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I am often asked—“why did you choose political science as your honours course when you had many other options” or “politics is a dirty game so why study it”? Well my answer is — Politics is not a dirty game—it’s the people involved in politics who have made it a dirty power game. “India is the largest democracy—we have been hearing and reading this line in our social science textbooks since childhood”. Apart from reading the line and writing it in exam have you ever wondered what it means? We have the largest democracy, the world’s biggest elections and the maximum number of parties (well, not too sure of whether it is a good or bad thing!!).
But what we do not have is– educated and deserving political leaders who can actually fulfil our desire of making India a developed nation? Politics plays a very important role in our daily lives. Our education, jobs, lifestyle, taxes, transport everything is influenced by political decisions. The youth has been exhorted numerable times to take up politics as a career and have been urged to proactively cast their votes and select a deserving candidate.
But the response is nothing close to great. You ask the youth of India about politics and there’s an answer straight on your face. Who wants to join politics? The youth in India do not look forward to politics as an option for their career and rightly so. There isn’t much to describe about the current state of Indian politics and its impact. Each of the big political scandals in the history of India would reiterate the fact that the present state of our political system refrains the motivated youth from entering into this tainted profession.
Yes, I know it is difficult to enter politics if you do not have a family backing, yes I know you would prefer sitting in an AC office and working in a MNC, yes I realise that it hardly matters about what is going on in the parliament, but still, if not “us”, then “who”? We need people beyond the Yadav’s, Gandhi’s and Thackery’s who have been ruling for decades. We are the future of the nation. It is high time that we actually do something for our country. Don’t you think you can bring in a “change”? Yes it is not easy but just ‘try’, just ‘start’ and things will fall into place. We can surely hope something out from the new age politicians like Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot. Get into politics, work and make sure that the money and power doesn’t corrupt you and your goals. We need politicians who fulfil their promises. Youth power needs to take over. It is necessary that youngsters come out and vote and not consider voting day as another holiday for partying. We do not need politicians engaged in looting, degrading and distorting the integrity of the nation for their personal benefits. We don’t need illiterate representatives who indulge themselves in EVM tampering, intimidation, buying votes, switching parties, calling a bandh, launching unnecessary protests against film releases for publicity or protesting for ban on books.
We are in urgent need of educated youngsters with a stubborn clear mind, an influencing attitude and an urge to remove the ‘corruption’ aspect right from its roots. We have seen some of the example like the reaction of new India to Ayodhya verdict or the recently held CWG 2010. So please come out and lead to bring out a new revolution and fight against the ‘age old theories’ because only ‘YOU’ can. Our country needs good leaders; it needs energetic and passionate youth leaders who are not resilient to changes in their ideologies and who are brimming with new ideas wanting to do something for INDIA….something new, something productive………..It is a call of the 11th hour. If not NOW then NEVER………..
B.A. (Hons) 1st year, Political Science,
Indraprastha College For Women, DU