The YouTube poet

Performing in the city for the first time, Hindi poet Kumar Vishwas will capture the youth with his witty words and crisp humour

Hoton pe aasha ho, haath mein tiranga ho... (A wish on one's lips, and the Tri-colour in one's hand). This may be the opening line of a poem written by Ghaziabad poet Kumar Vishwas, but the writer believes that it defines today's Indian youth. On January 30, Vishwas, through these thoughts, hopes to inspire the city's citizens to be the change they wish for the system. "This is the first time I will be performing in Pune. Martyr's Day is a mere four days after Republic Day, and both have a special significance. Thus, I have composed a poem especially for the occasions," says Vishwas, who has been invited to read his poems in the city by Vandemataram Sanghatana at an event titled 'Koi Deewana Kehta Hai'.

Vishwas' works have gone beyond regional boundaries in popularity among netizens. His crisp humour and wit has won him a young audience. Be it more than 10 lakh viewers on YouTube or 15,000 fans on his Facebook page, the poet's works in the national language have inspired thought and expression. His presence in Pune also reflects the group Vandemataram Sanghatana's ideals. The group takes its inspiration from the legendary Bhagat Singh. "A lot of youngsters want to bring about a change in society, but are unable to do so because they can't work solo. And to work in a group usually means political affiliation. That's where we come in we are strictly apolitical," says Vibhav Wagh, the state president for the organisation.

This group of youngsters believes in changing the system not through armchair intellectualism but through active participation in the process of social reform . Believing that a nation's strongest social resource is its youth, they aim to meet the goals of Vision 2020, the plan to make India a superpower. "We work at the grassroot level, because for the top branches to change, it should start from the bottom rung," Wagh adds.

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