Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
Role of youth in Indian party system
Author(s): Azad Pratap Singh
Abstract: Corruption is commonplace in government offices and second nature to some of India’s politicians. One of the loudest cries heard at political gatherings across India is that the youth should enter the field of politics. In fact, these cries that call upon the youth to lead the country have echoed right from the time of India’s independence. It started with Gandhi’s request to the youth to actively participate in the freedom movement and continues right up to today’s pleas by young political leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Milind Deora, Varun Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Naveen Jindal, Priya Dutt and Sachin Pilot, amongst others. Indian Youth as a category is extremely complex and difficult to ascertain at a time when there is no general consensus yet amongst scholars on its minimal definition. The category or the social group referred to as ‘Indian youth’ many look simple as most of us identify this category by a certain age group, but it is not as simple as a one may think. Student participation in politics characterized by militant unity and ideological objectives was considered noble and prestigious. Many of the present days political leaders in India received their political baptism in the student movements.