Are the youth just as short-sighted as they claim our politicians to be?
The idea of encouraging the youth to vote is now more a trend than an exception. The Lead India campaign by the Times group and the Jago Re campaign by Tata Tea are the more obvious ones. Idea Cellular's "What an idea, sir ji" takes the more obtuse line with Abhishek Bacchan condusting polls on various development issues to enable the local elected representative to take a decision that is, in truth, representative. Democracy Connect has been exploring partnerships with various media organisations with the idea of getting the youth to interact with an elected representative and discuss various issues that are of concern to them.
Yet, it is not seldom that I come across a young, educated professional complaining about the quality of our elected representatives. Just the other day I was having lunch with a friend and like all lunch, dinner, coffee conversations go, ours graduated to politics. He said he was appaled by the corruption in the present government. When I countered him saying corruption was not limited to any one government, he said it was the Congress that institutionalised corruption! But neither is it a novel concept, I retorted! To this he nonchalantly replied that it is election time and it is only now that he finds himself thinking about politics. He can't afford to expend valuable mind space in such trivial matters, especially those that aren't going to change.
Is this the way we youth think today? Then why do we begrudge politicians for living from one election to another?