Youth in Politics
Ever since the
poll results of the 15th Lok Sabha are out every body is talking
about the young elects of the nation. These politically young (although
under 40ís) are the issue in almost in all forums, blogs, print
and other media. Although this 15th LS has witnessed many changes
like 79 under 40ís, more than 10% of women M.Pís (58), the youngest
MP Muhammed Hamdulla Sayeed (26 Years), so on and so forth. The
real scenario which is ought to be changed seems to be not changed
yet. Nothing has changed. The power is vested in those hands, in
which it has been for so many years. Consider the names of the persons
who have been embraced by the various portfolios.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, R P N Singh, Jitin Prasada,
Arun Yadav, Pratik Prakashbapu Patil. These names remind me
of some thing. Yes, these names consist of the sir names of those
who served our nation in various political cadres in the past. It
seems that the family dynasty era has reentered our country. From
the early 1900ís, in India, it was only the business that was run
by the families and it seems now the turn came for the politics.
So nothing has
changed or I didnít see any thing new, like if it is P.A Sangma
earlier it is Ms. Agatha Sangma
now and Sachin pilot in the place of Rajesh Pilot.
Is that a real change that is going to turn the political
scenario or the pace of countries growth? These politically
young scions from years are part and parcel of their family
run politics in one way or the other. There may be a chance
that they were accustomed to see the things from the same
window, which their hierarchical heads of the family had show
them. Can they come out of the vicious circles of money, political
games, power, caste etc to reach the hand of the common man,
to lift him from various adversities like poverty, illiteracy,
basic amenities that he has been facing from the years?
The lives of
many of our countryís political gurus have gone in the process
of protecting their seats in politics, satisfying their whims
and fancies at the cost of common manís needs and now came
the members of the same families to reinforce India. So, nothing
has changed (it seems).
Wait, I for
got something, it seems something has got changed. Just consider
the names we have considered earlier. Agatha Sangma (Lawyer
by profession and also an environmentalist) Jyotiraditya Scindia
(Worked as an Investment Banker with Merrill Lynch and Morgan
Stanley. MBA from Stanford), Sachin Pilot (Worked for 2 years
with General Motors. Studied at Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania),
R P N Singh (Graduated from St Stephen College, New Delhi),
Jitin Prasada (Did his MBA from IMI, New Delhi), Arun Yadav
(He is a Commerce graduate.
He enjoys cricket
and badminton), Pratik Prakashbapu Patil
(Diploma holder in Automobile Engineering). Yes, this is a point
to be given a look. It seems that we have found a ray of hope for
the uplift we have been waiting for. In the current global scenario
where the neighboring countries are suffering from internal conflicts
and some are piling the nuclear resources and posing a threat for
Indiaís sovereignty and in some countries our people are being assaulted
due to racial discriminations. What India needs is the proactive
leadership not a reactive one which the country is experiencing
hitherto. The young India is characterized by individuality, inquisitiveness
and aspiration to achieve. These are the qualities that need to
be adopted by the so called politically young elects of the country.
May with their sound knowledge which they have gained from the premium
institutes in the world and using the experiences which they have
got from their families and mixing it with their intuition, these
young guns can give a new face to the India by accelerating its
Yes, there is a need
for a proactive leadership rather than a reactive one and as an
optimist I strongly believe that the change has begun and if not
today definitely in the near future these young politicians are
going to keep India in a glorified position with their educational
qualifications, experience from their families and intuition.
Suresh Kumar Ch, I completed B.Tech and doing my M.B.A now.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are purely that
of the Contributing Writer.