This thought came to my mind while watching the various programs on the news channels about the Optimistic Indian Youth today.
We all are pretty optimistic about the future of the country, about building a strong society, about becoming a developed nation, about creating a large economy, etc
Now we need to properly define this Optimism, and have that definition embedded into our minds.
When I asked some of my friends about what Optimism means to them, the answer I got was, We strongly believe that the future will be better or perhaps even the best.
Well, I am pretty allergic to that word believe or hope, because it sounds like, since everything looks good today, we hope that this feeling of goodness continues, and leave it to the fate or in the hands of somebody else, which we again hope will be better or the best. In other words, this insulates one’s self from participation in the future building activity.
What really suites me is the word action or work.
So may I request all the Indian youth to alter the definition of optimism about the future of India as follows.
We are optimistic about the bright future of India not because we hope so, but because WE will make it so. We are optimistic because WE are building that strong India of our dreams.
Optimism based on hope or faith has an element of uncertainty in it.
On the other hand, optimism based on confidence and awareness about one’s own strength is pretty deterministic.
To put it the other way, we should be optimistic not because we hope for easy questions in the examinations that are to come, but because we KNOW that we have covered the complete syllabus and are confident of scoring a distinction in the examinations
Infact RDB was denied of award purely because one foreigner pointed out that the solution in RDB leads to anarchy and violence. Which most of us Indians didn’t view it in that angle at all.
Yes I agree with those dialogues of RDB, that is what I have been saying since my college days. But in RDB I didnt like the climax, we need to change the system without common man even realizing the process of change, I mean it should be a silent revolution from within the system itself, without affecting any existing setup.
I dont believe in going outside the system and fighting it.
Gurudev you will be very happy to read this…
one feels so confident after reading this…….
GD .. you bet .. you are hitting the nail right on the head.
After reading your article, i m feeling as if it is inspired by the movie rang de basanti and esp. madhavan’s character where he argues with others how we(youth) can make India perfect in all corners .. asking friends to join armed forces, police, politics, civil services ..etc And making India free from all evils like corruption, casteism, dirty politics, poverty , ..
mate .. your doing an excellent job. pls continue .