Essay writing – Students and Politics

Students and Politics

The question of the participation of students in politics has always evoked a lot of discussion. It has been a very controversial subject. The discussion goes on between students, teachers, poli­ticians and well-wishers of the student community. In spite of their best efforts, no satisfactory solution has so far been found out.

Those who oppose the participation of students in politics put up a strong case. They argue that politics is a dirty game. It disturbs the peace of mind of the students. The primary duty of a student is to pay single- minded attention to his studies. Only then will he be able to achieve anything in life. Politics greatly interferes in the studies of the students. At times, it brings them into a serious clash with the authorities or with the police. All these disrupt the student’s studies. He loses his real purpose in life and goes astray. Education should aim at moulding responsible citizens, at developing qualities like truthfulness, responsibility and discipline in the students. A student should also be able to uphold values like democracy, secularism and unity. Citizenship training doesn’t mean involvement in politics. Students should be taught about the constitution, the election process and the administrative process. It is not necessary that a student should involve in politics to learn these. Students do not learn anything worth from the political parties in the present day. Political parties use students to attain their political ends by dragging them the streets for strikes and for acts of violence. Students who are not mature enough to decide what is righted wrong often follow these masters blindly and land themselves in trouble.

Those who argue in favour of student participation in politics say that this leads to a harmonious development of a student’s personality. It makes him aware of what is happening in his country and in the world around him. It develops in him the qualities of leadership. It gives him training in the democratic way of life. He grows into a responsible and cultured citizen. It creates in him a sense of patriotism. As a leader in the making, he develops such qualities as courage, sincerity of purpose, spirit of service, sympathy for the fellowmen, self-discipline and devotion to duty.

It is difficult to pronounce any verdict in favour of one or the other point-of-view. In conclusion, we can say that a student should take part in politics, but it should not be an active participation. Students should pay primary attention to their studies. They should, at the same time, keep themselves informed of what is happening around them. They should not desist from jumping into politics if the situation threatens the unity or the freedom of the country. Young students have idealism in their lives. It is only they who can sacrifice their personal interests for the national cause. They can make politics nation-oriented when a situation arises.

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