• Youth have always been in politics especially at the time of reform movements. Most of these young people are in informal politics rather than formal politics. Ex – Social movements, Pressure groups etc.
  • There are some formal student wings in political parties dedicated to the young peoples’ participation in politics. Ex – Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Indian Youth Congress etc.

Importance of youth in Politics:-

  • Fresh and innovative ideas.
  • Comparatively young people have fewer responsibilities and more zeal towards the betterment of society.
  • Youth tends to more enthusiastic, energetic and flexible.
  • India is one of the youngest democracies having 65% of its population below the 35 years. But the percentage of the young MPs is just 13% in the parliament, which is a drawback to the representativeness of the democracy.
  • Policies affecting youth can be framed by young people themselves rather than old politicians, who most probably cannot feel the contemporary problems young people are facing.
  • By making politics accessible to youth, the negative perceptions of politics can be slowly erased in the minds of young people.
  • The involvement of young people in politics ensures inclusiveness.
  • Older politicians have to prove their loyalty to their political parties by supporting their authoritarian practices because of the long term commitment to their parties. Young people are at advantage in this case, because for them, ideals and ideas dominate their commitment to the political parties.
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Negative side:-

  • Young people tend to have idealistic and unrealistic visions for society, which may not be successful in implementation.
  • They lack experience. Experience teaches tolerance and the ability to have realistic visions.
  • Young people can easily be manipulated and can be used as mere puppets in the hands of older politicians. This can be clearly seen in the violence and destruction of public properties by a few student groups.


  • At present, Politics are not accessible to the common young people.
  • Most of the young politicians of the present generation are from political families.
  • Politics is not a career option in the present days and there is a strong negative feeling in the minds of people on politics that it is only for the corrupt. So, parents don’t encourage their children to settle in it.
  • Economic constraints. Being active in politics doesn’t ensure a regular paycheck.
  • Even if one choose politics as a career, she/he has to wait for a really long time to get public support.
  • Lack of political institutions.
  • No incentives for political participation.
  • A threat to life, if they are sincere.

What needs to be done:-

  • Reservation for youth should be created in the political parties and in the parliament as well. The children and relatives of the politicians should be excluded from this reservation benefits.
  • Political participation of youth should be beyond the mere casting of vote. Young people must be involved in the process of elections as election observers, poll station workers etc.
  • Youth should be given the opportunity to do an internship in parliament.
  • Political awareness should be given to the students of schools and universities and they should be encouraged to participate in politics.
  • Student wings of the political parties need to be given more strength and priority.
  • Skills training has to be provided to young politicians by experienced politicians.
  • Political awareness campaigns must ensure that young people are turning out in the elections to cast their vote.
  • Student wings of the political parties have to be too transparent.
  • Young people led community development programs and volunteering organizations must be supported by the government.
  • There is a need to form local level youth councils.
  • Youth groups should be allowed to visit the national parliaments.
  • Youth movements should be dealt in a respectable way and their voices need to be heard in the parliament.
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What other countries are doing:-

  • In Uganda, five seats are reserved for youth representatives in the parliament.
  • ‘National Youth Parliament’ in Srilanka influences National youth policies.
  • Youth enrollment campaign in Australia educates young voters with fun activities.


There is a dearth of young talent in the present politics. Youth should be given the opportunity to prove themselves by making politics accessible to them. The right balance of young talent and experienced politicians can lead to the cleaning of politics and can restore the public faith in the political system.

Your Turn…

Do you support the participation of young people in politics? And what are your thoughts about this topic? Feel free to express your opinion in the comment section.

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  • K A REDDY, Aug 25, 2023 @ 10:06 pm Reply

    #Yes 100% young minds can involve in politics.
    -Young minds can develop the country with new innovative ideas.
    -Old minds must give opportunities to young minds to share their ideas and abilities.
    -First and foremost imp thing is-every Young mind can know their own ideas,skills and abilities to develop their own minds.
    -Young minds can do country young and happy.

