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Who's my favourite politician?

Young politicians are the hope for tomorrow, feel many students. A few opinions.

INDIA'S DESTINY has been steered by many a venerable leader. These leaders have enabled India to achieve growth and reach a state of sustained development. Yet there is disparity in this land. A lacuna still remains between -- the IT hubs and the drought-hit villages, between Harvard educated young Indians and gram panchayats. Trying to fill this void is the new generation of young politicians that is entering the otherwise `senior' arena of politics and government. Of course, experienced older leaders are necessary but the innovative and fresh ideas of the youth also need representation in Parliament.

Armed with degrees from Ivy League universities with strategies of economic growth in their fingertips, a new generation of young politicians is already making its presence felt. Their charisma and acumen attract the youth who understand their methods and associate with them. The youth today are aware and interested in their nation and care about the quality of leadership that'll determine the future of the country. A few opinions:

Christabel Royan, St. Francis College: "One of the many issues that needs to be addressed is the over bearing presence of senile, old statesmen ruling the roost in the name of experience. I don't deny the contribution of many of these esteemed leaders but the old order has to be replaced by the new. There is a lack of fresh blood, new perspectives, creative ideas, charisma in today's political scenario, yet Plato espoused the cause of the young leader. He theorised that the ruler class should be carefully conditioned for their chosen vocation and rule only between the age of 35 and 50. I celebrate the entry of young leaders in this often despised profession.''

Navin Rao, B.Tech in computer sciences and civil services aspirant: "Indian politics is experiencing a rise in young politicians. A lot is expected from this new breed of enthusiastic and goal-oriented individuals. Young politicians like Omar Abdullah, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sajjad Lone have the necessary foresight and a lot is expected from them. These young politicians need to bridge the gap between the general populace and the upper echelons of the political leadership. Various contentious issues exist between India and its neighbours. These young politicians need to bring in a fresh perspective to solve these problems expeditiously. They need to work in tandem with experienced politicians and address pressing issues. In this manner, the combination of experience, enthusiasm and energy shall definitely take India to newer and better heights.''

Lavraj Bhalerao, St. Marys College: "In today's political scenario where we have a bunch of old politicians there is a need for comparatively younger ones . The only name that comes to my mind is Vijay Mallya. Along with being an extremely successful business tycoon and a renowned socialite, he is also carving himself to be a successful politician. After acquiring a post-graduate degree from the U.S., he transformed his father's company which had only one brewery into a world-wide company. Today, almost all the breweries in the country belong to the UB group and its products are sold in over 32 countries. In these times to rule the country one must have the 3 P's - power, platform and press. Mallya has all of these.''

Nikhil Dochania, St. Marys College: "My favourite politician is Omar Abdullah. He belongs to a new set of politicians who are bold, dynamic and don't believe in red tapism. I really think that with his sound education and broadmind edness he holds the key for a solution to the Jammu and Kashmir problem. He believes in one-to-one talks which I feel are essential for a problem like the border issue. If we look at the future of the country we have to look at young blood and Omar Abdullah is a fine example.''

Trina, St Francis College: "Who's my favourite politician among the younger generation? All I can think of when they say `politician' is 70 something who believe in throwing mikes at each other to prove a point. However, for me, Rudra Pratap Singh is a contender. Media savvy (a necessity it seems for a good politician), he has been in news for his marathon efforts to link the Indian rivers. Whether he succeeds or not is yet to be seen. Another of my favourites is Vivek Kulkarni, the IT secretary of Karnataka. He's a man who I believe has truly done something instrumental in making Bangalore the IT capital of India. The main word being `done'. Very few politicians can lay claim to that word.''

To the youngsters of today, these young politicians seem to be a beacon of hope that will lead India to greater heights in the future.


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