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Politics in India has become a business. There were the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Shaheed Bhagat Singh, who thought of their country as their bride and their motherland. Our freedom fighters had the passion to even lay down their lives for India. They sacrificed their youthfulness to ameliorate our lives.


However, it is a shame that our leaders today are mere politicians and not leaders. Consider the havoc that Raj Thackeray has wrought in Mumbai, just to garner some votes. He goes by the tactics of his business. He strategizes and plans his action just for his vested interests. He has raised passions and struck terror and he seems to be invincible too, because no sooner than he was arrested, he got released on bail.


The cash-for-vote scandal is a perfect example of how our nation’s interest is measured and bartered. The nuclear deal is a great feat for India. It has brought us in the league of the most favoured nations, who, despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, have access to the nuclear fuel.


Now, the filth that was associated with the No Confidence Motion is infamously famous. A few MP’s throwing cash, covered on national television, exposed India to the ridicule of the world. Moreover, the NDA opposed the deal just for the sake of opposing it. Kapil Sibal, the minister for Science and Technology, revealed on national television that L.K.Advani had personally consented to the deal, but he backed out because of party inclinations against it.


The UPA too is not free from blame. Even as they have recorded their names in the glorious history of India’s nuclear struggle, all of us know that they did pay money to the MP’s. Otherwise, the ten BJP MPs who cross voted in the parliament would not have done so.


The Congress is busy appeasing the Muslims, so much so that it wants an enquiry into the Batla House encounter. The BJP accuses the UPA of being soft on terror, but when it comes to the punishment of ‘Hindu terrorists’, it says that there is no Hindu face of terror, but it is only Islamic terrorism that wrecks destruction.


So overall, what we are seeing is debauchery, corruption and self-interest. Politics is devoid of any ethics. No moral code that is followed; what is followed is only vote bank politics. What can the Indian youth do to combat this inborn political terrorism?


Youngsters today are seen to be great powerhouses of talent and change. A lot of hope rests on us to do something extraordinary, which can displace this amoralistic face of Indian politics. Movies like Rang De Basanti have inspired the youngsters to lay down their lives for their country.


However, sadly, not many of us want to enter into active politics. The state is such that just a few years ago, advertisements were telecast, urging the youth to enroll in the Indian army. We blame and crib about the state of politics in India, but we ourselves abstain from taking a corrective action.


Youngsters are ambitious and most of us want to lead a luxurious life. We want to make quick money and for that, a job in an MNC is the most coveted option. Thus, majority of the youth lacks vigour and passion towards our country.


There is a need to realize and feel responsible towards our motherland. This cannot happen with mere words and a few patriotic movies. We all can contribute in our own little ways and lead to the betterment of our nation.


In the campus, there are many youth organizations which aim at infusing a sense of accountability among the youth, towards our country. When the courts were delaying the verdicts in Jessica Lal, Priyadarshini Mattoo and Nitish Katara cases, an organization called the United Students in the Delhi University campus aimed at bringing justice for the victims. They used to organize rallies and protests. Ultimately, this cohesiveness of the youngsters and citizens did deliver the sufferers, and succeeded in bringing the culprits in the docks.


You probably blame the Municipal Corporation for not maintaing hygiene and cleanliness in your area. So, what should you do? Bring together all the youngsters in your colony and start a cleanliness drive. Dispose off the garbage around your home, around your building and around your society and ask fellow youngsters to do the same.


Ask questions and demand answers from the authorities. Make use of the Right To Information Act (RTI). If the authorities do not listen to you, take the help of the local media so that their lapses are brought into focus.


No one perhaps is a born hero. Circumstances make you a hero. The daring story of the young IIM graduate, S.Manjunath, is an illustration of this. He could not tolerate the deceit of a petrol pump owner who used to sell adulterated fuel. This made him seal his petrol pump and once, when he conducted a surprise raid, he found him selling adulterated fuel. In this tussle, he lost his life, but his ideals have left an indelible mark on the youth.


We are the leaders of tomorrow. We have to be heroic in our own way. We should not expect others to guide us; we first have to take the torch and guide others. We have to be the change ourselves, and then a better life will welcome us and we will breathe in fresh air, free of corruption and crime.


Sakshi Denis



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