The Politics of Youth

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Politics in India has always been a process has been driven essentially by the past and there in lies an inherent contradiction in the very system, The framework of politics and the political setup is essentially meant to take its subject forward and in most cases in a manner that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. It is here and in this regard that a greater role for the youth is envisaged and called for especially for a country like India. The youth has been essentially projected as a generation that is inherently carefree and more intent on working in a secure job with a good salary rather than get involved in politics let alone join it. Though the media is to be blamed for such image one can’t rubbish the claim as absolutely false too. Lots of factors has gone into this, increased competitiveness has made people run for high-profile jobs, in fact it being outside India is considered a bonus. Family pressures add to it with families considering politics as nothing but an ugly mess.

A closer look would reveal that they are not to blame too, for the current crop of politicians have done nothing to merit an image that is in clear departure from the one in common perception. The youth too in probability has taken the image of a politician to be that of a old worn out man driven by a strong ideology that is sometimes even hard lined. So citing the ugliness of the political setup, he runs off to his six figure salary. But all that seems to have changed now, the youth has always been a latent source of boundless energy since ever, the prime example being that of Bhagat Singh. It slowly but surely is coming out of a rather “politicised” image of itself. Given that the Constitution of India does not accede great powers to the youth, it is doing its best within the given framework and the recent Jaago Re campaign as well as the Earth Hour initiatives have shown, Today’s youth is eager to speak his mind and not shy away from participating in political debates in various forums.

It is important for the youth to realise (and the process seems to have begun) that it is the policies of today that is going to affect HIS future and that it makes it that much more imperative for him to have an opinion and then share and discuss it. It is important to engage in political debates and discussions as it leads to building up of a common idea or viewpoint, something that a Democracy like ours is meant to achieve. Given that our powers of “participating” in politics is “restricted” so to say, it is important to for us to so what we can and that can range from a simple task like asking your relatives/neighbours to go to vote or work in the social sector/NGO’s for a noble cause. It is also imperative for us to shy away from the dark side of politics that is associated with colleges and universities, something that served as a backdrop for Anurag Kashyap’s “Gulal”.

Though it is okay to create and join groups on social networking sites and participate in solidarity marches. It is really a waste if one let goes of that created opinion of wanting to change the future, and the way of existence today because it the politics of past has anyway done much to shape up a rather shaky present, the same should not happen with the future, more so because we ARE the future.
Mridul Kumar

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