Saturday, 16 August 2014

Indian Youth & Moral Values


After 68 years of Indian independence, with a new generation of Indians growing up, it would be worth while to have a look at the Indian youth, their lifestyle, outlook and moral values. Do they still believe in Indian tradition and culture?

India is changing. With a new lifestyle, education and explosion of technology and latest means of communication; live-in relationships have become passé. And homosexuality is slowly but steadily also finding acceptance. The change however is obvious only in a small-but-growing number of youngsters, and mostly in urban areas and cities.
India’s middle-class is very proud of its moral values. Youth and relationships in India’s young pay a heavy price for straddling both tradition and modernity. Though they may have been brought up on a diet of western influence or Americanisms, but scratch the surface and you will realize that India’s young still hangs on to the traditional values which is deep-rooted in their DNA, whether living in India or abroad. The young may be comfortable with flirting or a fling or two before tying the sacred knot, but marriage is still a trusted bond and sacred institution to Indians. Whether it is arranged or love-marriage, inter-caste or inter-faith, the marriages are not only between two persons, but between two families which helps to keep the culture and tradition alive. Once married the bond continues till the end.
An American friend of mine made an interesting observation – ‘The young Indian boys and girls dress in a modern style just as the American youth. But once you know them and converse, they appear to be educated, more knowledgeable and steeped in Indian tradition though outwardly they look modern. This is a quality which makes them different from our youth.’

Though the joint-family system is being slowly replaced by a nuclear family, they still tend to follow the custom and tradition of their family and parents in rituals, marriages, celebrating festivals etc though they may be modern in thought and lifestyle. So one can safely say, the Indian youth of today – both boys and girls may be modern in thought and dress, but still believe in the Indian tradition and customs which they have imbibed from their parents or grand-parents during their growing-up years.


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Picture Post:


At the Indo-Pakistan Wagha border in Punjab, the Pakistan Rangers
& Indian Border Security Force personnel performing the daily drill.
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