Is Mangalore ready for Gen X?

December 28, 2009

Mangalore, the coastal city, the port city,  the city of tender coconuts, neer dosas and chicken curry, boiled rice and the fish fry, of pristine beaches, of swaying  coconut and areca nut groves, huge portico houses with tiled roofs, of enterprising people,  was once a peaceful abode to escape to.

All this has changed over the years. From booming real-estate to rat-packed roads, from mud roads to concretized roads in every nook and corner, from gudangadis (petty shops) to exceptional malls, from local fashion to growing brand conscious among the new generation, this city is evolving in a big way beyond the imagination of all those who have been living in this coastal city and witnessing the transformation. 

The fangs of urbanization have stung the city and now it looks there no escape.   Remember those Hollywood flicks the likes of Hollow Man wherein a certain injection traces itself to every human detail? Sadly that is exactly what is happening to our beloved city.

The generation which has no respect for traditions and values has been responsible for this transformation of Mangalore to the worst.   It is unfortunate such people are still at the helm of affairs. Now another generation is waiting to be heard, to voice its opinion, to break the ground rules and free itself. They have waited enough for the much needed change, they now realize, they are the change.

What do you see around you these days? You see the thirsty youth, hankering for proper guidance, to channelise their energies and become good human beings. Their blood filled with skill and talent but it lacks direction. Most of them have nothing but high ambitions as a result of the expectations of the parents, family and the society.  The youth is a confused lot not knowing what is right and what is wrong. 

With the ongoing clash between the generation of thinkers and thinkers to-be, the questions that comes to my mind often is – Is Mangalore ready to take it all in?

With the youth constantly perturbed by adolescent distractions (if you call it that) and the communal forces trying trick to infuse hatred and violence in the young and impressionable minds - where is this city heading to?

Modernisation is a necessary evil which we can’t t do without. Better colleges, better faculties, better infrastructure, fierce competition among schools and colleges – is in the best interests of students.  It is not enough if students just graduate from these institutions.  They should be modern thinkers imbibing all the necessary qualities that make them good citizesns. .

But what about the present generation that has to pave way for these young thinkers? Can anyone hold them back? Would you call them stuck-up? Or would you just simply tag them as the wiser lot who know what they are doing? 

What I see around me is an evolving pool of urban thinkers, suffocating within the  system, trying to voice their opinion for change, slowly agitating themselves, which may eventually pave the way for the much needed revolution.

I thank the forefathers of this city for shedding their blood, soul and spirit for making Mangalore what it has been.  It is time for the older generation without those tradtions and values to step down, look back and make way for the generation next. You have performed and you have performed well. Now it is our turn as we foresee a bigger stage, for the youngsters who want to contribute their mite to restore Mangalore’s pride.  The youth cannot be stopped now.  They foresee bigger performances, they are the youth, they cannot be stopped.

But wait, stepping down is easy, stepping down as legends – well could you?

More employment opportunities, a complete stop to spreading communal hatred, opening up to present day ideas to suit the modern needs, roping in the big daddies of IT, chalking out a better infrastructure for this city...... is what the youth are looking forwards to in our beloved city of Mangalore. 

Legends or not, I still have faith on the Gen X.

by Mohammed Ridhan - Mangalore
Mohammed Ridhan is business managemnt graduate, currently pursuing his MBA.
He involves himself in freelance writing, art-work and photography.
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Comment on this article

  • Laxman M S, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 23 2010

    Nice Article boss, liked it.

  • Mohamed Suhail, Mangalore / Dubai

    Fri, Jan 01 2010

    Excellent article Ridhan. Waiting for the next one. Good luck.

  • James Fernandes, Barkur,USA

    Fri, Jan 01 2010

    Thank you Ridhan, for not ignoring my humble request. Thank you for NOT asking to name my Alma Mater. Similar to Gen-X term, I had heard another term in the 50's "Third World.....", I guess coined by Western thinkers. As usual I did ask a Pandith for explanation and his reply was, "You see James, we live by the golden rules. Those who have gold make the rules." As mentioned/implied in the concluding paragraph by Ridhan, let them go for the gold, because anything less than gold is considered "Uncivilized.” But folks, do not forget the remote Mangalorean villages, help them to win silver or bronze. You need gold to buy food, you need villages to grow food. Please include tractors and better irrigation system in your modernization scheme. Let the villagers/farmers too have a bite off of this IT Apple or flying Windows. Not all can afford to google to get answers.

