Comments on: Does youth trump experience in the Lok Sabha stakes? Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dara Fri, 10 Apr 2009 05:04:29 +0000 As a confirmed ‘oldie’ please allow me to put in my two bits. I think I can best illustrate the issue by recounting an incident that happened in 1979. I was doing a course (in India) with an officer of the US Navy. He was then reading a book on the 1962 Indo-China war. When I asked him his opinion, he smiled and said that the first thing that struck him was that he was familiar with most of the personalities mentioned in the book. Even though the events it portrayed were almost 17 years ago. Names such as Jagjivan Ram, Morarji Desai, Chavan and the like were still star performers on the Indian political stage. He was having difficulty even remembering who was the American Vice President or Secretary of Defence in 1962!

I think the Indin politician needs to realise that governing a country is not just about experience. Its also about fresh ideas, fresh legs and energy. They need a use by date.

By: Nikhil Tue, 07 Apr 2009 02:00:22 +0000 Indian politics favors seniority, status quo and royalty.
Even if young politicians are elected to the office they don’t get the portfolios or the roles they deserve. They’ve to serve their time in the party. Which means wait for their turn in a long line of more senior, often older, politicians.

I don’t care whether a politcian is young or old; as long as he/she delivers results without being corrupt.

By: jaymin kansara Mon, 06 Apr 2009 09:45:19 +0000 we should definitely required young and experienced leaders.
best example is chief minister of Gujarat Narendra modi.
not too old not too young and unexperienced.

By: Nikhil Sun, 05 Apr 2009 22:30:23 +0000 Indian politics favors seniority, status quo and royalty. With poor inner-party democracy, the young elected politicians do not get a fair share of role in the decision making process. Instead they’ve to wait in a long line of other senior, and often older, politicians in the party for their turn.

By: satyadev Fri, 03 Apr 2009 12:33:56 +0000 s it is essential that youths come n take part in the election n give a thumping majority to manmohan singh so that he runs the govt well n let him take the country to the superpowr level

By: Rohit Fri, 03 Apr 2009 05:45:29 +0000 Vipul,

This subject can be an more meaningful if you do some research into “Education, Awareness & National Vision of Youth of India” provided you do not limit it to metros. Considerable number is bound to be either uneducated or marginally educated. This group won’t be having an idea of history and geography of India and would be more concerned about making ends meet than about national policies of nation. Most of the graduates again would be having limited idea about history, geography of India and limited capacity of making any intelligent criticism of National level politics, policies. Remaining youth who are aware and able to measure pros and cons of politics and policies won’t be even giving a damn to politics.

In nutshell Indian people who go and vote are idiots. The politicians we have in parliament are the choice of idiots… Whether politician is >35 or <35 doesn’t matter.

By: Josephcraig Fri, 03 Apr 2009 02:01:25 +0000 Current economic paradigms (read propaganda /advertising) dictates that youth not age is to be place on the pedistal to be idolized. The propaganda has worked and the sagacity that comes with experience and age is not honored. Youth implies hope, which in these times is in great need. The immoral elders of the recent and past political and economic powers, especially in America, have shown all that older men in particular can not be trusted. Let’s hope that some honorable elders can still come into political power.

By: Vikram Thu, 02 Apr 2009 08:20:33 +0000 Changing times, certainly… but i still see a hung parliament with lots of horse trading to come .. since both the parties have equal chances and no clear cut majority event this time ..

By: Rupam Srivastava Wed, 01 Apr 2009 11:42:13 +0000 Perhaps, there exists a dichotomy in analysing age band thresholds in this particular case. The a) threshold age band for “youth” in general, in India and b) the threshold age band of a so called “young politician”
have to be understood differently and indeed have different physical significances. Apparently there is no direct correlation between the two.
While the former can more or less be calculated by putting in a demographical cum mathematical model, the latter is less definitive and primarily a function of perceiving age in a relative manner.
When the legacy has been of having octagenarians and heptagenarians as leaders “capturing” the helm (and the list is pretty big), it is obvious that the people will “perceive” the “young politician” age to be 40-50, even 50-60.
Not going very far back, how did the public in general see Pramod Mahajan (died at age 56), Madhav Rao Scindia (died at age 56), Rajesh Pilot (died at age 55) to name a few, when compared to the likes of Atal Behari Vajpayee, H.D Deve Gowda etc.? Sheila Dikshit’s is 70+, Manmohan Singh is nearly 80 and L.K Advani, already past!
Times are changing, mindset is changing and the two age band thresholds are indeed coming down, but it shouldn’t be a surprize that there is always going to be a lag between the general “youth” age band
and the “young politician” age band. Thresholds and perceptions do not change overnight. I wouldn’t be surprized if the 55-70 band swoops over in the coming elections!
Disappointing, but my “guestimate” would be another 10-20 years before seeing the 30-40 age band in our parliament!
However, the lag I have been talking about would still be there !!

By: thetrajectory Tue, 31 Mar 2009 23:22:07 +0000 I think candidates affiliated to political parties ultimately get drown in power politics irrespective of the age factor. Look at Varun Gandhi, he appeared to be a sensible guy, but the Hindutva fever has caught on him as well.
why not focus on independent candidates like Meera Sanyal and GR Gopinath? Read