Monday 14 October 2013

Youth into politics- are we missing something?

The parameters set to become a politician in our country are such that if we discuss them at this very moment, there'd be 90% of us (youth) against it. It's a fact, in India you cannot get into politics if you don't have the much required 'contacts'. From the college elections onward, in order to gain something you must take the low road of bribing, giving students what they require and what not! This very point is of a major concern, instead of sincerely fighting the elections, the students standing in the elections must make their voters happy by giving them what they desire and this reaches to a very cheap point of giving them certain things that might not even be appropriate for their age..

At the young age of (19-22) years, one realizes that in order to become successful in politics, bribing perhaps is the way to go. If one starts believing in this from such young age, what do you expect them to believe when they go on to represent political parties at senior levels i.e. if they actually do.

Even if someone in our country wants to get involved in politics, let's say a normal student without any contacts would want to stand up in the college elections, do you think he/she would win? Leave apart the fact whether he/she is rich or not, standing against a student who perhaps has all the contacts required, money to bribe the voters and perhaps even ways to threaten you from not standing in the elections, this all happens, doesn't it? This is the crux of college elections and I do not want to apprehend college elections in a very polite way and take you into a 'make-believe dream world'. I don't want to criticize the whole political structure of our country but certain points must be raised that are in fact even factually correct.

The only ray of hope that the youth of this country today has is that in the near future, a drastic change might happen. We need a political party that symbolizes the sole fact that "youth is the future of tomorrow" because it really is. I'm 16 and I'd be very much interested to get into politics but the questions I ask myself often is - CAN I? I belong to a middle-class family, my family is nowhere near to politics neither am I financially rich, taking all this into consideration, in current scenario of Indian politics I'd be nothing but a "dreamer" to believe that I can actually get into Indian politics.

We must make politics reach to the youth rather than youth reaching to the politics (trying to). Youth Parliament might well be a good way forward. Why can't young students get the opportunity of raising their voices on a platform very similar to that of parliament? Isn't this a bright prospect? Youth Parliament could well turn out to be successful if the government is willing to force it into action. TV channels might even be interested to air it and if certain politicians are willing, they could be present in the youth parliament answering to the questions of the youth. Youth Parliament should first be set up in each metro city of India, having young students involved in it - students that stood up in college elections or school students who have good idea about politics and want to gain more knowledge about it/raise their voice against certain issues.. If our government does enforce this into action, we will surely be on the path towards a brighter change.. :)
Aditya Jha Author

Aditya Jha is 20 years old and has had a passion for writing since a young age. He has had the great honor of being published in the book "blank space", which featured his fictional short story "a writer's tale". He has also published 2 ebooks - Best.Generation.Ever. and An Iron Lady (Autobiography on his grandmother's life). He has great passion for speaking and is a Delhi University Debator - having won various laurels for his speaking.

1 comment:

  1. The problem is - Corrupt people elect corrupt politicians. What ever political structure is brought in, people will find out (innovative) means to cross it and make that system corrupt, because basically they believe in corruption. Only if a movement like IAC reaches the masses and they somehow get convinced against the concept of corruption, can any change happen at the political level.

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