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Democracy , Youth and our Parliament
Updated 24 Oct 2017 | Tuesday
Updated 24-Oct-2017 | Tuesday

In the past, I got an opportunity to participate in a discussion on the subject "Role of Youth in Democracy". The main essence of the detailed discussion was that the meaning of democracy in the eyes of youth is to form government solely through voting, and second most of the people are unfamiliar with the Parliamentary Process. Moreover, the youth never sees the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha proceedings.

It seems that today's youth doesn't even realize their role within the democratic system. Because of which, we tend to question the direction and condition of democratic process. Actually, we have left our democracy in the hands of people's representatives. . however it's  true that our country that goes to be an excellent power, there the behavior of the people's representatives is step by step deleting from the democratic roots. Even then, we can be proud of our democratic prosperity. Proudly we can say, when many countries of Europe did not have the right to vote, at that time the poor, backward, illiterate India gave its people right to vote. Surprisingly, in the early decades after independence, the parliamentary system of backward India ran smoothly.

The first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was extremely serious about the practice and preservation of parliamentary democracy
It is necessary to prepare the future generation which can keep it safe.

However, it is also true that such incidents have increased in recent years, which includes the absence of the MPs. The first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was extremely serious about the practice and preservation of parliamentary democracy. His possibilities were to be present in the parliament and also accept it from other members too. But after that, Mrs. Indira Gandhi did not show the seriousness to this tradition, and since then this custom declined constantly. But in the present government, PM Modi follows up the Nehru's path and tries to be present in the house.

Similarly, among the four Lok Sabha commencing, i.e. between 1952 and 1970, the opposition took parliamentary function very seriously and made significant contribution in developing the specific work culture of the Indian Parliament. MPs such as Madhu Limaye, George Fernandes and Jyotirmoy Basu have specially earned fame in the work of developing and utilizing the zero hour and question hour as a weapon to ensure accountability of the government. But, often during the Zero Hour the Opposition raises any issue to attack so that the Presiding Officer has to adjourn the proceedings of the House. The opposition often has the attitude that unless the government provides a satisfactory answer to the issue, the House will not be allowed to run. The house remains suspended for a week. This is a convenient situation for the government when it becomes free to work with uninterrupted and arbitrary without debating with the opposition. In this sequence, meaningful discussions on the basic problems of the public, and the national and international policies of the country have not been discussed. The body of democratic parliamentary system is preserved, but life starts drying.

 We all know that today's generation has to entrust this prosperous democracy to the next generation. Therefore it is necessary to prepare the future generation which can keep it safe. Anyway, students studying political science and sociology have remained less in the era of engineering and medical. Similarly, the percentage of those interested in society, politics and parliamentary system has dropped rapidly. In this Era, the bulge of leaders from the political families results in non- emergence of the best social leaders, which is considered negative in society. To make democracy more prosperous involves the participation of public along with government and opposition.

Whereas, the work of government and opposition is to present the ideal to public, while the people need to keep an eye on democratic process and motivate the future ones to participate.


The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS and PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

Youth  |  democracy  |  parliament  |  opposition  |  House  |  government
Youth  |   democracy  |   parliament  |   opposition  |   House  |   government
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