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Arise, The Future Beckons – President Kovind’s Letter to Young Indians – New Delhi News

Noting {that a} job needn’t imply a authorities or public-sector job and that the non-public sector has contributed immensely to the creation of wealth for all, “the more ambitious among you will aim to become not employees but employers. With entrepreneurship they will create new job opportunities”, Kovind writes within the letter, titled “Arise, The Future Beckons”.

“In the new century, many of our deeply held notions of ‘work’ were anyway undergoing changes, and Covid-19 only hastened that process. It forced movement restrictions and lockdowns on us, paralysing economies around the world. As a result, there were job losses and salary cuts, but there was also a rise in the ‘gig economy’.

“In this courageous new world, a courageous new breed of children is looking for neither jobs nor the monetary safety of the routine 9-to-5 work however a rightful recognition of and remuneration for his or her distinctive skills, for his or her inventive imaginative and prescient, for his or her abilities. Instead of security, their desire is for flexibility. Instead of closing their choices, they’re exploring extra alternate options,” the President writes.

Along with the gig economy, another trend in recent years is work-life balance — the phase when hard work alone was of paramount importance is over in many nations, organisations and sectors.

“There is rising give attention to accommodating different points of life alongside the economically productive work. An worker spending further hours and weekends on work is changed by one who cares as a lot about promotions as about household time. It makes all of the extra sense within the pandemic time.

“Work-from home has its benefits but it also puts working women under a ‘triple burden’. They already have the double burden of paid work and ‘unpaid work’, that is, domestic responsibilities. On top of that, as children attend school from home, their learning as to be supplemented by the parents, and that task usually falls on the mother. The new stress on family time should be welcome for male employees, so that they can share some of the responsibilities of their partners. In any case, studies show that hard work in itself can be even counterproductive and as the number of hours spent on work goes up, productivity comes down in some instances,” Kovind writes.

The pandemic, he writes, has been an unprecedented disaster, “but it may as well be just a warning of a far bigger crisis that is looming over the horizon”.

“Climate change is no longer a matter of scientific research and policy discussions; its impact is already tangible, and we are fast running out of time to keep global warming within feasible limits. The decade of the 2020s could turn out to be the most decisive point. The situation is dire and pessimism won’t be out of place, but I remain hopeful.

“My hope stems from the truth that now we have seen what we’re able to when our collective existence was threatened by the coronavirus. Covid-19 has proven what humankind can do if all nations be part of palms and are guided by nothing apart from concern for our widespread future coupled with respect for science. Nations shared inputs on warnings, therapy protocols, scientific analysis and eventually the vaccines too. India reached out to the needy with medicines, protecting gear and vaccines; and when it wanted assist the others wasted no time in giving it a hand.

“Whenever we were told about our ancient saying, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ — the whole world is but just one family, it seemed an abstract ideal, but we have seen how true it is when humankind faced a crisis together, like a family. The pandemic has, thus, taught us exactly those lessons that will come handy for climate action,” the President writes.

In this context, he recollects the values that our forefathers held shut to their hearts whereas preventing for Independence and which shaped the bedrock for the constructing of a brand new nation born on the midnight of August 15, 1947.

Mahatma Gandhi “epitomised all those values. Though with his trademark self-deprecating humour he would call himself as ordinary, his so-called ‘ordinariness’ encompassed the best features of excellence. His exceptional journey to becoming a ‘Great Soul’ was consistently guided by those eternal values — truth and non-violence. And neither of these values was imbibed by him overnight”.

“If it had any beginning it was during his higher studies and early years in what we would today call professional career. In short, what I mean to underline here is that Gandhiji brought about the most radical transformation in his personality when he was in his twenties,” the President writes.

The 20s is often the time of life when all its potential is unexplored and all alternate options are open forward. From the subsequent decade, the vary of decisions begins narrowing down. Experience is appreciated all over the place — and rightly so, but it surely comes at the price of closed choices.

“As average Indians in your twenties, the question of career is bound to be uppermost in your minds. Under social imperatives or under peer pressure, many of you often equate a ‘career’ with a ‘job’, preferably with the assurance of its continuity till superannuation. That is understandable. India’s bureaucracy and public sector both require talented, hardworking youngsters.

“As good governance is all the time a piece in progress, it requires infusion of recent pondering, innovation and passionate dedication that may finest come out of your era. It is the youth of as we speak who will improve supply of public companies by deploying new fashions of administration or futuristic applied sciences and enhance the lives of individuals,” the President writes.

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