  • Kanimozhi, Jun 24, 2022 @ 11:48 am Reply

    I think, if a youngster can become an IAS officer and making decisions…then why can’t be an Politician. Of course old people also make some mistakes…but then they can learn. So we want some change in Everything. As Youth in Politics.

  • Rajaram, Jan 1, 2021 @ 11:45 pm Reply

    Youth in politics – youth lack of experience. They have only bookish knowledge.

    • Nilesh, Apr 9, 2023 @ 10:26 am Reply

      Yes They Have Bookish Knowledge and to implement these bookish Knowledge old politicians who have “whole lot of experience and knowledge” should encourage young minds to participate in politics to gain experiences to learn .

    • Ruchitha, Jan 19, 2024 @ 7:12 pm Reply

      Ya I support the youth politics because only youth can be change the politics first of all we need to remove the negative thoughts about politics in every mind first we should ce to know how is the youth can change the politics we create awareness on the people

  • Kajal, Sep 12, 2019 @ 7:55 pm Reply

    Yes… my opinion youth should join or participate in politics. Youth are the future of our country and they know the new ideas that how to take the right decision for a better development of our country.
    But there is also a negative side of this….if youth people are not properly knowinh about the social development or how to make correct decision or if they have lack of knowledge then it wipl give bad impact.
    It said “old is gold”.

  • Manoj Kumar, Apr 26, 2019 @ 12:36 pm Reply

    Look at the vision of majority that’s the good thing politics but after joining politics facing the forcely thing. Like that don’t try to be a well person in politics….. Thanks

  • Kamal beniwal, May 28, 2018 @ 10:26 pm Reply

    Hindrances for youth to enter into politics are their safety, financial support, lot of hard work, patience & time.

    • Team GD Ideas, May 30, 2018 @ 7:32 am Reply

      That’s right!

  • Trivedi, Feb 14, 2018 @ 12:47 pm Reply

    It’s ryt that youth are future of the politics but it also important to have some experience in politics to do better and effective social works…

  • Comrade umar ibrahim kalli, Feb 9, 2018 @ 1:03 pm Reply

    Yes 100%
    No society can developed without youth. Because youth have 75% in every society. For example ilke African countries
    By the year 2020 the heap of the world population Will be youth by UN.

  • D.Sadanandam., Nov 25, 2017 @ 10:49 pm Reply

    Its correct but immediately we require young political organisation.

  • Longtsaba T Sangtam, Sep 23, 2017 @ 8:40 am Reply

    It’s absolutely right sir because in this present juncture just acquiring bookish knowledge ( theory)is useless…chance must be provided to furnish their a chance to put the learnt theory into practical is must.

  • Ali haider, Oct 18, 2016 @ 2:58 am Reply

    yes i support the participation of young people in politics.The reason behind this is that the way of looking to the current situations of india in youngs is much more differ from those who are old.Though they are experience but they can share their ideas with the that the young ones should harness the rich part of those ideas and adding their ideas thus by converting the idea into a better one which can prove benificial to the society as well.The young peoples know how the todays people think and they can implement the their ideas in the way which can help the present population.considering the negative side of the topic experience politician can easily manipulate the young ones but if they are resisted from interfering into the young matters by some sort of law then we and the young people can turn our counrty into a diversified one.

  • Rajitha, Feb 29, 2016 @ 7:05 am Reply

    Participating in Politics at young age disturbs studies

    • GD Ideas, Mar 3, 2016 @ 12:51 pm Reply

      That’s a valid concern.

    • Ali haider, Oct 18, 2016 @ 2:42 am Reply

      we can include poiltical subjects in our regular subjects thats the only solution that i see.

    • Harisha, Feb 28, 2017 @ 11:11 pm Reply

      Studies gives just bookish knowledge. Participating in politics gives practical knowledge and satisfaction.

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