It is exhilarating whenever as a young person, you get an onerous responsibility. Be it being made the class monitor or a school captain or elected to a college position. It feels like we are significant. We learn how to execute our responsibilities through the advice of seniors and perhaps we do try and see how to make a difference. When working in a team, the first thought would usually be how to participate and contribute fully to the team. We would quickly realise that it is important to motivate teammates and make them work as a team. We learn how to work strategically by weighing out the various pros and cons of our action and how it will collectively impact our team.
All throughout life there is nothing more to responsibility. Responsibility is either taken or assigned and one has to figure out how best to make things work. For instance, there is this great feeling in many young people today – we can ‘vote’. The elections are indeed around the corner. There is no greater responsibility on young people than choosing their leader and party and propel them to power. The party and leader who will govern will also make or destroy your future or at least your chances of success!
We see this happening globally. Donald Trump was elected to power in the United States as the 45th President. Well today after two years of his coming to power, the US is suffering its first major crisis of government shutdown. No money has been budgeted and passed to pay for keeping many of the government services going. This is a bizarre state of affairs. It is also significant that the US is losing its pre-eminent position in the world, mainly to China.
Similarly, in Sikkim and in India we all have to vote our leaders into power in the upcoming General and State Assembly elections. So, this is an onerous responsibility for all of us, especially for our millennials and first-time voters who are a key stakeholder for deciding the fate of the future of our state. Do we want to continue on the path of progress, or do you want to lapse into something like in the US?
There is enough information out there for anyone who wants to find out more. What has happened till now? How did we get here? What was it like 25 years ago? We need to ask questions that need to be answered. After all, we have a full life ahead of us and what happens now will indeed define our tomorrow!
So, research well and make choices that will help us become successful. There is much more at stake when we press the EVM button!