– BY B.Mrunalini : Mech. III Year
We are living in the times of youngistan and so, Hindustan has silently vanished from our minds and lives. Don’t agree with me? Then let’s see what Independence Day means to us? For school children it means the day when they get chocolates for going to school, for the hi-tech techie it means a day-off (finally!) from
work, for the politicians it is their day to flaunt that they are VIPs! For the P M it is the day to remind the whole nation that he is still “the PM”, for the thousand different news channels it is the day to increase their TRPs and finally, for the lousy you and me… well, just any other day to get up late! Welcome to the world of youngistan!
Does this mean that we, I mean youngistanis, are not patriotic or there are no elements of the original Hindustanis in us (their motto was Mera Bharat mahaan unlike ours yeh hai youngistan meri jaan)? Nay… we are the more evolved youngistanis and we flaunt our patriotism in more hi-tech ways than flag-hoisting. First and foremost, we write a really cool and a really catchy title (there will be dozens more so it has to be really really cool!) in our orkut or facebook accounts and then we send Happy Independence Day messages to all the 2008 and still counting number of friends (most of whom we actually don’t remember when they became our friends!) and then listen to apna A R Rahman ka vande mataram track (the old one is a cliché!) on our ipods. Then we get ready and wear our new jeans and T-shirt (remember it has to be branded and if it is imported, it is definitely much much better coz anything “desi” is just too ordinary!). The rest of the day is spent by taking a good glimpse of all the TV channels, youtube and patriotic communities in social networking sites so as to have a detailed discussion with others the next day.
But that doesn’t mean that youngistan is all about having no regard to our society or our country in general! The increased awareness among the youth (thanks to the same social networking sites and internet) is inspiring them to bring about changes to make our country a better place to live in. There are numerous examples where these white-collared techies are bending the norms and are trying to do their part, whether trying to ease out the traffic in city centers or bringing about radical changes like the RTI act. School children and students holding rallies, seminars and workshops to protect our environment or for other general social issues like child labor, terrorism, HIV Aids etc. has now become a phenomenon. Spurthi, an NGO for children, run by Srivyal Vuyyuri(M.Com.)is just an example among thousands. Youth of today have become socially more responsible than ever before. Despite having an unconventional (I mean, non-hindustani) lifestyles or attitudes, we love our country as much as our khadi and Gandhi-topi wearing Hindustanis. Youngistan stands for a new hope to make India reach new heights.
“Youngistan promotes the belief that things can be changed and a new India can be built!”