The young India, with half of its population in the age group of below 25, may be at the threshold of becoming the third largest economy in the world. Millennials across the country, however, after watching the recent high-decibel election campaigns, are barely impressed. They believe the political environment is hardly conducive to meet the aspirations of a youthful nation.
As election fever grips Bangalore, the country’s tech city, FC spoke to a handful of millennials to get a hang of their political pulse.
“We need politicians who are in synch with the youth of the country and can lead us to tomorrow: Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,’’ said Bubby Andrews, a techie in Bangalore.
“Patriotism is the last refuge for a scoundrel,” Dr Samuel Johnson said. In George Bernard Shaw’s words, “Politics is the last resort for the scoundrel.” “Were these two great critics alive today, sure they would have corrected their quotes by replacing “last” with “first,” Andrews wisecracked to bring forth the irony of the present day situation.
“Today’s dirty politics, primarily driven by vitriolic elements, has severe adverse effects on the societal health. How does it actually matter which party comes to power or which leader takes the mantle, when the same old media headlines – of big ticket corruption, multi-crore scams, incidents of ruthless rape and murder, communal violence, hate talks, butchering in the name of cows and buffaloes, divisive ideologies and political mudslinging – continue to be the order of the day?” asks Ravi C, a young techie from Chennai.
Swetha Mazumdar from Gurgaon minced no words. “Only during election seasons politicians recognise the face of ‘aam aadmi’ and fondly call them ‘bhaiyo or behno.’ They need our votes to win elections and they need our tax money to fund elections. Still they don’t ask us if we need a notebandi or GST or anything like that. They decide our work and fix our life recklessly and arbitrarily. This is independent, democratic and tech leader India for you. It’s ridiculous,” Mazumdar said.
Aruna Palgat from Coimbatore highlighted the debasement in politics. “Given the morass that politics has become, true patriots have sought refuge in other professions and the absolute dregs seem to have made their way into politics – since they could not “make it” elsewhere,” Palgat said.
How else can you explain the corruption, vendetta, nepotism, goondaism, hooliganism, hidden agenda, criminal nexus et al, wondered Bubby Andrew.
“The entire political landscape has become pathetically distasteful. This is not to say that all politicians are bad, there are a few with outstanding calibre, but they are caught in the muck of the corrupt system and their hands and mouths are tied up,” added Ravi C.