  • Mohammed. Ridhan Assadi, Mangalore, Bangalore

    Fri, Jan 01 2010

    I thank each one of you for your valuable comments to this article. Your comments help me improve on my writing and justify the responsibility we have towards the masses. I did not want to confuse the readers by mentioning Generation X, Y and Z. The general point of view accepted among the western thinkers (who coined the term Gen X) is Gen X would always refer to a particular age group. This age group can be loosely concluded between 16-22 years. The term Generation Y and more recently Generation Z (births post 9/11), have been termed not by thinkers or scholars, more like an intense word-of-mouth gibberish. The original order goes this way: Interbellum Generation -> Greatest Generation -> Silent Generation -> Baby Boom Generation -> Generation X -> Generation Y -> Generation Z. So now what goes after Z? Generation A? Generation Alpha? You see, the more recent coined terms have no impact or seriousness as the term Gen X did. So to sum it up, Gen X would generally be referred to as the ‘current’ youth. Lastly, I thank you for your valuable opinions, it is encouraging to see supporting readers and also at the same time, criticism moulds out the perfectionist. With the year 2010 approaching, I hope to contribute the little I can to this great platform we call I wish you all and the entire staff at a prosperous New Year.

  • khateeb, DUBAI-UAE

    Thu, Dec 31 2009

    Dear Ridhan, A very useful article for the 'New Generation', well paced with a lot of practical examples. Excellent job,Well done-Keep it up! Anwar & Shaukath

  • sunny naik, mangalore

    Wed, Dec 30 2009

    nice work ridhan..

  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    If we allow the youngsters of Mangalore to do to what they are doing and allow the communal forces to play their tricks on our young children, then there is no doubt Mangalore is going to go to dogs...!!!???? Mr. Mohammed Ridhan, I am not writng about your article, I am writing about your concern.

  • Abu Mazin (Ali), Riyadh, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Nice article Ridhan. Keep on writing thru Daijiworld. I am a friend and class mate of your father Rafiq Assadi, wishing you all the best.

  • Abdul kareem kalmata, bandiyod/Riyadh KSA

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Nice article Dear James here is the link to know Gen X and Gen Y

  • Kevin Monis, Dubai / Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Let the Legends step down.True they have done their work!Its time for us to take the mantle..its high time! the city needs Gen X to bring it in likes of any big coastal city!! Good Article Ridhan!

  • James Fernandes, Barkur,USA

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Yes, Sir, Satish: "It's a lovely story, of a man from nowhere who wanted to learn, along with other two", says google. Yes, Sir, Prashanth: Google has the benevolent answers to those who have the humility to ask.

  • prashanth, Mlore

    Tue, Dec 29 2009

    Dear James... When I googled i got proper ansewer what Gen X and Gen Y means. Can you do the search again with proper word? u will suerly find the answer.... "When life throws you a question...thn google has the answer" Jai google

  • Sathish.Shetty, mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2009


  • James Fernandes, Barkur, USA

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Hello Mr. Mohammad Ridhan: Will you please explain what you mean by Gen-X and Gen-Y, or how this terminology came about? When I googled, I got responses as Chromosome-X, or Chromosome-Y. Pandith Bhoja Rao had told me half a century ago, "If you know: Teach. If you are rich: Share. And if you don't know: Ask." Thank you.


    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Dear Ridhan good thinking but to say, present generation teaching will satrt from LKG that i am so n so. the teacher have to start teaching that "WE ARE ONE" not you and yours. we take always to guide good to the new generation and can try to take good things from them for the nation. Ridhan take your article to reach each and evry person who loves our nation. The young generation to take a challenge on your article for which the parents to support their real achivement.

  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    The so called Gen-Y should not repeat the mistake what the Gen-X did to them. Gen-Y should find out from their child what he/she want to become, they should put them in an institute which make them understand whatever is taught in the class, they should not encourage their child to pass their bucks on God for their failure and bribe God to promote them, they should not encourage their ward in this mad competition to score 99.99 marks and make their child a robot made out of a factory. Teach them to be a learned human being and not a literate book-worm.

  • dhara,

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    neat article...good thought which should be spread across

  • Shridhara Achar, Puttur/Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Mangalore once known for its cosmopolitan nature has shred it to some extent. May be due to political influence. But Mangalorean youths have spread out to Bangalore, Mumbai,Gulf, US etc as usual. wherever they go, they make a mark. Thats it.

  • raaz riyadh, mangalore

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Well done Mohammed Ridhan, very good article...

  • Vikram, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Nice Article. The author's kept it simple and short. The message is clear. Just hope it reaches the right people

  • Nawaz, mangalore

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Great work Ridhan.

  • Trisha, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Very good article its indeed message for us all. Well done Ridhan


    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Ridhan your articles inspires our young generation to make name and shine for our future Mangalore. Support from parents needed first then also social support to young generation can make their life meaningful and perfect. “Youth is power” Jai Ho..!!!

  • Stan Ageira, Mulki / Dubai

    Mon, Dec 28 2009

    Should we restrict our assessment only on Generation X, who were born between 1965-78 known to be diverse, savvy and entrepreneurial or is it the time to shift our focus on Generation Y, who were born between 1979-94 with the characteristics of technologically savvy, competitive and self-invented?

  • Ali Haroon, Saudi Arabia

    Sun, Dec 27 2009

    Very good article. Concerned authorities should pay attention to the advice given in the concluding paragraph. Let's join hands and make ready our dear city ready for Gen X.

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