25th National Youth Festival: The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 25th National Youth Festival (NYF) on 12th January 2022 in Puducherry, via video conferencing.
- The 5-day programme was launched on the occasion of Swami Vivekanand’s 159th birth anniversary in the virtual mode.
- A National Youth Summit was also organized on 13th January that aims to bring diverse cultures of India and integrate them into a united thread of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.
- PM Modi also inaugurated a Technology Centre of the MSME Ministry, established at Puducherry with an investment of about Rs. 122 crore.
- The role of the MSME sector is very important in creating ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
- He also inaugurated the Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Manimandapam – an auditorium with an open-air theatre, constructed by the Government of Puducherry at a cost of about Rs 23 crores. The auditorium, which can accommodate more than 1000 people, would primarily be used for educational purposes.
Key Highlights of PM’s address:
- PM Modi gave the mantra of ‘compete and conquer’ during his opening remarks at the inauguration of this event.
- He highlighted that the world looks at India’s young demography with hope & faith and India is young in its thoughts & consciousness.
- He said that India’s youth carry democratic values along with demographic dividends.
- India considers its youths as development drivers
- He stressed that the contributions of many freedom fighters did not get the recognition they deserved so the more the youth write and research about such individuals, the more awareness will increase in future generations of the country.
About Youth Festival 2022:
- The festival was held on January 12 and 13, in virtual mode because of covid-19 pandemic.
- NYF is being organized with the aim of shaping the minds of Indian youth and transforming them into “united force for nation building”.
- This festival aims to galvanize, ignite, unite and activate the young citizenry towards nation building, to unleash the true potential of our demographic dividend.
- During the event, the Prime Minister unveiled selected essays on “Mere Sapno ka Bharat” and “Unsung Heroes of Indian Freedom Movement” that have been selected from submissions by over 1 lakh youth on the two themes.
National Youth Summit:
- A National Youth Summit was also organized after the inauguration of NYF.
- During the summit, panel discussed on four themes:
- Environment, climate & sustainable development goals (SDG) led growth
- Technology, entrepreneurship and innovation
- Indigenous and ancient wisdom
- National character, nation building and home grown.
- The festival will also included idea exchange youth summit sessions which will be held with both homegrown and global icons along with experts to disseminate knowledge and shape intellect.
- The National Youth Summit aims to bring diverse cultures of India and integrate them into a united thread of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.
About National Youth Day/ National Youth festival:
- National Youth Day is observed on 12th January every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
- The week commencing from that day is known as the National Youth Week.
- This is also known as Yuwa Diwas.
- The Government of India declared 12th January as the National Youth Day in 1984 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda who was one of the greatest social reformers, thinkers, and philosophers of India.
Note: The theme for National Youth Day 2022 is “It’s all in the mind,” a key teaching of Swami Vivekananda.
- As part of National Youth Week celebrations, the Government of India holds the National Youth Festival every year.
- National Youth Festival is organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with one of the States willing to host National Youth Week, i.e. from January 12th to 16th.
- It is an annual gathering of youth with various activities.
- The National Youth Festival began in 1995.
About Swami Vivekananda:
- Swami Vivekanand was a great social reformer, philosopher, thinker and a patriotic saint ofIndia.
- He was born as Narendranath Dutta on 12th January, 1863 at Calcutta.
- He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century mystic Ramakrishna Paramhansa.
- He went on to become a key figure in the introduction of the Indian darsanas (teachings, practices) of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and was credited with raising interfaith awareness.
- He established spiritual supremacy of India at the World Parliament of Religions held at Chicago in 1893.
- He was given a standing ovation for his speech beginning with “Sisters and Brothers of Universe”.
- He established the monastic order i.e. Ramakrishna Mission in 1897, after name of his guru. It is an organization which works in the area of value-based education, culture, health, women’s empowerment, youth and tribal welfare and relief and rehabilitation.
- He proclaimed “Renunciation and service” as the two fold national ideals of modem India.
- He was spiritual precursor of India’s freedom movement.
- Valentine Chirol author of Indian Unrest described Vivekananda’s teachings as one of the major causes of nationalist movement in India.
- Swami Vivekananda died on July 4, 1902 at Belur Math.