The 27th National Youth Festival of India has been organised in Nashik, Maharashtra this year, beginning from January 12, 2024. It was inaugurated by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he highlighted the importance of youth empowerment in the fast-growing world of the 21st century.
National Youth Festival
The National Youth Festival began in 1995 with an aim to encourage national integration and youth participation. Held during the National Youth Week (from January 12 to January 16) every year, the festival is organised under the Indian Ministry of Youth Affairs in a different state each time and consists of a wide variety of competitive sports for the country’s youth to participate in. The festival begins on the significant date of January 12, that is, Swami Vivekananda’s birthday which is also considered the Indian National Youth Day. Swami Vivekananda and his ideals are considered a great inspiration for the youth of the country.
National Youth Festival, 2024
The 27th National Youth Festival saw the participation of more than 88,000 volunteers who participated in various activities like visits to Anganwadi centres and information dissemination about government schemes and initiatives in more than 763 districts of India. In addition to the prime minister of India, many other important political faces were also present at the event such as Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Ministers Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar as well as Union Ministers Anurag Singh Thakur and Bharati Pawar among others.
Prime Minister's Address
In his address at the event, PM Modi attempted to both praise and motivate the youth of the country. He highlighted the growth of the startup economy of India in recent years, attributing such an exponential rise to the youth of India. Venerating Swami Vivekananda through his speech, the prime minister also brought the youth’s attention to their role and responsibility in creating a better India through the development of their political and economic consciousness and national pride. He also implored the youth to exercise their power and voice in democratic decision-making: “Those who do not want to actively join politics can serve by exercising their franchise. The decision to exercise votes is important in determining the fate of the country… India is the mother of democracy. Greater participation of youth in politics will strengthen democracy. It will also help counter dynasty politics,” additionally bringing the youth’s attention to the importance and rising need of a skilled workforce, both in India and abroad, and advising them against engaging in detrimental elements like drugs and addiction.
Praising the richness of the country’s culture and history, PM Modi also set forth the goal to make India a $5 trillion economy, urging the youth to set ambitious goals and to work towards them.
Thus, the National Youth Festival began with a motivated and unprecedented fervour as the Indian nation cultivated and nurtured a nation’s most important resource, its youth.
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