Witness how 500 youngsters from across the country injected a new life into the Indian Constitution


67 years…
I remained mute… lifeless…
They had only put me into words which were meaningless in their own lives…
They took my ‘ownership’ but never owned me…
They had pledged… They had pledged to follow every bit of me…
But could not truly abide by me.
That aside… A large number of them are still unaware that I exist…
That I become a fundamental part of their lives… that I give meaning to their presence on their own land…
That I am the power to uplift them from oppression… that I can make their distressed lives better…
They never realized my power, my potentials…
They are unaware… They are made to remain unaware…
I used to vouch for being the longest, the most comprehensive… for being well defined, well written…
But my pride remained hidden…bounded… bounded in a huge stack of pages that were never meant to be read and understood.
And I remained mute… lifeless…
Was I so voiceless… so numb… so weak… so powerless… so unimportant…?
Perhaps, NO…
Two months ago… I met a bunch of youngsters…
480 in number… Spread across my land…
They were energetic, vibrant, passionate, visionary…
With a desire to make a difference, they stepped forward…
And then their journey began… and then… what I witnessed was something I had never expected.
A series of exciting and challenging games and tasks did what textbooks and hours of long lectures could not…
Fun and thrill were subtly accompanied by insights, revelations, inspiration…
They realized how it feels to lose the ‘Right to Freedom of Speech’ and remain shut in a closed room all day.
They realized the worth of their natural environment, their cultural heritage and their role in preserving those… Consequently, the following days witnessed cleanliness drives…plantation drives…
They questioned the stereotypes of gender, religion, caste and class inequality, held discourses with their communities… and voices of ‘Right to equality’, ‘Right to freedom’ reverberated in their hearts…
The importance of Right to Education, made them reach out to school dropouts and their parents to motivate and make them aware of such a right that exists.
They tried to understand and live the life of a beggar and people below poverty line to realize what right to equality truly means…
Amidst all this, I anticipated a wave of change…
A Change.. not only in people’s perspective of me… But a deeper change in those 480 young leaders…
A change that will establish their relationship with their nation…
A change that will redefine their identity as a ‘citizen’…as a TRUE RESPONSIBLE INDIAN CITIZEN.
I call these budding agents of change- THE JAGRIKS..!
PIYULI GHOSH | TOC

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