Jan 16, 2014 Praveen

The return of the Raj of Youngistan

Times are changing. Distances are reducing. And the age of achievers and rulers has been decreasing. Look at India closely, and you’ll notice that for the past couple of years, the heirs and the heirs-apparent have been coming to the fore. The most obvious being the ones from the Nehru-Gandhi clan. While the tentativeness of anointing Rahul Gandhi has been there, one thing is certain – the next generation of rulers is going to be the young blood.

And why not! It’s time the ‘elders’ of the country handed over the baton of power, politics and progress to the young generation. Because I feel, every generation should be ruled by people who belong to it, as they are the ones who can comprehend the needs and necessities of that generation, better.

Though a lot of next-gen has have followed the footsteps of their parents in politics, success is something that’s still evading them. From one perspective, I feel that some part of the onus is also on us, the citizens. From another perspective, it is also upon them to march on with the torch of progress, with the powers that have been bestowed upon them. Agatha Sangma (daughter of PA Sangma); Sachin Pilot (Son of Rajesh Pilot), Jyotiraditya Scindia (Son of Madhavrao Scindia; Omar Abdullah (Son of Farooq Abdullah); Akhilesh Yadav (Son of Mulayam Singh Yadav) and now the solitary-repear with no political backing, Arvind Kejriwal, are some of the young blood who are making an impressive mark on the political landscape of the country,and even leading from the front.

Let’s give them a chance. Let’s believe in them. The ‘elders’ have held the baton for over 60 years, isn’t it time we let the baton be in younger hands?