“Election is a mechanism by which people choose their representatives at regular intervals and change them if they wish to do so.”
This is something we all have studied in our schools. But we wonder what good will the land, noise, social pollution do?
The political party which wins tries to be the voice of students and helps them face and solve problems. In an election, the voters/ students have many choices. They can choose the one who will make laws for them and would be beneficial for the college and students.
They can choose the one party whose policies will guide the college and lead them in a better way. So, Elections are considered essential for college’s future and betterment. How, now you might be wondering. Here is our answer on this:
We need to understand-
There has been a recent spurt in incidences of violence, strikes, protest movements in our educational institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Film and Television Institute of India, Hyderabad University etc. albeit for different reasons. Regardless of how genuine or not-so-genuine their reasons are, the situation raises some very important questions.
Do we need politics in our institutions? If it is allowed, how much politicization is desirable, for a line has to be drawn somewhere? And more importantly, what kind of politics do we want?
To understand the need for politics in our institutions, the realities of society we live in need to be understood. Politics today, whether desirable or not, has become totalitarian in nature all around the world, varying only in terms of degree. It has become so pervasive that there exists no social institution that is not affected by politics or is devoid of internal politics.
To bring about this holistic change in the nature of politics in our institutions, the most important thing is to guarantee the complete autonomy of these institutions.
This includes management, appointment (of professors, staff, Heads of Departments, Vice-Chancellors etc.), financial autonomy, student selection procedure, course and curriculum selection. The need of the hour is to democratize our educational institutions.
What benefit does this process bring to students?
There was a time when politics was associated with only the middle-aged and senior citizens.
The presence of youth in politics was not welcomed, with the exception of a few. However, in a country with the world’s largest youth population undoubtedly, their voice matters. In the past few years, there has been a huge rise in the involvement of students in politics.
Time and again, we have seen how they have stood together to raise their voice against social injustices and have made a huge impact on policies affecting them, such as safety of women, reservation, academic freedom, etc.
On the other hand, we have also witnessed incidents of rioting where students take the law into their own hands and disrupt daily affairs over a clash of political ideologies. It is therefore important to analyze the role of student unions. These future leaders, student unions are the first step to understanding how a democracy works.
When asked whether student unions could serve the purpose without politicization, one can say, “It all depends on how you view politics. Our country has come this far because there are different parties having different ideologies and everyone gets to voice their opinion.”
We hope that our youth will choose a deserving party in the upcoming elections as it will directly affect their college lives for this term. Go and vote guys!
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