Community living is an important part of any civilized society. Respect for each other's culture and country's heritage; contribution to socio-economic development of communities; and protection of habitat of human and the wildlife are fundamental to peace and harmony in any society. Rise in economic prosperity of a country and its constituents without corresponding growth of their culture is likely to make economic prosperity unsustainable in the long term. Producing leaders that excel in the field of art, literature and other cultural areas is fundamental to cultural development of the country.
India is currently passing through a phase of rapid social, cultural and economic transition due to liberalization and resultant exposure. Significant changes are occurring in the way of life of people. An immensely young population has to deal with the dynamics of this transition on a daily basis. The role of art and literature assumes far greater importance in such times. Thinkers, writers, poets and artists assume a significant role in providing coherence to the process of transition and documenting it. There is a need to strengthen the role and contribution of thinkers, writers, poets and artists in the country.
An exodus of young population is taking place from the villages and smaller towns in search of employment opportunities. The migrating youth do not always carry their way of life along thus leaving behind traditions, customs, costumes, which gradually fade out of their lives and collective memories. Efforts are required to preserve and document these traditions and practices for the benefit of future generations to make them strong resilient societies.
India is a country with an immensely young population. It is the responsibility of the more stable and established adults of the society to provide guidance, be approachable, become mentors, and offer their wisdom to the young and aspiring population who are the future thought leaders.