What is stopping you from joining active politics?
Some of you would remember NDTV’s “Big Fight” from a few weeks back where the topic was “Younger politicians - time to take over“.
I had taken some notes while watching the programme and what struck me was that none of the participants (mainly leaders from mainstream political parties) identified what I felt were the *real* reasons why you dont see more “young politicians”…
While I was discussing this with a friend last week, he suggested taking a straw poll on my blog to find out why youngsters (or anyone else for that matter) do not consider politics as a conscious (or a realistic) career choice.
But before that, some quotes from the “Big Fight”:
Abhishek Singhvi: “(we)…need to change the system so that people with alternative talents can get into politics…we have to make politics somewhat of a meritocracy”
Rajiv Pratap Rudy: “…politics has become discredited…No one wants their son or daughter to become a politician today…
Shahid Sidiqui: “…stop demonising politics and politicians; media only shows (the) negative face…that is not true…there are good things in poliics…”
Tavleen Singh: “…we must have younger politicans…but young people who are interested in politics…in doing something for the country…we don’t have that yet…
I have maintained for a very long time that you will not see more people into politics unless you make it pay and it becomes less *risky* (in a real, physical danger sense of the word).
So one of the first challenges is to redefine the way “politics” is currently understood and practised in India…
To check that I am not living on another planet – and following my friend’s advice, here is a quick straw poll:
UPDATE: You can still participate in the poll by clicking this link:
Poll continued on sidebar…It will remain open for a few more weeks (I have got about 80 responses already)
Please continued below.
I will keep this open for a few weeks and then publish the results. Please actively participate and forward this link to your friends. Thanks.