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Want MS Dhoni For PM?

On Independence Day, Student Of The Year stars reveal what they think is on young India’s wish list

entertainment Updated: Aug 15, 2012 15:29 IST

As Independent India turns 65 today, we celebrate with fervour and pride. We have a major place in world politics, our cinema is watched all over the world and our cuisine is eaten and praised by all. In sports, we’re striving to excel beyond cricket — this has been our best Olympics performance ever. Yet, issues such as corruption, women’s safety and economic disparity continue to plague us.

But the hope for a safer and more prosperous India rests on the shoulders of its youth. After all, 40 per cent of the country’s population is below 35 years of age. And it’s their fearless ideas and drive that will take us forward.

For instance, model-actor Siddharth Malhotra (who debuts in Student Of The Year) wants mandatory background checks and televised interviews for all politicians, before they are given government positions. His co-star Varun Dhawan, 23, believes that a political leader needs to be calm and be able to stand up to bullies. He thinks MS Dhoni would be perfect for the job.
Clearly, the youth cares. And their ideas are anything but run-of-the-mill.

Siddharth Malhotra
I want mandatory background checks and televised interviews for all politicians.

Alia Bhatt
I want Omar Abdullah as leader of our country. He’s sharp... and fond of golf!

Varun Dhawan
Political leaders need to be calm and stand up to bullies. MS Dhoni would make a perfect politician.

Young India speaks up

What are the issues that concern the youth of the country? The three debutants of Student Of The Year tell us

Siddharth Malhotra, 24
As a youngster, what change would you like to see in India? I hope the authorities give importance to sports. Whoever won the medals (at the Olympics) never thanked the authorities. That’s because they never helped them. Even Mary Kom invested her own money to run her academy in Manipur. All youngsters must be encouraged to take up sports.

Who would you like to see as the leader of our country, and what qualities should he/she possess?
I’d want somebody younger and cooler, and someone who is cultured — not the kind who throw chairs at each other in
the Parliament. I’ve heard Jyotiradtiya Scindia speak. He looks and talks like a classy man.

If you were to become the Prime Minister (PM) for a day, what would you do?
I would do what Anil Kapoor did in Nayak (2001) – throw all the corrupt ones out. I would make some concrete laws, which will last, such as giving scholarships in education and sports. I would also provide facilities to youngsters so they don’t just focus
on education.

Do you think there is any way of eradicating corruption in India?
There’s no instant mantra. I guess if the people ruling the country are more relaxed, they wouldn’t want to rip off common people. Background checks should be done, and they should be interviewed on television.

Varun Dhawan, 23
As a youngster, what change would you like to see in India?
You heard about the Andheri murder case about that guy Reuben? He was a friend. I was shooting in Dehradun when I heard the news and it shook me up. Women’s safety is a grave matter, and we need to stand up for it.

Who would you like to see as the leader of our country, and what qualities should he possess?
I’d like to see someone like MS Dhoni. He is calm, has the right degree of aggression and doesn’t get bullied. And he’s from a small town. I feel that’s where he gets these qualities.

If you were to become the PM for a day, what would you do?
I’ll talk about something that’s close to me, about all these parties being busted in the city. Law and order is necessary, but not like this. Why has the age limit been changed to 25? I want to find out what has happened to Mumbai. There’s so much policing here. Why is there so much surveillance?

Do you think there is any way of eradicating corruption in India?
There’s corruption everywhere. People should begin with following rules, and not encourage bribery.

Alia Bhatt, 19
Would you like to see in India?
Our country has evolved a lot but I don’t like the current situation for women. What happened in Assam was deplorable. It really upsets me. I feel the role of women in society should be supported. On a lighter note, I have just started driving, so I have realised there are so many khaddas (potholes) on the roads (laughs).
I want that changed too.

Who would you like to see as the leader of our country, and what qualities must he/ she possess?
My father (Mahesh Bhatt) is very intelligent (laughs). I keep telling him to become a politician. On a serious note, Omar Abdullah. He’s very sharp and forward thinking. Plus, he is fond of golf (laughs).

If you were to become the PM for a day, what would you do?
I was flying in to Mumbai and saw a lot of blue houses from above. Later, I realised they were slums. I know it’s easier said than done, but it would be great to get rid of slums and give them government-sponsored houses.

Do you think there is any way of eradicating corruption in India?
Honestly, I don’t think it’s possible to go around changing every person. Good education, I feel, can play an important role.