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Monday, Dec 09, 2019

Should young guns join politics?

While many young people are breaking the mould and embracing politics as their career choice, others still consider it as a wicked game, notes Srishti Jha.

delhi Updated: Jun 14, 2008 09:37 IST
Srishti Jha
Srishti Jha
Hindustan Times

An English man had once said, "Politics is the last refuge of scoundrels".

In today's world, if a person is mean, unscrupulous, criminal minded, devious, then becoming a politician is regarded as a right career option for him.

Gone are the days when politics was considered a child's play. The scenario has now changed. There is a demand for educated people in Indian politics who can reason out things and take well-versed decisions to make a difference in current social order.

The Nay Sayers
It's a sheer hard luck of India that its educated populace doesn't realise the importance of being in this field, but then they (we) aren't completely to be blamed.

To join politics in this era could mean losing out on a lot - a respectable career, a family life and morals.

"One should think twice before going for a political career unless one's family has prepared a strong political base," comments Aditi, a Mass Com. Student.

Youth is the future of politics
However some of the young educated students feel that one should join politics and bring about a revolution that is the need of the hour. "Student politics is essential. We are the future and we can bring about a difference," says Amir Hasan, a worker of the SFI union.

But not all from the younger lot are game for politics as a career option.

Says Sumit, a Political Science student at JNU, "Politics as a career option is for a few who are willing to take chances. Generally sons and daughters of leaders or "famous people" attempt that.

But now one can witness a variation in the thought process of the young task force. The upcoming student unions in the universities, the biggies like BJP and UPA supporting them is indeed a good sign. The young guns like Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Pilot, etc are certainly making a marked difference and their outlook and principles diverge from the older ones. The young brigade has observed the stagnation that is prevailing and are ready for a change.

It is the need of the hour to realise that the politicians are coming from the society and they are not bad or good; they are there to work on our terms and priorities as well.

So, it seems, the time is right to create a youthful, new India.