Wooing Young people

As the Congress moves towards perhaps projecting the relatively young Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections

Written by Swaraj Thapa | Published: April 11, 2013 3:20 am

WOOING YOUNG PEOPLE

As the Congress moves towards perhaps projecting the relatively young Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,the RSS too has chosen to focus on the youth. Organiser invited its ideologues to pen down their thoughts on the youth and Panchjanya has focused on success stories from the younger generation.

Lauding the intellectual capacity of the youth,Organiser says that the spontaneous response in support of the Delhi gangrape victim has shown that young people are not passive about issues of national concern. “This movement,which came out of nowhere,opened the eyes of those who had dismissed the youth of our time as dormant and mostly interested in technology,glamour and movies,” it says.

It points to the social networking sites for evidence that young people are engaged in heated discussions on topics pertaining to the nation. However,claims Organiser,the need for role models is a major challenge,and projects Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a role model,claiming he has transformed Gujarat with his administrative and governance skills. “These leaders have transformed the landscape of their respective states through several programmes and policies,which is leading to the eradication of poverty and illiteracy”. It adds that the tacit support for Sanjay Dutt is a disturbing trend. “Is glamour the only criteria for the youth to emulate or should they look upon people who are doing yeoman service to the nation and the society?” it asks.

BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE

In an article in Organiser,BJP president Rajnath Singh has emphasised the youthful character of the party’s organisational line-up after the recent reshuffle undertaken by him. “Eighty per cent of the office bearers are below 60 and most of the general secretaries are below 50. It’s a blueprint for the future. At lower levels,too,the youth have been given key posts and are being involved in the decision-making and implementation process,” he said. Singh points out that youth in rural and backward areas of Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh,Orissa,Andhra Pradesh,West Bengal and Bihar are struggling with poverty and unemployment. “The disturbing fact is that the biggest section found under the Naxal influence is the youth. It is our collective responsibility to help these youth join the mainstream and contribute significantly in the task of nation-building,” he said.

Contending that today’s youth have great aspirations,Pravin Togadia in another article in Organiser argues that the present system is not equipped to handle them. “This makes today’s youth impatient and angry. Their anger bursts from time to time in social movements. Rightfully so… Today’s youth is not a headless mob; it has a system,” he says.

Left attack

An article in Panchjanya is critical of the Left in Bengal,saying that it dreams of coming back to power by playing politics over the death of SFI leader Sudipto Gupta. It alleges that by undermining the law and order situation after the Sudipto Gupta incident,the Left wants to discredit Mamata Banerjee. The Left parties had been numbed for some time following their defeat by Mamata Banerjee but have now seized the opportunity provided by the “accidental death” of the young SFI leader and are claiming it was a police brutality death,the Panchjanya article states. It claims that the Left’s stance is contrary to their own behaviour as,under their rule,thousands of people who fought against them were killed.

Compiled by Swaraj Thapa

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