Being a Politician after Mumbai Tragedy
TV Channel after channel is saying that politicians have failed to understand the mood of the people. They have failed us. Declining interest in politics especially amongst the urban class, including youth is a reality and the responses of many political leaders to events after the Mumbai tragedy have made many of us react in anger, cynicism and disbelief.
However this is not the time to blame and vilify the entire political class, our democracy and politics. We cannot afford to let this anger turn into a campaign against democracy, politics and politicians. If we feel that our politics has failed us it is time we engage with it with more fervour, energy and commitment. It is time we make an effort to understand, first hand why our democracy is disconnected and bring about Democracy Connect!
It is in this background, that we are making an effort to bring out the reactions, sentiments and concerns of some young politicians, who have been equally moved by the Mumbai Terror attacks. We feel that everybody else except the young politicians have said their piece in this debate.