India can become world leader if it cashes in on youth: Vagehla Sunday, May 06 2007 13:21 (IST) Subscribe to Newsletter
New Delhi, May 6 (UNI) India can become a world leader and scale new heights if it capitalises on its youth power, said Union Textile Minister Shankersinh Vagehla.''We have what even the US and China do not have. We are a nation where the youth is the largest chunk of the total population. They are the driving force as they have the potential and knowledge to help India scale new heights,'' the minister said, while releasing 'River Valley to Silicon Valley', a book by young IFS officer Abhay Kumar, earlier this week.'River Valley...' is the story of three generations of an Indian family. The book is an account of Mr Kumar's journey from the banks of the river Paimar in the interiors of Bihar to the portals of Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi.JNU Professor Pushpesh Pant, who was also present on the occasion, said, ''The book is a guide to all those who come to metros from the far-flung and sleepy corners of the country for higher studies. It teaches them how to cope with earlier hiccups and failures.'' ''The book also highlights many serious issues such as the way outsiders are treated in colleges, the difficulties they go through while trying to learn the norms of the urban culture. I want this book to be printed in Hindi also as most of who come to Delhi belong to the Hindi-speaking belt,'' Prof Pant added.''River Valley...' is an insider's perspective of rich and varied culture of India to the world. It deals with the expectations and aspirations of an Indian living in a small village,'' said the author, who is presently serving as Second Secretary in the Indian Embassy in Moscow.