Wednesday, September 8, 2010


We are a nation with highest number of young population .In the last couple of years, there is a lot of focus on involvement of young blood in politics. Stastically, more than 50% of Indians comprise youngsters, hence we can presume the figure to be around 55 crores. It will be only fair to identify the category to which the young population belongs.

CATEGORY 1-About 25 crore belong to the category who earn less than Rs 20/day. Those with empty stomach and unclothed bodies can vote for only those who pay them for votes. They don’t belong to any party, any religion or caste. They belong to the poor class, hence can’t form an opinion.

CATEGORY 2-These are those youngsters (students or otherwise) belonging to either political or business families. For them politics is out of choice (dynastic) as a career or need to further business interests. They run the govt, they fund the govt, and they help form the govt.

CATEGORY 3-These are the ones who actually have the time and inclination to read, compare, express, analyse and change the face of the nation. This category consists of students, employed, unemployed but most of them are focused and cannot be taken lightly.

Two recent incidents will confirm to my statement.

Recently, Chairman Planning commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia was in Kolkata addressing students. One would have expected students to interact with him on serious issues (from politician’s point of view).What turned out was an anti climax. Students were angry about inflation and perhaps could not get a satisfactory reply from him. Rotten eggs and tomatoes were thrown at him and he had to be whisked away by security staff. WHY? Well more reason than one—as chairman of planning commission, for the last 15 months, he has been predicting various dates for inflation to come down, which hasn’t happened and the other reason being his closeness to PM. So, inflation, governance, accountability are issues with the students and they can express with anger.

Last week, Delhi University Students Union elections were held. DUSU has been in control of congress‘s NSUI for the last 12 yrs. It is rumoured that this time the candidates were handpicked by Rahul Gandhi. Congress may want to underplay this defeat but it may be a setback, especially when congress is on students membership drive. Delhi students have expressed their anger and sent a strong msg about inflation, corruption in CWG. Inflation, corruption, governance are issues with students and they can express anger.

In the coming years, it is the category 3 youngsters, opinion formers, educated, prospective leaders, who will decide the fate and face of this nation as they don’t need sermons’, caste divide, region divide and religion fuel. They will bridge the gap between India and Bharat.

PAPPU is still awaiting Roti-Kapada-Makaan


posted 08/10/10, b k chowla