Jose John February 25, 2016 No Comments
STUDENTS AND POLITICS Since the days of Britishers students have been advised by their teachers and parents not to take part in politics. The Britishers knew that it is the young who can revolt against them successfully. Thus, in pre-independence days, the students who participated in the freedom movement, which was politics in those days, were expelled from schools and colleges. Centuries of slavery had made people—the parents and guardians-docile. They did not want their sons and daughters to suffer imprisonment or loss of material gains. Thus politics was out of bounds for students. Still it was students who turned revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Raj guru, Sukhdev, Chandrasekhar Azad and many others. A very large number of students, throughout the country, left schools and colleges on the call of Mahatma Gandhi. The efforts of these youngman brought freedom to the nation. It was not justified to say that students should not take part in politics. Personal interests are to be sacrificed for national interests. After independence opportunism and corruption entered the national life. It affected every field of the social fabric. Politics could not remain aloof. It became the prerogative of one political party in India. It was said that this political party had achieved freedom for India. The...
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Jose John December 26, 2015 No Comments
STUDENTS AND POLITICS The subject of students in politics has become a pertinent issue today in view of the concern expressed by the Supreme Court, about a students’ union elections recently held at a well-known university. Reportedly, there were instances of rowdy behaviour by some of the Union leaders within the campus and lavish flow of money in the election campaigns. Earlier, the court had examined yet another case where student union members had bashed up teachers and locked up their Vice Chancellor for catching students copying in the examination. It was revealed by the court that college elections were being fought not by genuine students, but by professionals who fulfilled the eligibility criteria by getting themselves enrolled in one or the other of the courses. It is, therefore, important in the above context for students to understand what “politics” is and what the true role of a “politician” is. The literal meanings of the two words are – the activities associated with controlling and managing the affairs of a group of people, and the term politician connotes a person who involves himself into politics as a job, and not as a matter of casual interest. It appears from the above meanings that politics involves organizing people and directing...
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Jose John December 9, 2015 No Comments
STUDENTS AND POLITICS Students of today are the future guardians of our nation’s des­tiny. They are the moulders and builders of future India. Political consciousness is, therefore, an indispensable factor contributing to the growth and development of a nation. Students of India must cultivate a sublime sense of discipline, which is one of the essential requisites of democracy. Should students take part in politics? It has been one of the most baffling questions before our national leaders. Those who oppose the participation of students in politics put up a strong case. They argue that politics is a dirty game. It creates groups and parties and leads to permanent enmities. It disturbs the peace of mind of the students. The primary duty of a student is to pay single-minded attention to his studies. They agree that a student cannot afford to take part in the luxury of politics. Politics makes a great interference in their studies. Their interest gets diverted from the main aspect. Interest in politics leads a stu­dent to be an active participant in strikes, demonstrations and pro­cessions, as a result of which he loses his real purpose in life and goes astray. Participation in politics thus spoils a student’s career. Those who support the participation of students...
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