National Youth Day 2021: It is observed on 12 January to inspire the youth generations, the future of the country. Let us have a look in detail at National Youth Day, its 2021 theme, the history behind the celebration, etc.
National Youth Day is celebrated on 12 January being the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. In 1984 the Government of India declared this day as National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year. Swami Vivekananda the One of the Most Famous Philosopher or Monk in the World.
National Youth Day: History
In 1984, the Indian Government first declared to celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda i.e. 12 January as National Youth Day. Since then the day has been celebrated as National Youth Day all over the country. The main aim of the Government is to make a better future for the country by motivating the youths through the way of their life and ideas of the Swami Vivekananda. It is a great way to wake up the eternal energy of the youths as well as to make the country developed.
National Youth Day creates awareness and provides knowledge about the rights of people in India. It is a day to educate people to behave properly in the country. The main objective behind the celebration is to make a better future of the country by motivating the youths and spreading the ideas of the Swami Vivekananda. National Youth Day is also famous as Yuva Diwas.
Swami Vivekananda was the Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It was a decision of Government of India taken in 1984 to celebrate the birthday of great Swami Vivekananda, i.e. 12 January, as National Youth Day every year. The Government of India quoted that ‘ the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth Day.
Why is National Youth Day celebrated on 12 January?
National Youth Day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. He was a social reformer, philosopher, and thinker. The main objective behind the celebration is to propagate the philosophy and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda for which he lived and worked. No doubt he was a great inspiration for all National Youth of India. Across the country, several functions are organised in schools, colleges, etc.
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National Youth Day: Theme
The Theme of 2021 is “YUVAAH – Utsah Naye Bharat Ka”
The theme of 2020 was “Channelizing Youth Power for Nation Building”.
The Theme of 2018 was “Sankalp Se Siddhi”.
The theme of 2017 was “Youth for Digital India”.
The theme of 2016 was “Indian Youth for Development, Skill, and Harmony”.
5 Steps which youth can do or make it Happen
The youth comprises almost 34 per cent of the Indian population and they have the power to change the country. By providing opportunities to the youth to express themselves, the country can ensure a brighter tomorrow
- The youth must be provided with courses and opportunities that can help them in understanding governance and polity better. Enabling an interest in governance will lead to fresher faces and names in politics that can alter the government’s approach through their ideas.
- From racism to patriarchy, the youth of India has opinions on every pressing issue of the country. Letting them express their views is another way through which the country can utilise the youth for its own development.
- Forming youth bodies that can guide them and also serve as a platform for them. Such bodies can help the youth in representing themselves as the advocates for change.
- The youth must be addressed and treated as an important entity while framing the policies so that they can directly benefit and learn from them.
Famous stories of Vivekananda:
Swami Vivekananda with Old Man in Himalayas:
Swami Vivekananda was having a long trek in the Himalayas when he found an old man extremely exhausted standing hopelessly at the foot of an upward slope. The man said to Swamiji in frustration, ‘Oh, Swamiji, how to cross it; I cannot walk anymore; my chest will break.’
Swamiji listened to the old man patiently and then said, ‘Look down at your feet. The road that is under your feet is the road that you have passed over and is the same road that you see before you; it will soon be under your feet.’
Swamiji reminded him that it was he who had crossed the previous road and so he can easily do this again and again, he can achieve it because he did this before.
These words emboldened the old man to resume his onward trek and he successfully reached the destination.
Swami Vivekananda Ji Showed The Power of Concentration:
In America, Swamiji was watching some boys. They were standing on the bridge trying to shoot at egg-shells that were floating on the river, but they always missed the target. No one was able to hit the target, they all were getting annoyed. Swamiji waited patiently seeing their practice.
Swamiji took the gun and aimed at the shells. He fired twelve times and every time he hit an egg-shell successfully.
The boys asked Swamiji: ‘Great, how did you do it?’ Swamiji said ‘Whatever you are doing, put your whole mind on it. If you are shooting, your mind should be only on the target. Then you will never miss. If you are learning your lessons, think only of the lesson. In my country boys are taught to do this.’
