Another new year is rolling in and it is time to press the reset button again. No matter how many resolutions and attempts to stick to them have fallen flat, our young students are looking forward to the New Year with high hopes. So what do they want? Surprisingly, no one we talked to covets the latest gizmos or trips abroad or the latest fashions... most of them wanted to do something meaningful for the society. While one college student said he wanted to create a platform where the voice of the youth could be heard, another said he dreamt of a society where there was trust and love among fellow beings.
Ankrish Khanna from Hindu College wants to improve his life. “I hope to become a more optimistic and aware person in every sphere of life, be it political, social or environmental. I want to be more refined in my approach to life, rather than letting people decide things for me. Keeping away from stereotypes and taboos related to homosexuals, transgenders and people who are less privileged is also my goal.”
Varun Yadav, a first-year political science student from Delhi University wants to start the New Year on a positive note. “I want to wake up in the morning and be happy when I read the newspaper. Let the papers this time not be filled with sufferings of a girl raped in Delhi, a child who died in Peshawar, or road accidents. I will try and motivate others to do something for others like giving blankets to the homeless, visiting orphanages etc.
Reeti Singh of Jawaharlal Nehru University hopes for a better and more humane society. She feels that a more accountable system of governance can go a long way in making a positive difference to society. In her words, “I hope for better governance. and hope that our nation utilises its indigenous skills and local talent and not use manufacturing methods that are not suitable or cost effective. We need to generate employment for a huge margin of people who live below the poverty line. As for my self, I hope to enroll in a volunteer programme where I can engage with women and children in the villages.”
I hope to become a more aware person in every sphere of life, be it political, social or environmental, and be more refined in my approach to life ---- Ankrish Khanna, Hindu College
I hope to enroll in a volunteer programme where I can engage with women and children in the suburbs and rural areas ---- Reeti singh, JNU