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Youth in Politics – Part I

December 8, 2008

       In the past 20 to 30 years if we all think, we couldn’t see any leader who can be called as leader in Indian politics. Most of the people who become politicians are criminals, relations of politicians, actors and some good people. But those good people never held the higher offices. So is the situation changed now? No, is the clear cut answer. As a dialogue comes in the film ‘dark knight’ the things are worse than ever. So what needs to bring our nation out of the hands of this corrupted politicians and officials? Young people with the real intention of serving this nation and its people must come into politics and clean up this whole dirty system prevailing here. So I thought of writing about these on following directions: why we need our people to come into politics now, what obstacles they have infront of them and how they can overcome them. Here I presented my views on why we need our young people to take up the mantle.

 Times are changing, so as the people. So why should we have the same leaders whom we know that not performing well, doesn’t have the futuristic eye to solve the problems, corrupted, and with questionable integrity. Youth is the power that India has in its hands to develop itself into a superpower. India needs its fresh legs and intelligent minds to carry it forward.

               How many of the current crop of political leaders command respect from the people including us? The answer is no one. If there are some means, they will be too few. They are no match to the leaders lived some 50 years ago like Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr.Ambedkar, Kamaraj, Lalbhadur Shastri, and many more. They are the times when leaders feared that what people will think of us if we do something wrong and cared about the welfare of this nation.

           A leader must lead from the front and show the way to their people. Unfortunately our present leaders are not much good in it. They are ready to play the blame games but not ready to address the issues. They are not taking responsibility if things were going wrong. They are not ready to accept their failures. Until a politician considers the politics is a business, things are not going to change. With the kind of leadership available today no youngster will be groomed well in politics and he will become another ordinary, corrupted man.

           An ordinary man wants somebody at the helm who can see the things better, who can change the face and fate of this nation and who is responsible. Then why he is voting for somebody he doesn’t want to? Because he is left with no choice and he must choose better of the inefficient. Another one is that it is a duty of him/her. He doesn’t know about the 49-O rule in our constitution through which he can exercise his vote as he doesn’t want to vote for anybody. He was being betrayed by the political parties which are giving some attractive offers to cast his vote for them.

        Now the only qualification to become a politician and moreover to be in power, is being a relation of a politician. If you see all the parties in our country be it in centre or state, there is no difference in the situation. A real qualified person never gets a election ticket and the one who is faithful to the leader of party enjoys much respect. There is no respect for a last line party worker, who was the real heartbeat of a partyand he doesn’t enjoys anything other than a pocket of briyani and some liquor during the party meetings or conferences.

           There are politicians who just says that youth must not enter into politics because they are fearing that what may happen if they question their way of work in politics, whose actions are depend on the way how to attract the votes and not keeping the welfare of this nation. 

          With so many reasons provided above which justifies some good young people must take up the mantle, what stops them from getting into politics?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2008 4:54 am

    Heyy….Merry Chirstmas and Happy New year 🙂

    my christmas present to u is here waiting to be picked up

    Hope u enjoy 🙂


    kanagu: Thank you Sahaja.. I am in endless joy now.. For the first time in my lifetime I am receiving a award and a Christmas present.. Surely I am enjoying it 🙂

  2. December 9, 2008 4:21 pm

    @ Kanagu : It seems you really like snow 🙂
    Anyway I want to point to some factual inaccuracy in your post. The constitution has no such thing as 49-O. I have seen some idiotic emails circulating which claim such a thing. Although there is a Conduct of Elections Rules-1961 which has a clause called 49-O which states :

    “49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his

    electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters

    in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as

    required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his

    vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in

    Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb

    impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.”

    This of course does not affect the outcome of any election in India. Even if one voter votes the candidate who gets that one vote should win.

    kanagu: I always love snowfall.. and for that I have changed my theme too to get the maximum effect 😀
    Oh.. I didn’t know about that Odzer before.. I thought that in a constituency if a person who gets maximum numbers of votes is less than the no. of votes recorded under 49-O rule then there will be re-election. I am searched in google too now. But didn’t get anything related to my view. Thanks for the info odzer 🙂
    So we have no choice now but to elect the best of the evils 🙂

  3. December 9, 2008 8:22 pm

    Experience. That is what stopping youth from entering and being successful in politics. If the youth really want to change the system or people, first they must have a good understanding of the systems and people that they want to change. Otherwise, it is much easier for them to get changed by the ‘elderly’ politicians.

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: U have made a very valid point DI. I wanted to discuss about them in the coming articles on them. Youths now have a difficulty of chosing their own path and as you said they have to understand the systems by themselves. A herculean task

  4. December 12, 2008 3:11 am

    I agree with DI. Once they get into politics, the youth are led astray by the “elderly” politicians 😡 Even completely youth-led movements become corrupt once they join politics e.g. when the All Assam Students Union (AASU) decided to form the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).

    kanagu: yes.. they don’t have any perfect guides to show the destiny.. thats the biggest drawback in our political system..

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