The picture of Indian Youth today is vibrantly filled with openness and acceptance.
It seems we are finally leaving our old ways behind and opening up to this new village the world has become.
We are becoming tolerant to religions, tolerant to race, accepting homosexuality and slowly, yet steadily we are leaving the third world.
But this exact youth is also wrong on a very big part, the minds of almost all of them are sadly, closed. They cannot accept something new or they don’t try to evolve.
Becoming unorthodox in one phase and yet, orthodox in another.
Technology would be a great example. All Indian teenagers use social media and IMs yet for most of them Facebook and Whatsapp is the same thing.
Now to tell the difference between a social network and an instant messenger isn’t a very fair judgement of how closed their minds are but it’s a really good place to start.
Half the users have no idea about half the features in their iPhones yet they’ll buy them out of vanity and the urge to show-off how rich their dads are.
“Is that a C?” I asked a friend who owned a Sony Xperia C as I was kind of unsure and he replied, “No, it’s Xperia.”
That is what our youth is in a nutshell when it comes to technology.
Now, I tried to explain this guy that when I said C, I already knew it was an Xperia but he got offended because well, open people and closed minds.
This same person can chatter on and on about personality development, confidence and any social issue, you name it.
Awareness is yet another big issue. Every once in a while there is a video going viral about how Indian youth when stopped amidst their daily activities can’t tell basic answers to questions like ‘Who wrote the national song, Vande Mataram?” and they can’t answer.
For years, I’ve had this weird feeling that someday, the correct answers would be more than the wrong answers but my hope always gets crushed.
With every new video, there comes more disappointment.
It’s not all this. Look at people around you at school, college or work; if you aren’t dumb yourself you will be frustrated about the lack of interest and reluctance in people.
Most of them won’t learn how to do questions but will copy your assignment.
You’ll solve a problem in their computer, the solution to which was the first result from ehow in Google search but yet, they’ll be busy talking to someone on the phone while you do it.
There is this general reluctance to learn anything in people around me and yes, it makes me sad.
Half of my class can’t type a proper document with formatting on Microsoft Word but yes, they can use Whatsapp alright.
Oh well, they can’t even use that properly.
This is the present condition of the Indian youth, make them talk about sex, rape, gay marriage all day long and they’ll go all day long but they can’t do basic stuff college freshmen should be able to do.
It’s like zombies trained to babble on those topics but the lack of brain or lack of interest is still around.
At this rate, we can only hope that things will change for the better.