A new subject has got prominent of late – India is in need of greater participation of educated youth in its political framework and if we look into the discussions of political pundits, this is only the hope that the country possesses and can lead it to a brighter future. Now there is also a question. Is it so? Can the youth power of India lead the country to a brighter future ever? Perhaps you have joined the contingent of dreamers already but confusion does persist. You do have every right to castigate this scribe as a pessimist but if we look into the history it will be found that this is not the first clarion call to the Indian youth.
The same call was given to the Indian youth of earlier generations too. Gray-haired Indians, who were in their prime age in the decade of 70s, can easily remember the Naxal movement, movements of then student wings of Indian National Congress and also the mass movements against the imposition of National Emergency. Each movement was guided by the Indian youngsters and was enough to rock the entire national scenario. Who can ever forget the self-confident and vigorous image of Sanjay Gandhi ? This Gandhi scion was responsible to bring lots of educated Indian young persons in the national political scenario.
Similar vigorous temperament was shown by the Naxalite, Leftist youth and of course by the Indian youth adhering to other nationalist organizations. If you go through the pages of history it will be found that pundits in those ages termed the same as a new beginning in the Indian political structure. What did happen in the following years? All vigor of Indian youth drained, the Indian young leaders instead of radicalizing the nation became part of the mainstream only.
There is hardly any doubt that this great nation is reliant on a highly educated youth leadership at the moment; a leadership that can lead her towards betterment. And it doesn’t mean that this generation akin to earlier ones would fail to resolve or perform its duty. Surely the voyage has already commenced and we, common Indians, can only hope for the best.