Dynasties are biggest enemies of democracy: PM

He appeals to youth to join politics

January 12, 2021 12:07 pm | Updated 02:11 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the second National Youth Parliament Festival

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the second National Youth Parliament Festival

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said political dynasties were the biggest enemies of democracy, and appealed to the youth to join politics.

While addressing the valedictory session of the second National Youth Parliament Festival via videoconferencing, he said: “Today, days of winning election by the crutches of a surname are over. Still this malaise of dynastic politics is far from over…Political dynasty promotes self and family instead of pushing nation first. This is a major cause of social corruption in India.”

Referring to dynasts, he said such people did not fear the law.

The next 25-26 years would take India from 75 years of Independence in 2022 to 100 years in 2047 and the same period would be the golden years of the lives of young people today. He appealed to them to keep the country’s interest in mind in whatever they did. Politics, like every field, also needed the participation of the youth.

“Strong CVs”

Earlier, he said, families would be concerned if their children were interested in politics. Now, honesty in politics was being valued more and elected representatives were aware that they needed to have “strong CVs” before seeking re-election.

Mr. Modi also remembered the contribution of Swami Vivekananda, whose birth anniversary was celebrated on Tuesday, and appealed to the youth to take inspiration from him.

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