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Are we Politically correct?
Anukriti Sharma | Thursday, 12 January 2017 AT 11:48 AM IST
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Since Independence, several leaders have come into power and made impactful decisions, which have either mobilised the country and strengthened it further or have shaken it up. The current political situation is largely dominated by the constant war of words between PM Narendra Modi and vice-president of Indian National Congress party Rahul Gandhi, the demonetisation move, and the ‘Pari’war between Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav, amongst other issues. The turmoil is constantly growing and leaving people amused, confused and frustrated. On National Youth Day, we ask youngsters about their views on the current political scenario of our country:

The current political scenario is highly frustrating to the point that it has become amusing. A situation such as the demonetisation move  that could have been capitalised by The Opposition largely went unopposed and the factual arguments made in Parliament were subdued by hysterical drama, courtesy Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal and the like. The middle class is bearing the weight of economic downsizing that when opposed brings forth claims of one being anti national.
— Arindam Sen, 26,  Engineer, Kolkata

It amuses me actually. The ministers and the political parties have all turned the Indian political scene into a circus. All jingoists ... Take the case of the recent demonetisation drive... Well, it was introduced  for a noble cause, but is it really working? Personally, I think they could have executed it better and thought about the poor majority who are suffering the most. For that matter, I actually hoped this year our politicians would focus on issues like the upliftment of the third gender, women’s safety, etc. If all our leaders are busy solving their inner circle conflicts and engaging in so much mud slinging, who is taking care of this country ?
— Susmita Seram Sangha, 25,  Literature student, Manipur

I am actually disappointed with the whole political situation. It just reflects how dirty politics has become. Take the case of Samajwadi party. For the first time in the history of Indian politics, a father may have thrown his son out of the party and then taken him back after 24 hours. If that is how messed up their internal relations are, how do they plan on serving the nation? And if that was a way of getting people’s attention, then it is a really desperate move and unacceptable. Demonetisation, on the other hand, caused such a furore in the nation. It makes me wonder if our voting has any importance!
— Surbhi Sharma, 24, Lawyer, Delhi

The current government came to power after a massive win at the general elections promising us that good days were on the charts. Half way into their tenure and I am (can’t say for the masses) still waiting for the promise to be fulfilled, for the good days to start. But I am not sure whether I or the nation or the political parties will benefit from the good days because all three can’t be satisfied altogether. I am also amused with the numerous public policies that are launched every other day, with little or no effect, with crores of bank accounts opened, with binary digit balances, with the Constitution shouting secularism but local mobs still preaching their beliefs, and government having little or no interference. The current political situation safeguards the establishment, the local goons and jingoism. It will be quite a hypocrisy to judge the US elections when we did pretty much similar two years before. While the Mulayam-Akhilesh situation is more like the foam after you stir your drink. It may bring them sympathy but also reflects on the kind of politics we have become accustomed to.
— Abhishek Agrawal, 24, Engineer Rajasthan

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