The focus on the task at hand can complete the task to perfection.
Swami Vivekananda Ji Witnessed the Transformation of An Evil Man into Good Human:
In Gazipur there was a Hindu Sage living by the side of the Ganga. A dacoit broke into his house. He had some silver vessels. For many days the dacoit had been watching. A lot of devotees used to give offerings to the saint. The dacoit thought that there must be some treasure in the vessels. In the first chamber the vessels were kept.
When the thief broke in, there was a lot of utensils. He took them and filled his bag. It made noise. The Sage who heard it said: “What is this? Some animal is coming.” So he just came out of his meditation and saw a big man. When the thief saw him, the former began to take to his heels. Immediately the Sage took the bag of utensils and ran behind the thief asking him to stop. He overtook the thief and said: “Why are you afraid? These are yours. Some more I will give you.” And thus the thief was sent away with all the things he had in his house. Years later, when Swami Vivekananda Ji was going on a pilgrimage to Kedar, Badri, etc., he saw a Sadhu lying on the icy region. In those days the conditions of travelling were quite different altogether. Then there was no right route and no proper facilities. With great difficulty he was making his pilgrimage. It was on his way somewhere that he saw the Sadhu in the icy region, lying helpless. Vivekananda Ji gave him his own blanket. At that time the Sadhu looked up, and finding that Vivekananda Ji was a spiritual man, began to narrate something of his past life.
“Have you heard of great Hindu Sage Pavahari Baba?”, he asked Swami Vivekananda Ji. Then he told him all about the incident that happened in the life of Pavahari Baba. He continued “I was that thief. From the day when the Sage touched me a transformation came into my life. I repented my action bitterly. Since that time I am trying to atone for my sins.” That is the power of the true Hindu Sages. “God is everywhere”—this feeling is
a wonderful method of progressing in your attempt to commune with God and ultimately become one with Him.
Swami Vivekananda Ji Defeated Lust, Kaam and Material Pleasures:
Pious Hindu Sages defeated lust and material pleasures, they won it over so as their focus on meditation never gets distracted.
While in America, there were few jealous Christian missionaries who wanted to decimate the popularity of Swamiji. They wanted to distort his path of dharma. They tried
numerous cunning ploys to fill Swamiji’s path with hurdles.
In lieu to this, they planted one attractive young American lady as disciple of Swamiji. The lady visited Swamiji along with other people to listen his discourses. Once she got the chance to meet Swami, in her first meeting itself, she praised Swamiji a lot and asked him to marry her.
Swami was surprised and asked her “why you want to marry me ?”
Lady replied “I want a son exactly like you. I want to bear a child who looks exactly like you and who has similar features like you”
Swamiji bowed to the feet of the Lady and Said “Why think of replicas, when the original is there to become your son. From now, you are my mother.”
Lady was ashamed of her wicked drama and pleaded guilty and she later became one of the ardent followers of Swamiji.
Swami Vivekananda Ji on How to Win Over the Situation Silently:
Once Swamiji was travelling in train in America. In the same compartment three girls were travelling who made fun of looks of Swamiji and tried to annoy and disrupt him. They giggled, passed comments and tried hard to irritate him, poke fun of him. Girls thought that Swamiji did not know English. They saw a precious wrist watch on Swamiji’s wrist (maybe it was gifted by some devotee) and they asked Swamiji to give that watch otherwise they will complain the cops that Swamiji tried to physically harass them. But Swamiji didn’t reply he just made a hand gesture that he couldn’t hear, he is deaf.
Again he made a gesture that whatever you want to say please write it on a piece of paper . So those girls wrote and handed it to Swamiji… and now Swamiji spoke, “Please call the cops I want to register a complaint”.
The girls were awestruck and got silent.
“The Spirit will triumph in the long run, try to spend Max time with your soul nothing will come with you when you are Dead except Soul”