Role of Youth In Indian Politics

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Democracy is the buzz word for our political system. But is it really so? Is it democracy that a nation where a majority of population is below 40 elects a majority of people above 60 to power? Are we really satisfied with the way our country is being governed? Should it not bother us that at the age people generally take retirement and rest, our politicians actually become eligible to be at the helm of affairs? Why is it so that people below 50 years are considered as political ‘kids’?

The country desperately needs some young leaders who personify energy, enthusiasm, morality, and diligence. No doubt we have progressed a lot in the last 62 years but the development pace would have been completely different had some young torchbearers led this process of development.

At the time of independence, Gandhi called upon the youth to participate actively in the freedom movement. Young leaders likes Nehru came to his reckoning and led the movement. But this is not the case now. Nowadays we have only a handful of young leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Pilot, Varun Gandhi etc, but they are in the political scenario because they belong to influential political families. It is next to impossible to find a young leader with no political family background in the furor of politics.

There can be two reasons for this deplorable scene of Indian politics. One may be that the youth today are not interested in actively participating in the political field. They are content with what they are doing and how the country is being governed. But this reason seems to hold no ground seeing the discontent shown by the youngsters towards cases like reservation, Jessica lal murder case etc. The youth of modern India are aware of the problems facing our country and the world at large. Given a chance they would be ready to change the political condition of the country for better.

Second reason may be that young people are not given opportunities to prove themselves claiming that they are not equipped with experience to participate actively in the governance of the country. This reason seems to be more logical seeing the monopoly of old leaders in almost all the major political parties of the country. Old people should realize that proper development can take place only when they make way for younger people to take control of the activities.

There are few things which need to be clarified. One that youngsters do not mean people who are 20 years old with no experience at all. Youth in this context is meant to refer people in their 30’s or early 40’s with a good mix of energy and experience. Two, it is not intended to mean that old people should leave the political scene and rest. What is wanted is that they should be there but for guidance because they are treasures of invaluable experience.

There are a few things which I would like to suggest. There should be a retirement age for politicians as well which may be around 65 years. There should also be some educational qualification for politicians. How can we give those illiterates the key to our country whom we can not give the key to our house? People with serious criminal background should not be allowed to contest elections.

As for the youth of our country, they can contribute in more ways than just contesting elections. Much can be done in areas like educating people, raising awareness about various social ills, and many other areas.

We can just wish that the next time we go to vote we find more names of youngsters who can make our country a better place to live in.

Rohit Jain

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  1. great article…at present the talented never gets the spotlight…sportsman’s son become sportsmen,actor’s son become actors and politician’s sons and daughters become politicians.please dont reply that “there are chances for others too”.of course there are…may be one from a hundred.our country is totally corrupt at present.once youths graduated from IIT participated in election.you can use your fingers to count the votes received by them.most people dont even know this.that is our country’s situation.we must change this.dont know how many will support me but definitely i will try my level best to change all these things and i am sure that i will succeed.

  2. As per me i know only one true leader his name is sushant mundkar.a person who are in grassroot from last 6 years.really great man no words to explain his great work.if possible then must put his thought on site..
    Jai Hind

  3. Vineet Kumar , on January 26th, 2011 at 11:01 am Said:

    Well… very good article. i also liked the comments made by quarks. i think the main thing which is stopping the youth to enter into politics is 1. Money 2. Muscle power
    e.g. if i take my own example.
    I would like to put forward a point from my prospective, since i believe that most of the prospective eligible candidate in our country are from as ordinary background as mine or of similar kind. i am from a farmer background, i am highly educated, working in very good International organization in Environment Management, which is directly related to the general public. As per my understanding, i think i have most of the qualities required to become a good Politician / administrator / reformer / etc etc…or if i dont have one then i have the capability to learn those things which are required as per the situation. also i feel highly motivated to do something meaningful in my life for my country and for the humanity at large. i am a youth in my later 20′s, highly energetic, can motivate the people around me by my own action. etc etc etc…. so as per my understanding i may prove a good candidate(though in reality, may be initially people assess me otherwise ), if not better. But when i think about it. i really dont know, from where to start. i dont have any political background, neither i belong to a big business family with lot of money to spend, and most importantly neither i have that muscle power (gang, group of youths ready to fight to anyone). We all know that the ground reality to fight a election is that following things are must (even though we have a very good understanding & solutions of social, economical problems people facing on day to day basis, and know that what are the steps required to build a Developed India, Super Power in true sense, or have that capability to organise the people to execute the work for a particular good cause):

