Baby Boomers.
People born between 1965 and 1979 are called Generation X.
And people born between 1980 and 2010 are called Generation Y.
Why do we call the last group Generation Y?
Y should I get a job?
Y should I leave home and find a new place to stay?
Y should I get a car when I can borrow yours?
Y should I clean my room?
Y should I wash and iron my own clothes?
Y should I buy any food?
Will this directionless, consumerist, self-centred young population change the destiny of the world? My words maybe feel unpleasant and demeaning to most of you, but how far can we escape the reality of the situation by hiding under the shadows cast by a few great exceptions my worthy opponents talk about?
For every Satya Nadella, our country has a thousand unemployed computer engineers.
For every Indira Nooyi, we have ten thousand girls who are being denied higher education.
For every Unmukt Chand, we have over a dozen young men and women dying every week in cases of drunk driving.
Let me assure you the talk of demographic dividend is a myopic view of the realities of life.
What we’ve lost in quality, we’ve made up in quantity.
They may have university degrees but unfortunately our youth is not educated.
Our education scenario is besotted with poor planning and exhibition. Universities and colleges are mushrooming all around us with scant respect for quality which has only contributed in increasing the unemployment ratio. An average youth is living a life of despondency.
Youth is an age of vigour, enthusiasm and energy, we all agree to that.
And our youth today is vigorously aggressive about their egos, their social standing and their pocket money. They are enthusiastically possessive about their boyfriends and girlfriends. And they are energetically passionate about their sutta and daaru.
Can you expect anything better from a generation that follows reality TV shows likes Roadies and Splitsvilla?
The transition from traditional to modern to post-modern has occurred at a very fast pace. The ambiguity created by this transition in Indian youth is a terrible reality. The problem of confusion in the minds of the youth has been further aggravated by the absence of a worthy cause.
The real genius of this country, the “fresh cream” is practically running away from it at the first opportunity like rats abandoning a sinking ship. Do they go out there with the intention of changing the world? Oh no, we all know that its the dollars and the pounds which beckon them closer.
In 2013, The United Nations ranked India 136th among 186 nations in terms of Human Development Index. With an HDI of 0.554 India stands in the bottom 50 countries of the list. This statistically proves how far we have to go to catch up with countries one-tenth our size Norway and Switzerland.
These rats, who couldn’t even try to change the destiny of their own nation, will they change the destiny of the world?
I am not painting a bleak picture of our countrymen; I am just putting crude facts before you for your kind consideration.
Before changing the destiny of the world, let us thrive to change the destinies of our own individual self and collectively we may change the destiny of our own country.
When 40% of our population cannot afford a decent square meal,
we cannot pose to be the knights in shining armour to change the destiny of the world.