The role of students in free India is undeniable. India has a vast population of students who are studying in thousands of schools and colleges. These students can play a very significant role in the rebuilding and reconstruction of our nation. This can only happen if their energies are properly channelised. The students had also played a very important role during India’s struggle for independence. But after India’s independence, it seems that the students have no aim and noble cause before them for which they can utilise their energy.
From time to time we hear about students indiscipline in different universities and colleges. This again proves that the students’ power is being misused for destructive activities instead of any constructive work. In reality, students lack proper guidance and good leadership. The role of students in free India is important in shaping society and country.
For some years indiscipline among the students in India had become a serious problem. They were going on strikes and organising demonstrations, agitations, etc. They were disrespecting their teachers and college authorities. They were also fighting with the police. Thus the whole academic atmosphere in the universities was vitiated. In certain universities for years together no examinations could be held due to these problems.
For all this indiscipline and disturbances in the colleges, we cannot hold the students exclusively responsible. To some extent the teachers, college authorities, as well as the political leaders of our country, are also responsible. Some political parties also incite the students against the authorities. They misuse the student’s power for their political purposes. These political parties play with the lives and careers of innocent students. There should be a ban on the political parties taking any participation in the affairs of the students. The students possess immense youth power. In the absence of positive and constructive leadership, they have led astray. The government should provide them with healthy constructive leadership. In this manner, they can be associated in bringing about social, economic, political and moral reforms in India. Thus they can play an important role in the progress of our nation.
The students of today are the citizens of tomorrow. Let them feel their responsibility towards society and the nation so that they can become good citizens later on. There are many ways in which the students can best serve their country. First of all, the students should imbibe the spirit of discipline, because without discipline no nation can rise in the world today. It is due to discipline alone that countries like Japan, Germany, Russia and China are today powerful nations.
The students can also be associated with the removal of many social evils in the society. The students can help in rooting out the evil of dowry from the society by taking a solemn pledge that they will not accept any dowry at the time of their marriage. They can help in the removal of evils like casteism, untouchability, etc. They can also assist in removing other evils like gambling, drinking, making illicit liquor, etc.
The other important role which the students can play is that they should work for national unity and emotional integration in the country. They should work against the communal, provincial, linguistic and separatist tendencies in the country. They should develop and promote the spirit of Indian first and Indian last, rather than thinking in terms of Sikh, Muslim, Christian or a Hindu.
Thus we can see that the students can play a very important role in the regeneration of their nation. They can help their country during certain natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, droughts. etc. The India of tomorrow belongs to them and they can help in making it great power and a prosperous nation.