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by Shakti, United Kingdom Jun 7, 2007
Peace & Conflict , Human Rights , Culture   Opinions
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Youth towards Democracy Youth, conflict and democracy are associated terms; when one is altered the other is affected. When youth of a certain nation are disengaged or misguided then they might create conflict and democracy might be terminated like scrap metal. When democracy itself is entrapped then so are the youth and conflict.

A democracy is a government of people’s authority. Equality regarding social, economic and political aspects, equal justice, rights and freedom, decentralization policy, classlessness, religious tolerance, no racial discrimination, no suppression of the management and system, etc. are terms that come under the democratic principle. History shows that only the strategies of adults and the blood of youth can achieve democracy. In the present context, youth should also possess the intention to think about democracy and to revolutionize the nation and the world through it.

As synonyms, peace and democracy are correlated. When one is unnatural, there will be great influence on the other. It’s more complicated to accomplish peace than we think in view of the fact that complicated tribulations and innumerable bends have to be crossed. Searching for the best options for peace agreements, peaceful dialogues may be the best way to clarify and solve heaps of agendas. Many challenges have to be shouldered. In the course of dealing with the risks, each person has to have the patience to open the door to possibilities. Negotiation could play a leading role. Youth should comprehend its reality.

Conflict is part of daily social life. Either it is within our family and community or in the national and international arenas. The vital thing is that how we resolve it is either a positive or negative matter. Sometimes it leads to positive results. Generally, dialogue and conversation reduce conflict and violence. Conflict and violence are born in the lack of democracy, justice, human rights, peace, education, employment, awareness, opportunity and so on.

Sometimes, if we fail to respect others’ identities, there are plenty of chances to lose respect for other and to end up in conflict. Similarly, ambition and ego play vital roles in the development of conflict. Taking the example of conflict, violence and dictatorship in affected countries such as Nepal, negligence, avoidance and compulsive sacrifice never help to solve the problem. Rather, understanding each other’s common needs and problems, respecting each other, listening to each other and highlighting the wishes of the voiceless are the keys to solving problems.

People have to develop the habit of hearing others’ voices to minimize misunderstanding and conflict. At the same time we have to allow uniform change (at the levels of policy creation, parliament or government) for all communities and groups. Furthermore, youth have to develop forums, organizations, institutions and committees at local, national and international levels for engagement and empowerment. This is because unengaged youth contribute to conflict and violence; there is a great chance for the exploitation of their power in such a situation.

It’s also the duty of the youth to promote and practice human rights and to develop a culture of peace and change the community for the better. Youth are forced and guided to revolt against the system or government, but only the adults guiding them are appointed to high posts. This is despite the fact that youth are more responsible and effective than them. Youth should be given equal opportunities to adults so as to increase their efficiency and interest in politics.

Youth are not only the leaders of the next generation, but they are also an integral part of society and the nation. They can make efforts to push their societies and the world toward the brightness of democracy. Youth have to build up a forum to encourage and support each other. Thus, they can work in solidarity with other young people who are promoting peaceful alternatives to violence nationally and internationally to protect and promote human rights. These kinds of activities may be a good example for any group that forbids any person to use weapons. They may encourage other people to raise their voices, endorse freedom of expression, institutional democracy and sustainable peace.

At the same time, the skill, enthusiasm and efficiency of the youth are misused in political, social and regional agendas. The youth should change the attitudes of those who regard them as death machines, easy weapons of violence and so on. Are violence and youth two sides of one coin? Is violence the character of youth? Can’t youth be involved in restoration and compensation work like saving humanity, building peace, the protection of kids, women and labor rights? The time has come for youth to prove that they also have compassionate hearts, adore their existence and have the spirit to save this beautiful earth and set an example for human beings across the world. Youth should also prove that youth power can expend the greatest efforts to bring humanity together, restore peace and change the community and the world.

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