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The Prime Minister has inaugurated the 25th National Youth Festival(NYF) hosted by the Union Territory of Puducherry.
What is the National Youth Festival(NYF)?
National Youth Festival is an annual gathering of youth with various activities including competitive ones.
The festival has been conducted since the year 1995. It is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Objective: To provide a platform to bring the youth of the country together in an attempt to provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities.
Organized by: Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with one of the State Governments.
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What are the key highlights of the PM’s address?
Firstly, he has issued a call to the country’s youth to adopt the motto of “compete and conquer” as their guiding principle in life.
Secondly, he said that the evolution of the start-up ecosystem that had grown to over 50,000 units reflected the “can-do” spirit of the youth of today.
Thirdly, the sense of social responsibility is shown by the youngsters(in the 15-18 age group) in volunteering for COVID-19 vaccination has led to coverage in excess of 2 crore children in a short span of time.
Fourthly, he quoted Sri Aurobindo words, that “a brave, frank, clean hearted, courageous and aspiring youth is the only foundation on which the future nation can be built”.
Fifthly, he also said that the nation’s youth were not only a “demographic dividend” but “drivers of development” and proponents of democratic values.
Lastly, he gave a call to the youth to espouse a “vocal for local” motto as a fitting tribute to the great sons that the country had produced.
Source: This post is based on the article “Modi exhorts youth to adopt motto of compete & conquer” published in The Hindu on 13th January 2022.