Youth force drives the success any state and ours' is no exception. The GenNext of Uttar Pradesh believes that their state, as they dream, should be a land of opportunities where they can transform their dreams into reality.
On the initiative of Hindustan Times, eight young students, pursuing different courses from various institutions across the city, converged at the Isabella Thoburn (IT) College to participate in a chat about their state. The youngsters spoke their heart out and shared their aspirations for UP.
They said there 'Dream UP' should be such, where 100% voting takes place. "It's better to cast vote, than to vote for caste," said Umesh Tripathi, a medical student.
These representatives of the GenNext feel that youths have the power and potential to bring about necessary change. Stand out from the crowd and do something instead of waiting for the government's initiative - is what they said. They envision UP as an exemplary state, which is free of corruption, has immense job opportunities and where rule of the land is respected by all and sundry.
Archita Mishra, B Tech student of Babu Banarsi Das Institute, is hopeful that all this is possible. Sadia Ahmad Khan, 20, who is pursuing B. Com Honours, said her dream state is where girls feel safe to move about alone without any fear. "An ideal UP is where people know how to follow traffic rules, where the police takes a stand against corruption, where people do not abuse in public forums, where people know how to choose their leader and vote and where the development is not confined to big cities," she said.
According to these students, the youth power of the most populous state can be mobilised and used as a weapon to fight the negative elements that have hounded UP for ages. The youths of the state have big dreams for UP and are confident that they are close to making them a reality.
They want to see infrastructure development, which is the only way to bring the state on the fast track of development. Want of prestigious degree colleges like New Delhi's SRCC and St Stephens's pains these youngsters. Besides, they feel bad about brain drain. The youths want to see the majority of people well educated and not just simply literate, says Nashat Hayatullah, BA final year student at IT College.
Tripathi pointed out that the problem in UP is that most of the people just talk and do little to bring about change in the society. "Everybody expects others to take initiative. If all the youngsters come together, much of the problems could be sorted out," he said.
Astha Rastogi adds that safety and modernisation of the state go hand in hand.
Where Kerala is achieving 100% literacy rate, Uttar Pradesh is still striving for primary education. Governments change and so do policies, but what remains the same are fake promises and corruption. As of now, development has only taken place in the state capital and that too in terms of beautification. "What about the villages and other cities?" asked an AIESEC member.
If the youths desire and take up the responsibility of society, our state can be made a much better and respectable place to live in, the youngsters said.