Obama Townhall: Best time to be a young person? See what Barack says

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New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2017 4:42:50 PM

Former United States President Barack Obama who is in India today is currently interacting with 300 young leaders from across the country in Delhi.

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Former United States President Barack Obama who is in India today is currently interacting with 300 young leaders from across the country in Delhi. While talking to the gathering, Obama said, “India and US have much in common. We are the defining partnership of the 21st Century.” He added, “There has never been a better time to be a young person. We wish to train the next generation of leaders.” While talking about the global health sector, he said, “Health sector is the key to nation’s economy.” He highlighted the importance of a nation investing more in healthcare. He further added that providing the basic amenities to the people is the key to a nation’s health.

Barack Obama then went on to talk about the role of technology in the lives of the youth. He said, “Today the youth is pioneering change via technology.” He added that “technology can never replace teachers.” He then went on to say that even though technology is being used by everyone, “it is not a quick fix”, as it is often used for propaganda. While talking about the influence of technology, he said, “Technology is an incredible force for good but also has limits. We should look at how we avoid traps of technology.” He added, “Social media played a big part in my campaign. We were using MySpace back then. Facebook, Twitter did not exist – that’s how old I am.” He further said, “Technology can isolate people, reinforce pre-existing biases. The digital network in Obama foundation allows people to meet, converse and forces people to have a conversation outside and meet and engage with other people. If you do that you have a powerful tool.”

While talking about change, Obama said, “Change is a slow process. It took 20 years to see the effects of ending racial segregation in the US after a Supreme Court verdict. We have to accept that change is hard. So divide your problems into bite-sized pieces and make sure you are listening to the people you want to help.” He added that we must persist to achieve change.

He then went on to talk about the youth across the world and said, “youth should never be discouragd, they should work hard and have fun.” He added, “youth should never be wated on young.”

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