    1. Money :
    to meet unavoidable election expenditures
    to promote the candidature (to tell the public that Who We are…?)
    to make aware to the people about our election agenda
    to convince the people, that why should they give vote to us.
    for election rallies
    for banner poster,& other administrative expanses etc etc etc..

    2. Muscle Power :
    required in situation where other political opponents will try to dominate you by any mean.
    in current scenario, it is compulsory to have some dedicated strong person to support you, to protect you in any situation.
    since after winning the election, candidate will have access to lot of money and power. so your political opponent can go to any extent to win the election.

    3. Ideology: what kind of ideology you are going to follow to launch you development programme.

    Ideally case may be anything, but i feel in reality, atleast above mentioned things are must to enter into politics.
    actually it seems that now a days whole political system has become such that it is almost next to impossible for an ordinary citizen (though may be with good administrative abilities and good knowledge) to become a representative of the people in true sense. so that we may have the power to change the system in the way, in which we want it to be, so that it truly can work for the public by the public. lets see what future has in store for us. because in Hindi there is a proverb: jahaan Chah wahaaan Raah…!!!!!…..JAI HIND.

  4. MRITUNJAY , on January 19th, 2011 at 3:29 am Said:

    THE MAIN REASON YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING IN POLITICS IS THE BAD RESULTS AND DIRTY POLITICS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION THAT TODAY’S TRADITION IS DIFFERENT PEOPLE WANT TO STRONG THEIR FAMILY AND HENCE THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR FAMILY MEMBER IN THEIR JOB.

  5. Why have the youth voluntarily renounced their right to vote? By not exercising their right to vote are they making a subtle political statement?
    I wondered if this abstention is due to the fact there is an absence of worthwhile opportunities for raising their political awareness before they acquire the right to vote. The traditional modes of participation like student union elections are largely nonexistent. Student politics has always mirrored the concerns and preoccupation of national politics and is a report of what is happening in the broader society. For the youth it is a period of apprenticeship in the culture of parliamentary democracy, a recruiting ground for political cadres, and it incubates the future political leadership. The JP movement of 1974 is a case in point. One may not agree with either the agenda, or the philosophy behind the “Total revolution” but who can deny the reality of the ‘radical youth’ with their unabashed enthusiasm and utopianism or the momentousness of the occasion?

    Or is it because the nature of politics today offers no scope for romantic idealism to the youth? What is there for them to be passionate about? There are no radically different visions of society on offer-visions which can captivate their imagination or inspire hope. All the parties dish out the same trite agenda whose similarity and repetitiveness emit a stale odour which you can catch from miles away. Nor for that matter the farcical change of the hearts and minds which compels large scale migration of members from one political club to the other holds their interest. The youth know they would be better occupied following the fortunes of their favourite sports stars –their movement from Milan AC to Real Madrid or from Kolkata Knight Riders to Chennai Super kings.

    Arthur Miller had once observed that our political life, thanks to 24/7 TV is now “profoundly governed by the modes of theatre, from tragedy to vaudeville to farce.” The television is both a powerful ally and a useful tool through which the politicians try to project themselves as characters that they are not. In the live telecast of the proceedings of the houses representatives appear to have very few stakes in what goes on in the house. At their most radical, they can only throw a couple of chairs taking care not to cause hurt to their assumed adversaries or get hurt themselves. Even as a spectacle it comes out a loser in terms of audience preference for programmes like WWF.

    But even if the youth somehow overcome their aversion there are not very many of them left to vote. A very significant section of them has been forced to become absentee voters out of dire necessity. They have joined the exodus to Delhi, to Poona, to Bangalore or wherever they see opportunity for decent education. And those not endowed with wealth or work are similarly forced to migrate in search of livelihood.

