INTRODUCTIONMany initiatives are taken in many schools to develop the interest among students to enter Indian politics. The Field of politics is usually a perception that it is not suited to Educated People and this perception is being changed by many school students who take up the idea of politics as their career and help promoting the cause.IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH IN INDIAN POLITICSIn 2004, 50% of the Indian population was aged 30 years or younger; however, only 35 out of 543 Lok Sabha members (6%) were aged under 35. Nevertheless, a World Values Survey conducted by the World Bank showed that the proportion of people aged 18-24 who identified themselves as "very" or "rather" interested in politics was around 50%, an increase of 15% since 1990.All major political parties have youth and student wings, such as Indian Youth Congress, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, and Democratic Youth Federation of India.DEMOGRAPHIC DETAILSThe Indian economy is at tipping point. And the youth of this country will determine the direction the economy takes. As per the Census of India - 2001 the population under 34 years was around 41%. Some experts refer to this large proportion of youth as "demographic dividend". Others refer to it as "demographic disaster". So which way will the economy tip?Is our burgeoning youth a bane or boon? In the early 1980s China was in a position that India finds itself today. And China's current economic boom is said to be the direct consequence of the large proportion of youth in its population. According to some estimates the current proportion of population under 25 years in India is 51% and the proportion under 35 is about 66%. This predominance of youth in the population is expected to last until 2050. While the average age of an Indian in 2020 is expected to be 29 years, the average age for China is expected to be 37.With proper education, job openings and healthcare, our youth are sure to tip the economy in the right direction.
YOUTH POPULATION IN INDIA - 2001 (IN THOUSANDS)
Source: Census of India - 2001- C-Series Tables
WHY THE EDUCATED YOUTH MUST JOIN POLITICSn the backdrop of the Mumbai terror attacks, there has been a lot of talk about the need to go and vote... the need to elect the right government... the need for educated youth to come up and join politics and the need for a new political force that can bring about the real change. This topic is something that's very close to my heart, as ever since I can remember, may be since I was eight years old or so, I remember my father always told me that it is not politics which is dirty, but the people in politics who have made it dirty; and that politics is the biggest service to a nation that one can think of; something that...