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Rahul, Cong's Dhoni, says youth is future
March 26, 2008 13:21 IST
"At 37, I am an old person in India. The majority of India is younger than me," said Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi [Images], asking the youth to plunge into politics and prevail upon political parties to usher in internal democracy.
Noting that 70 per cent of India's population is young, Rahul, on a campaign trail ahead of the Assembly elections in Karnataka, said while old (people) are to be respected for their experience, there is value and strength in youth as well.
"In a sense, youth is the future."
Rahul Gandhi has been decribed in Congress circles as a Dhoni [Images]. Interestingly, Dhoni has recently hit out at the seniors in the cricket team, saying his focus is on youth.
Lamenting that political parties lacked internal democracy, the Nehru-Gandhi family scion asked the youth to raise their voice to highlight the issue.
"Youth should ask the question: When there is democracy in poll booth, why does it not exist in political parties", Rahul, who is on a four-day tour of Karnataka, asked at a function at Nanjangud in Mysore on Tuesday.
"No body is asking this "fundamental question... why is it that in a democratic country where everybody has vote, the same spirit is missing in political parties," he said.
He urged the youth to enter politics and make it different and bring refreshing change by "resisting the same game that every politician plays".
Interacting with tribal students at Vivekananda Smaraka Hospital, part of Swami Vivekananda youth movement, at Sirgur near Mysore, he criticised opponents of the Rs 60,000 crore loan waiver package announced in the Union Budget.
He said the critics are silent on the non-performing assets (with banks) of big industrialists.
Rahul, however, said there can't be "unlimited loan waiver" noting that financial limitation does not allow for such a move.
"Policy-making is all about balance, it has to be forward-looking, and not disruptive."
When a tribal girl asked him about his dream for new India, he said: "My dream for India is every child should dream."
"I intend to become an expert on tribal culture," he said in response to another query.
Rahul said the difference between the rich and poor in the country is having an opportunity. People should be provided access to opportunity, he added.