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Life?s not just one big party for the Delhi youngsters as babudom plans a few checks, writes Sonal Srivastava.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 16:01 IST

What’s the young got to do with India’s babudom? A lot, apparently. Just check out the series of measures that have come out of the corridors of power in recent times — first, it was the acceptance of the Mandal Commission report, next came the order to shut down night clubs at the mid-night hour, and before you could take a breather, a bill has been drafted which is aimed at curbing the rights of the TV channels. And we thought that this is the age of free flow of information.

It seems that the law enforcers are determined to play spoilsports just when the twenty somethings were beginning to work hard and party harder.


Tushar Raheja, 22, an IITian who also has a book under his sleeve, says, “The government should do the ground work carefully to assess who are the real beneficiaries of the laws passed and then act.”

On the issue of reservation, he adds, “Nobody is against helping people but the help should be rightly directed and should not be simply on caste basis.” The issue related to the early shut down of the pubs and bars during the soccer matches is likely to hit the young the most just at a time when they are soaking into every moment of the football fever.

Entrepreneur Monish Bali feels, “During the time of the World Cup final, the timings for shutting down pubs and bars should be extended as maintaining law and order in India should not be a problem since we don’t have a history of soccer riots.”

Remote control

Though, when it comes to channels going overboard for gaining better TRPs, many agree that there is a need to draw the line. About the proposed broadcasting bill, Rajeev Shukla, MP and Congress spokesperson feels: “There is no reason to worry as there will be changes in the draft before it goes to the Parliament.” But should the state hold the remote control? After all, power can be put to better use than debating the Valentine’s Day or the freedom of the media, isn’t it?