24 October, 2020

At Swim, Two Ideas

Semantics apart, the youth's concern for society is laudable

R. Prasad
At Swim, Two Ideas
I recently found that many engineering and management graduates have actually been leaving their lucrative jobs in the US to return to India and work in villages. Their numbers may not quite be in hundreds, but I personally know of 15 who have done that in the last two years. There could be more. Sometimes they do it on their own. At times, there are NRI organisations who inspire them and provide them with opportunities. Many of them are working in hostile conditions in interior India to make the Right to Information (RTI) and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) work. Many people also join NGOs immediately after college, without taking up regular jobs. Many quit their jobs in India after a few years. They have to fight many battles. The most difficult of them being the stiff opposition from their families, whose expectations from their offspring are suddenly shattered.

Earlier, people thought these things were to be done after retirement. It is heartening that youngsters are realising it would be too late by then. Earlier,...


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