A MAJORITY OF INDIA’S POPULATION ARE THE YOUTH. YET, WE ARE GOVERNED BY LEADERS WHO SHOULD HAVE RETIRED ON ACCOUNT OF THEIR AGE AND THEIR REGRESSIVE THINKING. TRUTH BE TOLD, ALL WE REALLY WISH FOR IS PROPER GOVERNANCE AND YOUTH-FRIENDLY POLITICS
It is now safe to say that we do not want yet another less than average political party in power. After the obvious inefficiency of the current government, we call for a change in the policies directed towards the youth in terms of employment, education, involvement in politics and healthcare among others. Here are some changes we hope to see.
Constant news reports of misjudgement on the part of medical practitioners and the lack of space in government-run hospitals discourage people to frequent them. Instead, they choose to advance any kind of prognosis forcing self-medication. A low premium insurance facility for the poor and the youth could change this scenario. Also, hospitals that function in a professional manner and those that are free from corrupt practices will change the healthcare situation in the country.
Who might deliver: The INC focuses on healthcare for those living below the poverty line. AAPs promise on the other hand, is improbable as they claim to bring government-run hospitals to the standard of private ones’. We think the BJP might deliver as the idea of preventive healthcare and ambulance on call is doable as it exists in Gujarat as of today.
The job scenario in the country is not at its best. With fewer companies ready to hire new employees, the youth are either forced to stay put at unsatisfactory jobs or choose unemployment instead.
Who might deliver: The AAP promises to make the job market impartial and free from corruption. Since it is the premise on which the party stands, we think it is the only party who might deliver. The BPJ and the INC point toward skill development. While former promises the launch of IITs, IIMs and AIIMS in all states, the latter states they will create 10 million jobs every year, but does not mention how.
BETTER EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
The Indian educational system in spite of its high fees is still susceptible to nepotism. Hardworking students are constantly put second to those who have paid a bribe or have chosen to use a ‘contact’ to seek admission.
Who might deliver: None of the parties promise tangible change. The BJP sticks to its promise of starting up IITs, IIMs and AIIMS in all states. The AAP promises to upgrade government schools to the standard of private schools and make education free for the rich and the poor and the INC goes on a rant about changing everything from collateral on student loans, the way teachers are trained in schools and universities and also improving the physical environment in which education is imparted.
One of the major problems our country faces today is the lack of proper leadership. Leadership does not only translate to decision-making on a national level, but also at a local level. Some of the most derogatory comments on rape per se have been made by leaders at high positions. This shows the lack of responsibility and accountability on the part of those in power. Leaders must take account for an bring to book those legible for punishment for the crime committed instead of making justifications for criminals.
Who might deliver: On matters of responsible leadership, the INC seems to focus on security to women, disabled and the elderly, the urban homeless and those designated to the backward communities. The BJP promises e-governance which could curb rampant corruption, whereas the AAP harps on about the formation of the Jan Lokpal system wherein the common man can lodge a direct complaint against a person in authority. We support BJPs e-governance, although it might take time to come to fruition.
CONTROL OF PRICE RISE
The costs of travel, daily necessities, fuel and food have all seen a huge price hike. This, coupled with the bad job market and the lack of good jobs, has put the citizens of this country in tight financial spots.
Who might deliver: The INC boasts of its performance in the first five years of its 10 year reign, which hardly matters given the current situation the country is in. The AAP wishes to get the people’s view on the issue price rise – how they wish to carry that out only they know. The BJP’s stand on the issue seems plausible, but is still is a little farfetched: they promise starting a stabilisation fund and a national agricultural market.
Hardworking students are constantly put second to those who have paid a bribe or have chosen to use a ‘contact’ to seek admission
Volume 3 Issue 10