Esteem Youth Foundation

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Esteem Youth Foundation

Esteem Youth Foundation is an organisation working for the empowerment of the underprivileged youth. There are a lot of students all over India who lack in areas of self confidence, correct guidance, career opportunities etc. Its time for us to bridge the gap and build a common platform for the youth to interact and bring a positive change in the country. Its a pleasure to be a part of such an organisation. Looking forward to work with the EYF team!! 😀

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May their soul rest in peace

Link:  http://newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/45-charred-in-Bangalore-Hyderabad-bus-fire/2013/10/31/article1865561.ece

Another bitter accident has come in the forefront where 45 people were literally burnt alive due to their inability to get down from the bus as it caught fire. I couldn’t stop myself from dedicating this post to all those 45 people who turned into ashes within 30 minutes. Its really annoying to see why can’t our government have a proper mechanism to keep a check on the safety for each and every transport. They could have got down the bus using an emergency ladder (if there was one)  or some emergency mechanism could have been initiated to save them. Till the time the ambulance came, the fire had already done the damage. Our government always needs a bombshell before coming into action. Even if it was a private bus, why can’t they issue a safety check for each transport? After all spending a few pennies on taking such precautions is much better than encountering such upsetting events. The horrifying rape which took place almost one year back (16th Dec) in a private bus and now this incident will surely hold back people from travelling in buses. Where should the general public go? How many more lives are to be kept at stake so as to bring a change? No one is there to answer all these questions. Everyone is busy working on their manifesto and claiming to be what they can never be. Sad but true!

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May their soul rest in peace and may their families find a way to start a new life!

Are you wise enough to judge someone?

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While sitting on the college staircase, grabbing a quick bite in the canteen, sipping a martini in the club, standing in the metro with your earphones plugged in, rolling your eyes to the corner seat in a movie theatre you’ll find yourself making post-haste judgments.

You see a couple getting little cosy in the metro- look around and you will catch twenty people giving them awful looks. What if they are meeting after a long time? What if they are not allowed to meet each other? What if they are getting married within a month?

You see a girl popping a beer at the bar and you find her hot. You may spend the next few hours dancing with her in the club, but who will think of marrying her in the long run? What happened when you were equally drunk, tapping your feet to the floor all night?

You see a girl playing volleyball with a group of boys and there you are spending the next 45 minutes profiling her from top to bottom. What if she is not up for discussing nail colours and brands? What if she is not interested in the sizzling gossip of the day?

You bump into a girl, buying a cigarette and there you are giving her a second look from head to toe. “Oh so she smokes!” What difference does it make? Perhaps at some point of time, you’ll be the one standing right next to her asking for the same brand and maybe sharing a lighter as well.

You put your display picture with a new guy and there will be a group of people- figuring out the months you have been dating him. There will be n no. of pings on your bbm asking about this new guy. What if he is just a friend?

The whole story revolves around “What if”. Exceptions always exist, I am not prompting people to drink or smoke. It’s just a way of looking at things from a wider perspective. You should know where to draw a line. So from now before judging someone bring in the “What if” factor in you. Mind it; it takes seconds to pass a comment and years to take it back.

How does politics affect students at college level?

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As soon as Politics comes to our mind we hold back ourselves from even discussing about it. In India politics has always been an integral part of our society. With the change in time and political parties, politics has taken an ugly form of ‘communal politics’. Basically when politics is combined with community to gain power then it is called communal politics. Caste division has led to a lot of nuisance in Indian politics. All political parties are now biased on the basis of caste and class; from Mayawati supporting Dalits to Arvind Kejriwal supporting the middle class group- every decision is based on community interest.

DU (Delhi University) has been operating well since it was founded in 1922 where elections were considered a healthy exposure for the students. Now with due course of time students are so much exposed to the real communal politics that they have started applying it in their real life. Half of them jump into these elections every year while the other half prefers staying back. There is not only a lack of physical security but also mental security.

Politics has slowly infused into the college life as well. Two prominent parties in the Delhi University elections: NSUI (Congress Party) and ABVP (BJP Party) have been contesting elections for years.  A lot of violence and chaos is always seen during elections but crossing the line this time it took two Kirori Mal students being injured and many of them got arrested. A group of people supporting NSUI candidates allegedly walked into the college campus and asked one of the independent candidates from the same college to pull out of the race. After he and his supporters refused, the NSUI members attacked the group with iron rods.College elections for students have now become a way to enter into the real politics. Girl’s colleges like Gargi, Kamla Nehru, LSR etc. for instance doesn’t take part in elections due to security issues. Female candidates in co-ed colleges have to think twice before standing for a post.

It has injected a hell lot of violence and terror in the minds of college students because of which many of them now consider private universities a better option than our very own Delhi University. The whole situation needs to reverse back and our government should take a firm stand or else this may result as a drop in admissions in the coming years.