Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Lack of talented youth in politics is the danger bell for democracy

By Dr. Satywan Saurabh

The future of a country depends on how young it is. All youth between the ages of 15-24 are usually college-going students. His career options include Engineer, Doctor, Teacher, Sports, Defense, and some entrepreneurs. In the context of India in particular, politics is rarely taken as a career option. Thus there is a huge shortage of young talented minds in politics to define and lead the world’s largest democracy. The place has been taken over by those who have criminal charges, illiterate money, and muscle power, jeopardizing India’s vision of becoming part of the League of Super Powers Nation.

Currently, youth and their families are more satisfied with the jobs of private multinationals due to the events of globalization. Youth like Hardik Patel and Kanhaiya Kumar takes a very small percentage in active politics, although there is little response from the government in these cases. The government should actively encourage college politics and recognize student unions so that students can participate actively in politics in later stages.

 ‘Champaran Satyagraha’ is an example of how youth can change the politics of the country. In this Satyagraha, youth like ‘Babu Rajendra Prasad’ emerged as active activists on the call of Gandhiji. Gandhiji prominently associated the youth with the independent movement, resulting in great leaders like ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’, ‘Jawaharlal Nehru’, ‘Sarojini Naidu’, etc. At the same time, the visionary revolutionaries and socialist aims of Yuva Bhagat Singh are still a source of inspiration for the youth of the country.

During the medieval period and the colonial era, the youth had little choice but to take a direct part in politics, yet at that time young people who moved forward in politics became great leaders but after independence, the Constitution of India set the norms that Should be an Indian citizen and minimum age should be 25 years for MLA and MP, 21 years for Gram Panchayat Sarpanch. Thus once their education is complete, they can directly participate in politics.

It is also necessary to bring a change in politics so that it is possible to include the youth who are fighting and studying. In college politics, criminalization has to be stopped and improper expenditure must be controlled. In college politics, the interference of political parties has to be limited and the mobilization of students will have to be stopped for political gains.

For the political development of the youth, autonomous and independent college politics, as well as childhood, should establish the qualities of an ideal leader, this should include the development of the capacity of deliberation and argumentation by the schools. Children have to be given the ability to analyze their surrounding problems through education. Panchayats and municipalities will have to play a big role in the development of political skills among the youth. By training at this level, youth can be prepared for future politics.

Apart from the legal norms, the Parliamentary Committee on Youth Affairs related to the participation of youth in politics should look into the aspects which can encourage the youth to take up politics as a career option. Government initiatives like ‘Mann Ki Baat’ provide scope to connect the youth and create awareness about the problems facing the country and to fight the open defecation and corruption of the youth like ‘Swachh Bharat’, whistleblowers Part of the solution can be made. Anna’s Lokpal agitation, Delhi gang-rape persecution, create political awareness among youth alike.

However, despite all these, the present youth believe that politics is not for them. This is largely due to the image of current politics – persistent corruption such as 2G, coal scams; Money in parliamentary proceedings, use of money and muscle power in elections, frequent collapse of coalition governments, greed for power, politics, and the immoral game of arrest – all of them fear the politics of thinking and keep the youth away, even the mother -Daddy also does not come forward for this option. Encouraging their children to participate in politics is a danger for them. But the present time shows a worrying situation where the youth’s share in politics is falling. Today in our Parliament, only 20% of the leaders below 35 years of age and only 70 to 90 percent of them have come into politics only through family relations.

Youth participation can bring positive change – they are young and innovative who usually work hard in nature, they can be invited in policymaking related to Make in India, a crime against children, corruption, women empowerment, etc. He can be the brand ambassador of Startup India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. At present, youth are being separated from evil forces like drugs, human trafficking, they can be the solution to these problems.

Currently, youth and children in India account for about 55% of the total population. India is a young nation and the fastest growing nation in the world. We need inclusive growth to reap the demographic dividend – youth politics is an untouched area that the government should focus on and innovate to contribute to policymaking. A nation with the largest youth population should not stop at the leaders of Rashtrapati Bhavan after the current dynamic leadership. The above views of the former British Prime Minister show that youth is the time when a person has the power to bring great changes.

Youth is like the air that can change society, politics, and the world at its own pace. The youth has an ooze that keeps them alert to new ideas and they also can learn from the past. When the youth enter politics, the stream of new change flows, and new thinking is created. When the youth returns to politics again, the country will start on the path of development. It is the hope of the youth that they will enter the politics of Dushyant Kumar in his heart and enter politics and build a new country.

 “Sirph hangaama khada karana mera makasad nahin,

 Meree koshish hai kee ye soorat badalanee chaahie |

 Mere seene mein nahin to tere seene mein sahee

Ho kaheen bhee aag , lekin aag jalanee chaahiye”||*

(Author is a Research Scholar in Political Science, University of Delhi. The views expressed are personal opinion of the author. He can be reached at [email protected])

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