We’ve heard it all before: the youth of today are not engaged or interested with politics, and who can blame them? With scenes of MPs in the Houses of Commons roaring with laughter in a feud that sounds like it has come straight out of the Eton playground, the distance between an ordinary student and the people in power can seem gigantic.
But students shouldn’t feel put-off politics because, ultimately, it will affect them throughout their lives. There is the comfort of being at university, and we can resist the title of ‘adult’ that little bit longer. Sadly, though, all good things must come to an end, and many students I have met at university choose to distance themselves from anything even remotely political.
It’s fairly easy to go through uni without engaging with politics but this arguably defeats one aim of going in the first place: to prepare for your future. Being a student is like being in a sort of limbo between a teenager at home having to go to school, and living independently and actually (or hopefully) being employed. There’s no doubt that many students dread the end of their final year.
The truth is, whether or not a housing bill is passed, or whether the Government is scrapping jobs in a certain sector, or any other decisions made in Parliament, these decisions will directly affect graduates who are trying to make a living.
As part of growing up, everyone should start speaking up for what they believe in - and university is a great place to start. There are endless opportunities to get involved and get your opinions out there, such as question-and-answer sessions for the students’ union elections, or public debates on national issues. You don’t need to be an aspiring MP or politics student to attend - and you could leave having learnt a lot.
Events, such as the recent i paper's iDebate in Leeds, bring students closer to leading political figures and are a perfect opportunity to initiate an excitement for politics among young people. The most recent iDebate discussed the motion ‘British politics does nothing for young people’ and saw a host of leading political figures battle-it-out in an evening of healthy, and dare I say enjoyable, debate.
During the event, there was serious encouragement for young people to get involved in politics. One of the politicians on the panel, 24-year-old SNP MP Stuart Donaldson, said: “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough, so get involved.” There’s no denying the current political landscape fails to captivate every single young person, but if students attended events like these - and took an active role in reading, listening, or taking part in politics - they will be able to make a difference.
The fact that the young audience voted against the motion at the end of the debate demonstrates how such events can narrow the gap between the ordinary student and the people in power. I implore all students, at some point in your student life, to go to an event, debate or protest, and I can guarantee it will get you thinking about politics. Whether you agree or disagree, you’re a step closer to getting your voice heard.
In terms of protesting, the modern student activist has a wealth of resources. Social media has enabled students or organise protests in a much easier way. It takes a matter of minutes to find out what protests are about, and taking part in them can help them be heard.
Online petitions have become the latest way to express agreement, or the opposite, regarding an issue. On websites such as Change.org, anyone can make a petition, and if they gather enough signatures, they get free publicity. Furthermore, there are government petitions that, if they acquire enough signatures, must be debated in Parliament, another opportunity for students to communicate with politicians.
The decisions made by those in power while student are at university are more than likely to be in full effect by the time he or she graduates. It may be too late to complain when you’re struggling so getting ahead, so forming even just a basic relationship with politics will serve you well for life.Reuse content
Participation of Students in Politics
Students and Politics
Students and Political Agitations
The question of the participation of students in politics has always evoked a lot of discussion. It has been a very controversial subject. Two contrasting opinions have been expressed by the two groups of people. Both the groups are equally convinced of the merits of their cases. The discussion goes on between the students, teachers, politicians and other well-wishers of the student community. In spite of their best efforts, no satisfactory or convincing 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 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. He is supposed to lead a life of penance or “Tapasya.” He cannot and should not afford to take part in the luxury of politics.
Politics causes a great interference in the studies of the students. Interest in politics leads a student to an active participation in strikes, demonstration and processions. At times, it brings him into serious clash with the college authorities or the police. May be, he lands himself in jail. All this disrupts his studies and he is pushed off the rails. He loses his real purpose in life and goes astray. Participation in politics, thus, spoils a student’s career and makes him useless for any purpose other than strikes, demonstrations and slogan shouting.
Those who support the participation of students in politics make out an equally strong case. They argue that education does not mean were literacy. It means a total and all round development of personality. Participation in politics leads to 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 also develops in him the qualities of leadership. Instead of being a timid, shy book-worm, he grows into an aggressive, dominating and alert young man who knows how to fight the battle of life.
Some people are of the opinion that students can really change the shape of things in the country. The old generation has miserably failed to deliver the goods. Rampant corruption and unprincipled politics have brought the country to the brink of disaster. Why should the students not rise to the occasion to stem the rot? They have given a lead in several countries and have proved to be the harbingers of revolutions. They can certainly bring change in the sad state of affairs prevailing in the country at present.
Participation in politics trains a student to be a good citizen. It gives him training in the democratic way of life. He grows into a responsible and cultured citizen who is an asset to the nation. It creates in him a sense of patriotism. He knows his duties towards his country. HE has a fair knowledge of the affairs of the world. He develops a debating skill and he can always put forward his point of view with force and conviction. He develops all the qualities of head and heart. He is trained for leadership. As a leader in the making, he develops such qualities as courage, sincerity of purpose, a spirit of service, sympathy for the fellow men, self-discipline and a devotion to duty.
Student period is the formative period in his life. A student must develop all such qualities in him during this period as enable him to lead a successful life. If he kept totally away from politics, he is likely to grow into a lop-sided personality. If we study the lives of our great leaders, we shall find that most of them did take an active part in politics even during their student days.
Now, it is difficult to pronounce any verdict in favour of one or the other point of view. The golden mean would probably be the best way out. A student should take part in politics but it should not be an active participation. All activities are good if one remains within reasonable limits. Students should, therefore, pay primary attention to their studies. They should, at the same time, keep themselves informed about what is happening around them. They should not hesitate from jumping into politics if the situation threatens the unity and the freedom of the country.
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