Role Of Youth In Shaping Future Of Indian Politics
Today India has the largest number of youth in the world. If they choose to serve the nation substantially, they must understand the machinery of our democracy and share their strong shoulders to steer the wheels to the direction they want
India as a practising democracy has always been celebrating her pluralistic, socio-cultural and political polarity. Beneath the sheath of our political, religious and other identities, we do possess a spirit of unity, of being one for this dear motherland.
We mould the divergent ideologies of language, culture and religion into an augmented harmony. The inclusiveness has always been there in the national blood even during foreign subjections, stretching through centuries. The highest manifestation of this inclusion and acceptance is displayed in our youth. Indian youth has contributed considerably in technology, automation, telecommunication and start up eco systems, to name a few. They are leading the entrepreneurial curves in our country and getting applauds globally in the space of science and research with the spirit of inclusion and excellence.
About 34 per cent of India's Gross National Income (GNI) is contributed by the youth, yet there exists a huge potential to increase the contribution of this class of the nation's citizenry by increasing their participation and their productivity in India’s political scenario. (In business, sports, cinema, science and technology, statistics speak the success story of our youth, but what about politics? We have given A Ratan Tata and A Sachin Tendulkar to the world, but how many master politicians are we rearing today? And there falls the shadow.
The problem is that political governance has never been a value adding, crucial education in our subconscious and our youth has not taken up the cross to do away with all the negative connotations associated with our political system.
The very superstructure of our plurality of nation depends on the constitutional substructure. Our constitutional framework is the religion which holds us with an invisible coherence and unity. Today's youth should be the beacon for this change.
In Gandhi's proverbial expression, "You must be the change you want to see in the world."
Charioted by the digital and virtual media, now our youth is having a taste in exchanging dialogues, questioning and discussing about politics and governance. It is now time, they should take part in politics with their indomitable spirit and smart thinking.
Any movement is propelled and is accelerated with the participation of the youth. Our freedom struggle took a volcanic form after the Navy Mutiny , only with student and youth participation. Youth has the power to change, they are exposed to the modern technology and hailing a spirit of global fraternity. Upon analysing the demography of our Lok Sabha MPs since 1999, A study recently found out that for the last 20 years, the average age of Lok Sabha MPs has always been above 50, but in recent times, there are an array of young star politicians like Hardik patel, Jiggnesh Mevani, Anil shetty, Ariya Rajendran, Neha joshi, Aditya Thackeray, Jyotiraditya Scindia who are making their mark nationwide.
India is one of the youngest nations in the world with more than 62 per cent of its population in the working age group (15–59 years) and more than 54 per cent of its total population below 25 years of age. Today India has the largest number of youth in the world. If they choose to serve the nation substantially, they must understand the machinery of our democracy and share their strong shoulders to steer the wheels to the direction they want.
On this National Youth Day we must take a pledge to instil in our youth the passion to excel in politics and governance, towards a prosperous tomorrow, in order to bring about a change that we have been always talking about.
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