यह एक ऐसा स्थान हैं, जहाँ पर हम राजनीति और नेताओं पर एक खास नज़रिये से बातचीत करते हैं, जो हमारी भिन्न स्तरों के नेताओं के साथ आमने सामने हुई चर्चाओं और उनके साथ किए गए शैक्षणिक और ज्ञानवर्धक कार्यक्रमों के अनुभवों पर आधरित होगा । हम आशा करते हैं, कि यह ब्लॉग हमारे प्रजातंत्र के अनछुए और प्रेरणादायक पहलुओ पर प्रकाश डालेगा और संभवत हम सभी को हमारी डेमोक्रेसी को जीवंत रखने के लिए व्यक्तिगत स्तर पर प्रयास करने के लिए रास्ता दिखायेगा ।

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

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.

Under the current circumstances, democracy will take a beating if we try to prove that politics is bad. At a personal level, it will be a de motivating factor for someone like me who, through this democratic process can aspire to create an impact in my own small little way in the democratic system. The need of the hour is to strengthen democracy to attract young, educated, honest and committed youth to join politics and contribute to the task of nation building. Let me add that all these has not dampened my spirits in any way, rather, it has strengthened my faith in democracy. I am even now, proud to be an Indian and equally proud to be a politician.


Blogger Kanan Jaswal said...

I agree with Chandan Yadav that politics per se is not bad. but It's the bad people in it which have vitiated politics. And unfortunately, those bad people (in fact, calling them bad is doing them a great favour) outnumber the good people in that profession twenty to one. Yadav perhaps would have noted that on the issue of politician bashing, politicians of all hues and colours, sizes and shapes, had perfect unity among them, which so far they have had only at the time of raising their salaries and tax-free allowances.

Definitely, democracy is the best form of government, but democracy is not just being able to cast your vote every five years and then be a silent spectator to your country being robbed to its bones by venal politicians whose greed for power and pelf knows no bounds. And what choice we are supposed to exercise at the time of elections - between one set of criminals and the other? After all, in our country a serving cabinet minister at the centre has been convicted for murder by the sessions court, he went underground to evade arrest and the so-called honest prime minister took fifteen days to order his sack. The institution of criminal justice has been twisted so badly out of shape by these "leaders" that after being charge-sheeted by a court for serious crimes, their cases are just kept in limbo for years (even the above central minister was convicted good thirty three years after the murder in which he was implicated) and in the mean time they enjoy the copious fruits of being our "Hon'ble ministers" and ensure that for generations to come their descendants would never know the meaning of a want.

The general election is due in 3-4 months, I challenge Chandan Yadav's party not to grant tickets to people charge-sheeted by courts. Can it sever its links with criminals and mafiosi? If it does, that will be the end of the Indian National Congress, as we know it, but the beginning of true democracy in this land of ours.

5 January 2009 at 22:13


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