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Aug 01, 2017 at 12:56

In recent times, across the country in various universities, we have witnessed mass unrest, and headline grabbing news. Our School Live reporters debate if active politics has a place in a student’s life.

No Child’s Play

“Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.” — Winston Churchill.

In the struggle for power, every decision has far and wide reaching consequences. Everyday we see politicians giving energetic speeches, in an attempt to appeal to the emotions of the audience. Now, arguably, any reasonable adult would be able to separate emotions from reason, and form a political opinion after holistic understanding of the situation. Students, however, are impressionable. Letting their emotions get the better of them, these students get all pumped up and charged, ready to jump on the bandwagon, and support a cause that they know nothing about and probably don’t understand one bit.

As much as a student would like to be treated as an independent adult, capable of making their own choices,  at the end of the day, they’re still in the process of maturing, still growing up. Yes, they might have opinions. And yes, they should be allowed to speak freely and share their opinions. But, active politics is not a blog post or a status update on Facebook, every decision you take, and everything that you say, has a bigger impact, possibly affecting the entire nation. No student, no matter how mature they might think they are, can handle such a big responsibility.

Shreyash Nigam



Powerful Instrument Of Change

In a country like India, whose citizens take pride in being a citizen of the largest democracy in the world, 70% of the voters are youngsters. If these youngsters are not permitted to join and be aware of active politics at a younger age, how must these individuals make informed choices at the time of voting?

Students and youngsters offer a fresher perspective into the political system in India which has started to be characterized by old ‘babus’ running the country with their century old ways.

Furthermore, above all, it is in the true spirit of democracy to be inclusive of all people despite all barriers. The student community is one of the most popular and influential instruments of change in society. Through recent incidents at JNU, we have seen how powerful a student community can emerge to be and how it can sway public opinion.

The students will not remain students forever, these are the leaders of tomorrow, the change makers of society and the ones that have the power to create and build. It is in the best interest of a democracy and its’ citizen,s to allow the student community to have a role in active politics of the country.

Khushi Singh