    I realized that I had only questions, no answers, only hypotheses and speculations no hard theories. Obviously, I could not get under the skin of the young generation, I could not think like them. But I tried to make an effort of imagination, a nimble leap across the years. What would I be doing, say, if I were eighteen today? Would I listen to the elderly rubbish and make a beeline to the nearest voting booth? In the absence of ideology and idealism, faced to choose between hedonism and nihilism where would I be standing. I am ashamed to admit that I found myself merging into the character of that deeply connected youth in that interesting commercial, in spiritual communion with his mobile, knocking down kids and flower vases, ready to fall off malls. In that state of supreme connect, who would care for the vote?

  6. Kusuma Bhoyi , on November 19th, 2010 at 9:39 am Said:

    Thought provoking artical. More practical examples of youth entering politics and making a change to our country would be usefull to youths interested in participating. Some simple ways how we can make a difference as an individual.

    eg: Not bribing for anything ,raising our voice against corruption and cheating in our day to day life, teaching our children about such values from childhood,etc….

  7. thanks for your article. most of my friend discuss a lot regarding politics. we plan to start a social movement. which incorporates different things other than polictics. we plan to develop a student group accross the state, with the help of that group we plan to help the people by physical work and money. physical work means by building roads etc. another thing is act as a opposition party in the state, not like assembly..by opposing worst plans and put cases in supreme court. because iam coming from tamilnadu. state full of free free to the people. but i have one strong confident about the people. bcs we are the first people to throw away the Strong congress rule. dont mistake me of speaking about my state than my country. bcs if everyone develop our state than our country will automatically develop…

  8. dear friend it is necessary that youth should participate in politics,but i think we are not getting that chance. still we can help our country by using our rights and making people aware of the importance of voting.

  9. http://www.vimeo.com/13184429
    watch this video …
    Its about Indian Youth’s take on politics!!

  10. Aradhana Santoshi , on May 18th, 2010 at 3:13 am Said:

    yes i truely agree that politics is incomplete without the participation of the youth .it can be seen that status of youth is taken very low that they can’t take right decision for their country, thats why they are not permitted or u can say not allowed to take part in politics .

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  12. sandeep siddappa , on October 28th, 2009 at 5:11 am Said:

    Firstly it an interesting read and a good topic to debate.

    Totally agree that there should be an overhaul of the Indian political scene by nourishing good talented youths, but no party seems to have a clear vision, except for the few mainstay !

    Do the pedigrees of dynasty politics really understand the deep routed problems of the country ?

    Participation of youths too is not so encouraging as it’s not rewarding and can only be banked for part time !

    Professionals joining the mainstay will take a long time and few would keep off track because they simple cannot understand the largess of the political lingo.

    People with any act of felony/charges/misdemeanors/offence should be disqualifies but equally there is no guarantee that qualified people with keep essential protocols !

    Country of youth need to take the onus of change perception and walk hand in hand with seniors and take a leap jump.

  13. yar yu r great……

  14. RADHA KUMARI , on August 11th, 2009 at 3:33 am Said:

    IT IS A GOOD ARTICLE.

  15. quarks , on May 16th, 2009 at 4:05 am Said:

    I guess this article another one of those rantings about the lack of ‘youthfulness’ in Indian politics. But I wont ask the question of if and (if not) why the author does not himself participate actively in politics.

    That apart, the first reason discussed by the author seems valid. But ‘Given a chance they would be ready to change the political condition of the country’ — There has been no lack of opportunities for the youth. Its just that the political scenario is already too corrupt for a single pious individual to survive let alone make changes. Further nearly every party, regional or national often has a leadership that tries to bubble its own family to the top. The author has rightly pointed out that young people from only the politically strong families enter politics.

    Another reason why not ,many people enter politics is because it is not financially as rewarding as other avenues of occupation. And it requires a lot of effort to reach a successful political position.

    Coming to the sugestions, retirement age for politicians??? Comical. Why may I ask?? Seriously cannot find a good reason…

    Educational qualification – why again? No school is going to teach you how to be a good administrator. Further, the atrocities committed by learned crooked are even more serious than the crimes of the uneducated.

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