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Generation X: Outlook vs Values
The recent years have seen the Indian youth undergo a radical change.Lured by big multinationals they indulge in wrongdoings.Can we call our youngsters the ideal citizens of tommorrow or is it otherwise?

LUCRATIVE JOBS FOR freshers, enormous salary packages, killing competition, vulnerable minds, stressful lifestyle and aggressive attitudes— sums up the making of our youth. Several global ventures have opened multinationals in India providing high–income jobs to youngsters. On one hand where job opportunities have opened for our youth, the entire scenario has changed when it comes to their lifestyles, values and outlook.


The youth of today are the future of tomorrow. Are we ready to give the reigns of our nation in their hands? This has become a question of grave concern. It also leaves us wondering about where we are going wrong and what can be done to groom them into mature and responsible citizens.


Neeti, 29, is working in a call centre in Gurgaon. She relocated all the way from a small town in Bihar last year. She was lured into working in a multinational and agreed immediately on account of the handsome salary package. It had barely been a few months after Neeti joined that she transformed into a cosmopolitan queen. Her traditional wardrobe was revamped to an ultra- trendy one and her lifestyle too, underwent a leviathan change. For a girl who could barely step out of her house, she has become a corporate puppet who is successful and glamorous.


Kishan, 21, has comfortably adjusted to the urban lifestyle. He has come from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and has gladly changed his name to Ken. He feels that it sounds trendier. He further adds that if his parents ever got to know of it they will throw him out for good! 


Manik, 19, is working in the marketing department of a well known multinational. According to him the youngsters get heavy discount packages everywhere in addition to a high salary package and weekend parties. This leaves them wondering where to spend the money.


A lot of them hit vivacious pubs every week and end up consuming alcohol and fall prey to substance abuse. The foremost things on the mind of today’s youth are money, sex, drugs and violence. They seem to be the latest trend. What leaves us gaping is the fact that education is no longer a priority. They have the option of falling back on distance education courses and get a degree through correspondence.


Arushi, 17, is giving her board exams but at the same time she is looking forward to finding a job through campus hiring. She no longer feels the need to excel in her papers as she is likely to find a job anyway.


Money is the prime factor that governs the life of our youngsters. A lot of money at a very young age leaves them with a hunger for more. Alcohol is served at most office parties and nobody goes to the extent of asking the legal age of the individual before serving it to him. Everybody knows that the legal age is 25 for consuming alcohol but few adhere to the norm.


Busy schedules and raging competition increases stress levels and make the youngsters highly aggressive and violent. They often indulge in serious fights over petty issues, succumb to grave injuries and destroy their lives.


Parthak, 22, a process associate in a corporate says, “With night shifts having become the norm, we get no time for ourselves. The strenuous working hours create a lot of pressure and for those of us who are studying multi-tasking is the only option left.”


Many youngsters drop out of college and ruin their career on account of these jobs. Few years down the line they are left without adequate growth opportunities, education and have nothing to fall back on.


Sex remains the million dollar question. Access to freedom and funds leads the youth to experiment on the sexual front as well. They fall prey to sexually transmitted diseases and not all of them care to use contraceptives. These glaring facts point towards the increase in HIV rates and abortions. The youngsters might be educated but are they really responsible citizens who can bear the burden of this nation on their shoulders.


Substance abuse and alcoholism are other areas of concern. According to a study, more than sixty per cent of the youth in India are addicted to drugs, alcohol or both. Little do they realize that they are giving an open invitation to death.


The striking fact that still continues to attract our attention revolves around the high attrition rates in multi-nationals accompanied by restlessness in the youth. A need to educate the youth on the front of their civic duties has suddenly arisen. The crime rate can only be cut down if our youth share the burden. They need to understand their moral responsibilities towards the society and co-workers. They are the light of the nation and must bear forth our ideals to the next generation.


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