The dynamics of Student responsibility encompasses their concern and involvement in issues dealing with economic, environmental, political and social change on and off the campus.

Having been closely associated with the very vibrant student movements that Goa witnessed in the 70’s and 80’s, it is extremely anguishing and so disheartening that the student activism today is virtually nonexistent in our State. In our days students were known for having strong opinions and expressing them fearlessly. We demonstrated to the government that student power was a force to reckon with. The authorities never dared bully us.

Maybe, it is now time that the students in Goa find their voice once again. Unlike in our student days, social media today is a very handy tool to expand the scope and strength of the positive role that students can play. We also did not then have the Right to Information Act which the students today can invoke for the betterment of society. Students need to be the caring voice of the poor, deprived and underprivileged. Through a well organized network students must be a signal for democracy to thrive and justice to prevail.

With Goa currently in dire straits soaked in rampant corruption and bad Governance, the voice of the students could peacefully and democratically cause a political, environmental, economic and much needed social change that Goa so desperately requires.

We need to invest in our students and encourage them to develop leadership skills. The power, diversity, and potential of our students could energize into a vibrant engine to tow Goa out of the woods.

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