Kolkata: The foremost criterion for a nation to be beckoned by growth on all fronts is the active participation of the erudite youth in the political process. Buoyed by their fervour and avidity, fellow countrymen imbibe the pertinacity to reach their goals.
Looking back, the younger lot has always been a pivot behind a movement that has contributed towards nation-building. But, there has been a depleted interest among the college-goers to make a foray into politics in India. The lure of lucrative assignments with a hefty pay package has dissuaded the literate youth from being part of the political milieu. If the eyebrows twist, adjust to it. We are distraught.
Adolescence pushes one to move on with nary a glance towards anything political. The youth love to vilify our leaders who fail to influence their perceptions. Turning over the ‘Politics’ pages of a newspaper has become a convention and we dare not blame the young readers.
This perceptible miff at politics can be attributed to an agonising absence of political icons who can be revered and followed. Unfortunately, India at 75 is at a stalemate bereft of aptitude and imagination. There is a dearth of leaders who can infuse a sense of confidence in the youth with their ideology.
Afflicted by corruption, personal vendetta and political promiscuity, today’s India falls short and is found wanting. The statis is augmented by a lack of decorum and decency in parliamentary affairs. The recent monsoon session lost hours thanks to the ruckus orchestrated by a certain section — out here we are not taking sides. Be it the treasury or the opposition benches, odious dramas with the motive of garnering some mileage do not set a positive example. These aberrations further distance even the interested ones from taking the political plunge.
Such is the plight that inflammatory and disgraceful statements keep politicians in the limelight with their bosses pampering them to the hilt. What do the youth pick up then?
The consequences are menacing. Benighted individuals enter the fray — neither do they stick to any ideals nor do they have the passion to serve the nation and its people. The paucity of employment opportunities drives them to support top leaders and be party to their deceit. They shift loyalty at the drop of a hat when a person runs out of favour.
As India celebrates her 75th Independence Day, the future stares down the barrel – the youth have nobody to look up to. Danger looms large but our so-called self-proclaimed political stalwarts would refuse to even budge.
We are disillusioned, frustrated and worried! But the show must go on and it will!