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Old August 30th, 2010, 10:19 PM
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Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

This always has the voters confused - do they vote for an energetic, more up-to-date, dynamic appearing youngster or for an elderly experienced person with a proven track record?

It is very difficult to define "young" in politics. It can be a broad range of upto 50, even 55 years. So, I guess it would differ with individual cases, so maybe most of the voters mean "youthful appearing" when they say young.

The topmost ministers, PM and CMs included, have to function under tremendous pressure of running a government of a welfare state (as our constitution envisages) as well as face the various political moves by their detractors (maybe from the opposition parties or from within) to topple them from their position. So, I believe that the office holders should come up the ranks, having had the experience of nuts and bolts of the government and politics.

I would like a Prime Minister to have come up the ranks from a Corporator/ Panchayat member, MLA, various positions in the State govt, Chairmanship of some institutions, MP, again various positions in the Central govt, leading up to MoS then Cabinet rank and then PM. Even better if the person was involved in student politics during his education period.

Considering that the person would spend 3-4 years at each stage, it would take him 25-35 years to reach the topmost positions.. That would put him at 60+ years of age by the time he reaches the topmost echelons of government.

Is such a person young? Certainly not. Maybe middle-aged but not young nor youthful looking.

Does he have the energy for the job? Generally yes, since he is near his target and wants to make his mark on the history, the success gives him a boost.

Does he understand today's requirement? Such a person would generally have a team of advisers to keep him uptodate on the modern matters.

Does he understand tomorrow's requirements ? Of course !! He has been around a long time and understands the nature of our constitution. He is well versed with the strengths and weaknesses, the goals of the nation. He is also familiar with the foreign countries and is not overly enamored of foreign cultures, which a younger person is more susceptible. He can see the developments around the world through an Indian lens.

Everybody will agree that we need a mixed bag in the government. I am talking about the top honchos - the PM / CMs, the cabinet ministers etc.

Edit : While mentioning your choice, please also define what you mean by young. What characteristics would you look for to call a politician "young" or "old".
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

What a question? What difference does it make? Just because a top official is young does it make him/her less corrupt? And what about required experience to function effectively?
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

Exactly. I did make that point. A younger politician may not have the required relevant experience. So, IMO, an older politician is better.

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I would like a Prime Minister to have come up the ranks from a Corporator/ Panchayat member, MLA, various positions in the State govt, Chairmanship of some institutions, MP, again various positions in the Central govt, leading up to MoS then Cabinet rank and then PM. Even better if the person was involved in student politics during his education period.

Considering that the person would spend 3-4 years at each stage, it would take him 25-35 years to reach the topmost positions.. That would put him at 60+ years of age by the time he reaches the topmost echelons of government.
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

Offcourse I would like to see Murli Deora's son and Rahul Gandhi to take up good positions at the top and their training is underway. Murli Deora junior is already a minister in the center. He should soon be in a position like his illustrous father in the next few years.
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

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Offcourse I would like to see Murli Deora's son and Rahul Gandhi to take up good positions at the top and their training is underway. Murli Deora junior is already a minister in the center. He should soon be in a position like his illustrous father in the next few years.
Right.. so what form should the political apprenticeship take? Various government positions (executive or legislative).

In a few years, Rahul Gandhi will be 50. Will you consider him young? How old is Deora Junior? and when will you consider him ok to take up his father's place?
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

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Right.. so what form should the political apprenticeship take? Various government positions (executive or legislative).

In a few years, Rahul Gandhi will be 50. Will you consider him young? How old is Deora Junior? and when will you consider him ok to take up his father's place?
Congress grooms its future leaders properly over a period of years unlike some parties where the offspring becomes an irrelevant photographer or a tv reality show monkey performing tv marriages.

50 is still young compared to some older politicians. Its the right mix of experience plus not too old age.
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

Rahul Gandhi is too old now. There is a Generation gap between today's Youth and him .

Congress should promote Sachin Pilot who is young and equally handsome as Prime Minister.
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Rahul Gandhi is too old now. There is a Generation gap between today's Youth and him .

Congress should promote Sachin Pilot who is young and equally handsome as Prime Minister.
These prominent sons are a good example, but whoever, shouldn't they do more apprenticeship at the ground level, since they have an opportunity to do so too. Simply "organizational experience" isn't enough.
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

Barak Obama's relative inexperience was overlooked, in view of his youthfulness and charisma, but how does the average american feel about him now?

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Daniel S. Loeb, the hedge fund manager, was one of Barack Obama’s biggest backers in the 2008 presidential campaign.

A registered Democrat, Mr. Loeb has given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Democrats. Less than a year ago, he was considered to be among the Wall Street elite still close enough to the White House to be invited to a speech in Lower Manhattan, where President Obama outlined the need for a financial regulatory overhaul.

So it came as quite a surprise on Friday, when Mr. Loeb sent a letter to his investors that sounded as if he were preparing to join Glenn Beck in Washington over the weekend.

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Yes. It can be argued that it was the old fuddy-duddies who were in charge when the financial crisis happened. It can also be argued that older, highly qualified fuddier-duddier people are in-charge when India is facing its most prolonged period of inflation, but would younger one's have fared better?

It was the old politicians like PVN who are credited with catapulting India into 21st century economically, opening up the economy etc.
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

I think we need a mix of young and the experienced in politics. Just ike any other work place; young minds do get many ideas about improvements to be done (projects or society).
There should be a mix.
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I think we need a mix of young and the experienced in politics. Just ike any other work place; young minds do get many ideas about improvements to be done (projects or society).
There should be a mix.
Congress is the only party with the perfect mix of young, experienced and old.
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Congress is the only party with the perfect mix of young, experienced and old.

but all congressi have no idea how to make a new direction of corruptionfree/developed/proud India. They are fully capable of running the country on the same path for another 60 years and then it ll collapse and the politicians are out of there with handsome money in swiss banks.

BJP can but the full majority is what they need for atleast 15 years to make the things change.
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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

Age brings experience into any organization, and people grow up in the organization both mentally as well as grow in hierarchy of the organization.

Similarly, politicians should grow up in the organization to take higher position.

A party needs both young and old people to run their organization

But if we really want young bunch to enter into politics so we need various amendments, age to contest for legislative assembly should be brought down to 21 from 25 and age for contesting for parliament should be brought to 21 from 30 etc

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Re: Does India need Young Leaders in the topmost offices of Govt?

See our young police officers,they dont want money and if you have comitted minor offence and with repentence request them they would even let you go but if you try to bribe them then there is not escaping the hands of law.

Compare it to the senior police personels,the first thing they want is money and accordingly will magnify the case to extract the maximum from you even if the offence is as small say broken mirror on your bike.

The difference between the two generation is because of education,today the youth is more educated compared the youths of earlier generation.

This cant be the same with younger politicians after all politics makes a person cheat,lie ,steal,murder and what not
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