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Youth opt for an active democracy

Friday, 24 January 2014 - 12:46pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
The political scenario of India is changing with the youth taking studied calls and even actively participating. With Republic Day around the corner, we find out Sobo youngsters' take on it.

Greater awareness
The youth have become more aware about the political scenario in the country, and are now showing greater interest in getting to know their leaders, so that they can vote for the best. It is high time that we get a government that accommodates rapid growth and quicker decision making. They also need to take notice of the Indian youth, which is well read and easily dissatisfied if things are not correct. It is really nice to see how the leaders are promising to take into consideration the needs of all the classes, instead of a select few. Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal have refreshingly challenged the methods of running this country. Though we have a democratic system in place, Indians are now striving for a more participative democracy.
- Maitri Shah, student, Tardeo

Mumbai to follow suit?
The slow but effective change, which has taken place in Delhi, needs to happen in Mumbai also. We can take Delhi’s example and work towards the betterment of Mumbai. Politicians say that they have done a lot, but they are not addressing important issues like infrastructure. In a city like Mumbai, infrastructure should be given priority. The roads should be well maintained. If there are no potholes, then the traffic will move smoothly. We, as the youth, have to bring these issues to light and make sure that the politicians work towards solving them. Also, we should choose our leaders wisely, leaders who actually solve the problems of the common man, instead of making hollow promises.
- Shyam Kewalramani, student, Tardeo

Positive change?
After a long time the common man has taken a bold step, and it has changed the political scenario in India. AAP is doing wonders in Delhi and maybe we can incorporate the same here in Mumbai. Although they might be amateurish steps (electricity subsidy), because one does not know about the repercussions it can have in the long run. AAP coming into power in Delhi shows us that the attitude of the common man has changed towards politics, which in itself is a very positive sign. 
- Oswald Parmar, working professional; Mahim

Politics for all
Politics has always been a topic adults discuss over dinner, while the kids go out and play. Recently politics has become a part of young people’s conversation. Media has given politics an adrenalin rush–be it heated speeches of politicians or coverage of the elections, it has made us feel more involved, we feel like we are right in the middle of the action. The youth today is scanning and watching the political scenario in India. The youth definitely wants to have a say in who runs the country. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP has changed the whole political scenario in India for good.
- Surabhi Darji, student, Worli




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