Should Youth Join Politics

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Today's young generation seems to be in a state
of confusion. Rapid economic growth has
transformed the nation into a powerhouse but
at the same time religious fundamentalism,
overpopulation and poverty are eating away the
fabric that binds the nation. Riots, scams and social
ills have increased manifold thereby posing a threat
to the very essence of democracy. Such is the state of
Indian politics that even the chief election
commissioner (CEC) of India J M Lyngdoh said that
he would never join politics. Lyngdoh said the entry
of a large number of criminal elements in the fray,
growing incidents of defection in the parties and
unchecked use of huge sums of money by candidates
and parties to win the polls was making politics sicker
every day.
What can be done to improve the political system?
One of the most important reasons for the rot is
that fresh blood has not been infused into politics.
Today's youth have become slaves of technological
revolution, as the only thing on their mind is a
lucrative career.
Their non-involvement in nation building by being
politically non-active has brought in dubious and
corrupt elements into the political arena. The result:
rampant corruption has deprived thousands of
villagers across the nation the right to be part of the
economic development. Some 47 per cent of the
country's 1 billion population is under the age of 20,
and teenagers among them numbering 160 million.
By 2015, Indians under 20 will make up 55 per cent of
the population.
Rural youth, who have been deprived of the right
of education, fall prey to the evil agendas of conniving
politicians cashing in on their illiteracy. Hate-politics,
casteism, communal undertones are the planks used
to blind these uneducated and unemployed youth.
But the case in the urban and semi-urban areas is very
different, educated youngsters loathe the current crop
of politicians and see the entire act of governance as
a farce. To a certain extent,...
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