Change Society, Youth Told
By Express News Service | Published: 14th January 2014 11:56 AM |
Only the youth can usher in changes in the country since they comprise more than 50 per cent of the total population, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said on Monday.
Tharoor was delivering the inaugural address at the National Youth Day celebrations organised by various government and non-governmental agencies here to mark the 151st birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. ‘’More than 50 per cent of the Indian population falls under the age of 25 and thus the youth can bring changes in our society if they work hard,’’ Tharoor said.
Echoing Vivekananda’s oft-quoted advice ‘Arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached,’ Tharoor said that the youth should possess the willpower to introduce changes to the society and the country. ‘’At a time when society faced stiff challenges, Swami Vivekananda travelled throughout the country imparting his teachings to transform the society,’’ Tharoor said.
The state government has, over the past two years, invested Rs 2.5 crore for the betterment of youth through the promotion of sports, Sports and Youth Affairs director P Pukazhendi, presiding over the function, said. He also drew attention to the dearth of role models in the present-day society.
Kerala State Sports Council president Padmini Thomas delivered the keynote address. To mark the celebrations, a ‘youth rally’ was taken out from Museum to the Central Stadium in the morning. Tharoor also distributed prizes to the winners of a painting competition held on Sunday.
The birth anniversary celebrations, which will be on till Wednesday, is being organised jointly by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Kerala State Youth Welfare Board in association with National Service Scheme (NSS), NCC and the Ramakrishna Mission.