Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 25th National Youth Festival in Puducherry through video conferencing on January 12 to mark the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Every year, India celebrates Vivekananda’s birth anniversary as National Youth Day.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said the world looks at India’s young demography with hope and faith. India is young in its thoughts and consciousness, he added. The country’s thinking and philosophy have always accepted change and there is modernity in its antiquity, said Modi.
“The youth of this country has always come forward in times of need," he said.
Lauding the youth for writing the code of global prosperity, he acknowledged the strong ecosystem of over 50,000 startups in the country. He cited the participation and performance of youth in the Olympics and Paralympics and in the vaccination drive as proof of will to win and a sense of responsibility. Union ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Narayan Rane, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma and Nisith Pramanik attended the inaugural ceremony.
Puducherry chief minister N. Rangaswamy was also present along with ministers and parliamentarians from the union territory.
The National Youth Festival aims to shape the minds of India’s youth and transform them into a united force for nation-building. It is one of the biggest exercises in social cohesion and intellectual and cultural integration. It aims to bring diverse cultures of India and integrate them into a united thread of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.
During the summit, the youth will get an opportunity to express their views on current issues like the environment, climate change, SDG-led growth, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation, indigenous and ancient wisdom, national character, and nation-building among others.
The ministry of youth affairs and sports conducts the National Youth Festival with the objective of providing a platform to the youth of the country and give them an opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities. The festival also creates a mini-India where youth interact in formal and informal manner and exchange their social and cultural thoughts and uniqueness.