Monday, May 28, 2012

Old vs Youth....



While going through the newspaper I found it surprising and difficult to believe, that someone like Mr. Digvijay Singh is talking about active participation of youth in Indian politics by replacing older lot of politicians. After further going into the news it was clear that his statement came in a function where he was trying to establish his own son into politics. So in a way he was pleading in favour of his son and not for the entire youth of the country. However this is a separate debate because this post is not about dynastic politics rather its about the "Youth vs Old in Indian politics". So for the moment his statement regarding active participation of youth into governance needs to be taken as face value.

If you look at the current Lok Sabha its average age is 53yrs and this is a matter of concern because such leadership can hardly be expected to address the aspirations of a country which has got the largest youth population in the world.

Let me make it clear here that neither I am against these oldies nor I am questioning their administrative qualities and abilities, undoubtedly most of them are well experienced and highly qualified. In fact we should not forget that these people have the biggest thing to provide to the youngsters and that is their experience but what they lack is the desire to change attitude, where as our youth's biggest strength is their desire to change attitude.

Now if there are only youth in politics then things are going to suffer from lack of experience and hence repeating same mistakes that had been made earlier..... On the other hand if there are only old people then we may have to face a "No Action" like situation where lot of ideas may dwell upon problems rather than taking action with full of energy and determination.

Hence instead of arguing for youth or old, it has to be both...... The plus point in proper combination of both into governance can have two kinds of people working together.....i.e

1 ) YOUTH : Full of energy and enthusiasm to take any action with full determination.
2 )  OLD     : Having heaps of experience from past events.

Therefore for the upliftment of the nation, the old age people as well as youth should work together. They should co-operate and understand one another.

In fact its not only the Lok Sabha but we should have a right mix of young people in every department of the government organisations, because the old people can provide inputs and give feedback on how exactly the system works and the young can implement the same and take risks as they have age on their side.

Moreover by having proper blend of both, at least a signal would be sent across the youth of this country to come forward and take steps in the right direction to lead the country.







30 comments:

  1. Right on the dot Irfan. Nothing succeeds like team work. But oldies should retire from active politics when they reach 60-65 years.Beyond that age they can remain as advisers but allowed to stand for elections.

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    1. yes..there must be an appropriate retirement age for these politicians too...thank you.

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  2. Yes,there are certain MPs who are older than even the parliament itself.
    We have heard of this young Bogey for too long without any action.
    Cngress talks of youth when Rahul had to be brought in.
    Mulayam did that for Akhilesh.
    Digvijay ,you have spoken of.
    How can we expect a 70 yrs old to understand and interact with current average of 35 yrs of age?
    Sitaution is going from bad to worst

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    1. you are right Sir situation is getting worse day by day...lets hope for better tomorrow...

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  3. Very aptly said, Yes the right mixture of youth and old should is the demand of Indian politics. Everyone knows that this equation can create miracle for the country. Very nice and very well penned down your thought:)

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    1. Thanks for that encouraging comment,,,,

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  4. That is so very right, youth need experience and the old gives that, I think I india should start ot adopt Shadow ministry too.. Ministers can have shadow ministers young people who can see how they work and what goes on .. hopefully the youth will pick up on the experience and NOT THE bad habits ..

    It is such an irony that in a job a person retires but in politics they never retire there should be a Retirement age in politics too..

    and there should be end of FAMILY politcis .. a son cant tkae the fathers seat , end of .. this is back to the medivial times when a kings son became a king always ..

    being a son to a minister doesnot give automatic entry to become a minister ..

    Bikram's

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    1. you are right here that dynastic politics and no age bar for these politicians is ruining the situation...thank you.

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  5. I am for young blood in the political system but look at the present breed of young MPs & their contribution for change in their system????

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    1. i agree, even the young ones are falling into corrupt practices..and this is really unfortunate...:(

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  6. Corporation of both is indeed the best :)

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  7. The old and the young supplement & complement each other, rather than being at conflict. Both are needed with their peculiar qualities in every walk of life. Francis Bacon in his essay "Of Youth and Age" beautifully brought forth the difference between two stages of Man !However the reins of power should not necessarily pass on from father to son .....!

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    1. yaa....it should not be unless the Son is competent enough...thank you.

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  8. I would agree with you here...but the most important point here is both old and young should have faith and trust one another. And this means both should know that the other is honest in their intentions. At this moment, most of the youth thinks that the old generations sitting in parliaments are all corrupt and dishonest and the current scenarios where scams are unearthed daily, it is hard to say that they are wrong.

    Methods may be different but the ultimate goal should be the same. To change and progress for the better.

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    1. Lets hope for the better...thank you.

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  9. You are exactly what I think of both! There should be a balance between the old and youth in the parliament and as well as any department...The experience teaches a lot and youth has the grasping power a lot than elders and getting new idea, they will be a great support on building a developed India.

    I hope the old and youth would make great applause by striking there both hands, by one on another.

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  10. Oh that was a politician saying things for his benefit. I agree we need a right mix and there is a welcome change in UP. Also, as you said we have one of the largest youth population, I wonder how many of those actually want to join politics.

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    1. i think if they get proper opportunity at right time and right age they will be interested for sure to join politics.....

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  11. First time visiting ur blog.. Nice to read you. We need both experienced as well as youth in order to get survived well.

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    1. welcome at APNIBOLI..plz do come again....thank you.

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  12. I think the ones in Parliament should be a mix of both. I see mostly oldies there.

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  13. Agree with your point...
    It must be highlighted more than arguing who is the better one.

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    1. Good to see you here at my space....plz do visit again...thank you.

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  14. Idea of mixing youth and oldies seems somewhat better and powerful!

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    1. Good to see you echoing my thoughts Simran...thank you.

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  15. I think I've read of an earlier reflection you made about this.

    Anyways, I agree with your recommendations. It would be great to see the right mixture of both young and old governing the nation.

    Ideals vs. reality... new fresh ideas vs. strong foundations... Preparing the young vs. learning to take a bow from the political arena...

    These are not two opposing forces. I see it more as taking newer challenges. Giving it a risk. Moving beyond boundaries.

    Remembering that 'the youth is the hope of the nation' (JP Rizal). The older generation should be their guide...

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  16. Bang On. There needs to be a mix. Experience of the Old and Energy of the Youth, in the right proportion!

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