YLC: Student politics sans the party line

BANGALORE: Just when we thought political activism among students is dying, here comes a students initiative that aims to build future leaders and bring increased accountability in the elected

Published: 17th November 2009 04:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2012 11:47 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Just when we thought political activism among students is dying, here comes a students initiative that aims to build future leaders and bring increased accountability in the elected political representatives.

Young Leaders Collective (YLC) is a body consisting of students with a motto: “Redefining the Art of Enabling Young Leaders” and what they want, is to bring in a positive and noticeable change in their surroundings, says Madhukeshwar Desai, founder president and a fourthyear law student at Christ University.

However, Madhukeshwar notes that protesting and declaring bandhs by students doesn’t really bring in the needed change. “You can see a lot of youths holding protest marches, dharnas and gherao on issues, which often they don’t really understand, while the issue in the end never gets addressed.” So what YLC wants is to educate and help students “to tap the right door, while working within the system,” says Madhukeshwar.

While how seriously YLC takes its initiative can be understood from the fact that they even have drafted a written constitution. The preamble of which states: To establish a democratic, egalitarian, non-partisan organisation, for the purpose of creating a politically conscious and politically active young generation, by way of socio-political community initiatives. While the ten page constitution draft even contains article and sub-clauses.

Students and youngsters between the age of 16 to 25 years can be a member of Young Leaders Collective.

The organisation would be formally inaugurated on Tuesday, Nov 17 at Chowdiah Memorial Hall at 5 pm.

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