Young Politicians respond to Mumbai Terror Attacks- Dr Chandan Yadav
Dr Chandan Yadav,
National General Secretary
Indian Youth Congress
For some time now, terror has dominated all other issues in television and print media. And very rightly, too. Our commandos’ and all other security personnel deserve kudos for the great job done and for the valiant sacrifices. In the same breath, my heart goes all out to all those innocent victims who fell prey to the senseless bullets of the terrorists, in Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Jaipur and elsewhere. Media personnel also deserve accolades for risking their lives in the call of duty and bringing the brutal face of terror and horror to the nation.
However, at the same time a disturbing trend has emerged. The media, especially in the aftermath of the recent strikes in Mumbai, has focussed its attention on fuelling public anger towards the political system in particular, instead of dwelling into the root causes of terror and its solution. This total and deliberate concentration on politician bashing by all media channels – English and regional – was something that the largest democracy in the world had never witnessed. Sane voices became suppressed in the whole melee that followed Mumbai. Irrationality become the order of the day in prime time television, with a few socialites appearing as “common men” in talk shows and demanding military rule for India, amongst other bizarre solutions to the terror issues at hand. A well known actress and television anchor was forced to tender an apology for her comments on NDTV’s We, the People. At the same time, another actor’s comments reflect a maturity that should be the order of the day. As he rightly said, there is no point in blaming our leaders; after all, we elect them and they are one among us. Getting rid of one lot will only bring in more of the same, therefore, what is more important is working towards a change in the system, and that has to be a joint effort.
In the midst of everything that has been taking place in the past few days, one cannot deny that democracy is still the best form of governance for India, and democracy will have politicians. The kind of situation that has developed post 26/11 is extremely traumatic for an individual like me – reasonably educated, hailing from interior Bihar, without any political inheritance or godfather – yet someone who has chosen politics and the Congress party as a means to serve the nation despite other alluring career options. And it is only because of the prevailing democratic system within the organisation that I have been given the opportunity to serve it as the national general secretary of its youth wing. My choice of politics at an age when most of my batch mates where preparing for MBA, civil services, media studies, or travelling abroad for higher studies was determined by the simple conviction that politics is not bad, although one cannot vouch for all individuals, just as in any other profession. If certain players have been convicted of match-fixing, have we stopped worshipping the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid, Dhoni or Ganguly? I also have the firm belief that one needs to be part of the system to bring about a change in it.