Youth want to make a pledge to live and work honestly on Independence Day
To celebrate Independence Day in its true spirit, people should “Make a pledge to live and work honestly,” say young people from across the country in an HT Education poll on ‘The best way to observe I-Day’, powered by HTCampus.com. Spending a day in an NGO or old age home, feeding the poor was also the second best way to celebrate, add 22.95% of the survey participants.
Answering questions which ranged from the meaning of freedom to the path they would choose to serve the country, 305 respondents came up with intelligent and interesting inputs. About 59.34% said any country, to develop, needed citizens concerned about and willing to take action against pollution, crime, population explosion and poverty. The second most important thing to do, 32.79% said, was to make oneself and others aware of laws and his/ her constitutional rights and duties. Making money, generating ‘likes’ on social media profiles ranked lowest in the order of preferred choices.
What did true freedom mean? About 67.21% respondents from a generation born decades after India achieved independence said “being able to walk without fear on the streets of India’s towns and cities,” was very important. About 28.52% said they wanted to be able to wear what they wanted and study what they wanted without worrying too much about societal norms. Education of its citizens had to be a priority if a nation had to develop and progress, said 94.43% respondents.
There were many ways to serve the nation, but “Doing path-breaking research work and coming up with great discoveries, innovations,” was the best way for 35.74% respondents. About 32.13% youth said serving the poor and the infirm defined patriotism. For 16.07%, fighting for the nation, joining the armed forces, was what mattered most.