CHENNAI: With the elections around the corner, the government is taking steps to get more people to get to the ballot box. One of the awareness programmes was ‘Political Awareness for Youth’ held at Loyola College on Tuesday.
G Viswanathan, founder and chancellor of VIT University, began with a quote of the former US President Abraham Lincoln: “‘Of the people, by the people, for the people’. In India, he said, the quote is considered ‘off’ the people, ‘buy’ the people, ‘far’ the people.” He pointed that though we are growing, other countries are growing faster. “The country should grow faster not only economically but also in the fields of agriculture and education,” he added.
EVKS Elangovan, former Lok Sabha member, continued the discussion, saying, “Politics should not be a full-time job, it should be a part of our life.” According to him, today’s youth need to know the good and bad in politics. The elections should be held in such a way that 50% of the vote is for the candidate and 50% is for the party. This way, a good man and a good party will come to power.
Dr H V Hande, a physician and politician, said, “If you get a chance to be a politician, don’t misuse it like other politicians do.”
Nallakannu, senior leader from the Communist Party of India, wrapped up the discussion, talking about his early days fighting for freedom. “Gandhi believed India would be free only when a woman wearing jewellery can walk on roads after midnight and reach home safely. I am of the same view,” he said.
He pointed out that the suicides in Namakkal and the Rohith Vemula case raised a chain of questions. “I hope these incidents taught you why one should fight for his rights. Politics should be changed and I hope youth will be the one to do it,” he said.