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Teenagers should be given more freedom

The fast paced India is today churning out a tribe of disgruntled teens. The pre-youth personality is stuck in a quagmire of adult anxiety, fear, hatred and violence. Neglected and alone, he becomes dissatisfied with himself and vents out his anger on everybody around him.

Modern India, with all its glories, is seen involved in the Darwinian theory 'Survival of the fittest'. An individual is going through a hectic schedule. Life has become so hard paced that social interaction has almost come to nothing. Families have shrunk and joint families have become an institution of yore. Each one is busy in himself. Self-satisfaction has become the catch work. In such troubled times, the teenagers are a neglected tribe. Children are pampered, youth has absorbed itself in career building, but the teens have been totally forgotten. There is nobody to guide them through quagmire.

The teenager is an individual who wants answers to his questions. The world is growing around them rapidly. Their parents are busy in making two ends meet. The traditional joint family of Indian society has become a passť. It at least provided grandparents, uncles, aunts, elder cousins, etc. to fall back upon. They are no more. The Indian teenagers lack advice. The education system of India has become so archaic that it does not allow individual growth. The classes overcrowded and the teachers are not inclined to look after individual needs. The neglect of the teenager in our family is evident.

The neglect has given rise to many violent incidents and degenerating moral values. The teenager has become misguided. He is being fed senseless satellite entertainment, which has its own axe to grind. None is there to guide them to select healthy entertainment among vulgar gyrations, saga of dysfunctional home and tirades of soap opera.

India does not provide the teenager to channelize their skills. If we give our teenagers creative outlets, they can develop their personalities. We have to give them facilities like educative clubs, games, hobby centers, gyms, etc. to spend their time. We have to direct the energy of the teenager to purposeful uses. They have tremendous potential. Sachin Tendulkar, Jaspal Rana, Vinod Kambli, A .R. Rehman can be inspirations.

All is not lost. The Indian teenager may be a child lost in the social jungle but they have their own identity, an individuality symbolizing free spirit of knowledge and enterprise. The best thing our society can do for the neglected teenagers is to give them attention due to them. One should be confident to find solutions for his problems becoming of his age. The teenager needs tender care and attention from his parents and peers.

To build a modern India we need balanced teenagers. They are individuals, who can, with their learning and wisdom, make a decent society, unless they feel lonely and neglected.
-Akshat Chandra