STUDENTS AND POLITICS Manish Kumar Tripathi “Today’s student can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can Conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but Their attitude that will determine their altitude. ” – Jesse Jackson The most progressive, articles, inspired and dynamic segment of the country’s population is the student’s community. Students are the backbone of any economy. They are the future of every nation. It is their responsibility to apply everything they learn, practically and thus.
We cannot build and apartment just because we have bricks and labourers. There should be someone, in this efficient leader can take a nation forward, that this the reason why we conduct election to choose our representatives. Students have a burning zeal to excel. The power of the youth is like a mighty river, waiting to be channelized. If it is utilized in a constructive manner, progress can be made. Political experience constitutes an essential part of this learning curve. This period prepare one to face the challenges better and enables one to succeed in life.
The much-hyped dirty, murky nature notwithstanding, politics has the potential to inculcate qualities like general awareness, keeping abreast with current happenings and above all, leadership qualities in an individual. Students who join politics can become good orators. They become assertive by shedding their timidness and Shyness. Tackling problems, solving disputes and handling crisis situations, However small or big they may be. Infuse confidence in them it helps them in Developing skills to deal with people from all background and of all shades of Opinion.
History is replete with examples of students playing a vital role in overthrowing corrupt dictatorial regimes, freeing their people from foreign yoke, and launching relentless crusades against such evils as social injustice and exploitation. Most of the great leaders in history entered politics during student life. Therefore, political education or training during student life is important for success in life. Many students’ organizations like All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) are big and powerful organizations in the north eastern part of the India.
Their clout is so great that they can even go against the general people’s verdict. Where politicians fail, they succeed easily. The power of the youth can indeed be a great agent of social changes. The politics of a particular system determines whether this happens in a constructive or destructive manner. However, there should be a certain limit to the extent of students’ involvement in the political process. A student’s main purpose is to study, and it should be kept in mind that his political activities do not disrupt his studies.
While he is not expected to remain passive in the face of criminalization of politics, dismantling of democratic organizations, corruption, communalism and casteism, he should not indulge in factional or partisan politics or give in to the unjust directions of unscrupulous senior party leaders. The student wing should usher in positive changes; only then do they deserve to be called the promise of tomorrow. The present political scenario in India is a keen struggle of various political parties engaged in enlisting the support of students.
In many cases, different Political affiliations have led to deep divisions within the student community. The existence of student groups with differing ideologies has sometimes resulted in instance of acrimonious exchanges between antagonistic groups. So much so that even the campus elections held in educational institutions have also become somewhat tainted by undue political fervor among the student community. The emergence of the youth as a new political class is a consequence of the creation of the idea of youth as a distinctive life-stage with its attendant ultures and social arrangements. This has been made possible by a rapid change of the educational system. And it has all been supported mainly by the requirement and rewards of industrial economies for literate, knowledgeable, and skilled labour forces working away from home and family, and also the aspiration that democratic citizens should be informed and responsible. In India, and in a number of other developing nations, modern educational institutions have create a young political class along with the others such as the middle and the working classes.
Due to the pride of place given to the youth in the political hierarchy in these nations. The student community has gained prominence as a potent force. The significance given to the young political class in these nations is quite different from the common norms in European nations or America, where the student community has hardly played any substantial role in the process of change. In contrast, in Indian students have always played a crucial role in the political process. Given the special significance of students in the politics of many nations, certain questions assume much importance and interest.
Whether of not student politics is like national politics with it: whether student politics is separate from opposed to, or ahead national politics? And if student politics is opposed to or ahead of national politics, what are the precise reasons behind it? In reality, there are no definite answers to these questions. There are a host of particular factors that determine the nature of the relationship between student politics and senior level politics in a nation. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages: this general rule is applicable in the case of student politics as well.
There are both advantages and disadvantages of students being in the centrestage of politics. However, in this specific case, the disadvantages outnumber the advantages. Firstly, the students enter educational institutions for the purpose of study. But when they get entangled in the dirty game of politics, they get distracted from the pursuance of their prime objective. The energy and time they use or waste in masterminding political moves, could well be used to study. This entry of serious politics into the premises of educational institutions has caused untold damage to many students.
It is often seen that students get rusticated owing to their active participation in politics, thus losing their hold on studies. Politics has also taught students to disobey all rules and regulations, and become rowdy and violent. This has at times even led to the closure of institutions, which again takes a heavy toll on the study time of students. When young people get embroiled in the murky game of politics, they tend to lose their innocent and loving nature. After some years’ involvement in active politics, the affable nature of the students give way to rudeness, arrogance and disobedience When there is too much of hooliganism in the ampus, even the police have to be called sometimes. There have also been instances of firearms finding their way into the campuses of various educational institutions during election time. Thus. , the disadvantage of students entering the political domain are numerous and are really destructive. Advantage of student politics do exist, but they are few and comparatively less significant. Young people entering the arena of politics learn the art of public speaking. They learn to be assertive and impressive. Student politics can indeed be a good stepping stone to the art of leadership.
The most important advantage is that students in these prime years of life gain a lot of knowledge of politics which enables them to enter the real arena as trained politicians. After studying the pros and cons of student’s participation in politics, the Disadvantages appear far more damaging than the gains. The gains. The gains made by students from a stint un politics can be gained from some other sources as well: hence, there is no need for their entry into politics. Students should ideally stay away from politics and retain their interest in studies which alone can help them excel in life.