I am a regular reader of different news related to China. I am following China closely from past 3-4 years and now understand a great deal about this country. When I have seen a call to provide suggestions to Chinese premier Li Keqiang for 13th 5 year plan, I could not resist myself. Although, I know a great deal about China, but providing suggestions on economy, environment, climate, and other areas did not interest me that much. Most of the people will anyway provide suggestions in these fields. So, I used my personal interaction, observation, and deep understanding of Chinese culture to come up with very simple suggestions.
# This was the e-mail sent to the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. It was open to everyone and announced on the English website of the state council,People’s Republic of China.
# Nothing has been edited in the main e-mail but it has to be read in the proper context.
Ni Hao Premier Li Keqiang,
My name is Ankit Khandelwal and I am from India. I am a regular reader of The China Daily. I am studying about China from past 3 years. I studied many online courses from Chinese universities and interacted many people from China. I have made strong bonds with Chinese people by helping them in improving their English. I also enjoyed learning more Chinese culture, society, and festivals from them. I can consider myself someone who have deep interest and understanding of China. Allow me to give following suggestions.
Idea 1: Let is go to back to villages
The beauty of China lies in its villages. The 5000 year old civilization can never be understood completely without the preservation of many ancient customs and rituals. The responsibilities shared by citizens in those countryside is hard to imagine today. Unfortunately, rising urbanization is rapidly deserting these places living a big void in passage of cultural heritage. Youngsters may lose out a big part of their identity, if something has not been done.
Youngsters can be encouraged to spent 1-2 weeks each year in any village of China. They can be given incentives(certificates, credits) to feel the life in a village. They can also be given tasks to solve rural problem using their educational background. This will enhance their bond with their motherland and also enhance their ability to see themselves as part of China.
Idea 2: Helpline for youngsters
Majority of youngsters are living alone in the growing big cities. They are away from their loved ones and often face severe depressions, loneliness, and feeling of not being cared. The number of people suffering from this type of syndrome will continue to rise in future. I will be much more glad, if you can include this kind of study as mandatory in school, university, and in vocational studies curriculum. There can also be a dedicated helpline set up to help people talking to someone during the need. The future of any country are it’s youngsters and China need to tackle this issue.
I have many more ideas to share and I will try to pen down in the upcoming days.
Thanks for going through my message and I do hope, that you will take my ideas into consideration to make China even much more better place to live for the upcoming generation
(Views expressed in the e-mail were personal)
(This blog first appeared in The China Daily Blog Forum on 16-02-2016)