Youth in the Future of Indian Democracy
It is evident that majority of youth voters (including the first time voters) in India is indifferent and almost they are silent about the 17th poll. It is not that they are withdrawing themselves from their right to vote. Then, why their participation in politics or election is passive in nature. Exceptionally, Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar of Uttar Pradesh is in the battle as a youth representative. His struggle is quite separate from other youth contesting in the poll because they have their bio-political attachment. Their family might be historically considered as the political families.

The history of Indian Democracy reminds us that once youth(college & University students) took the greatest part in the poll, and they were involved in debate in national policy. Their participation was a direction to the leaders of political parties.

But why Indian youth (dominating population) is aloof from politics? It is obviously a matter of serious thinking and consideration so far the future of Indian democracy is concerned. This vibrant section is not interested in politics, while they are the would be policy-makers of the country. Their activeness might change the overall policy of this democratic Nation.

Most of them opined that it is a subject of a particular community which is mostly enjoying benefits from this democracy. They viewed that no one would do good because it has become a platform of personal gain. They avoid it because there is so much violence, corruption and the acts of the leaders are very much non-patriotic. So, they are in search of a job, and a portion is thinking of shifting to out of country because here there is any scope and so forth.
In last general poll, it had been assured for creation of bulk amount jobs to overcome the unemployment problem. Practically, it was a false promise.

A section of youth population is very much active in politics. Their youthful strength is being used by the particular political parties differently. They are being used as muscle power for hooliganism. They are being trapped for meeting interest of the political parties. Due to lack of any right platform, they enter into the darkness. And it is nothing but an orientation of making goons for the future. Political parties are nurturing them to lead democracy with dishonesty and corruption. Thus, later they would be the future policy-makers and people's representatives of the country. Wrong people are wrongly transferring the democratic power to the wrong.

Surprisingly, in this poll, no party has specific strategy to overcome the most urgent crisis of unemployment seriously.

Due to these uncertain out comings of politics Indian, youth is in silent. But it is not a healthy signal for the future of democracy. Our sensitive section and all others should think it. Democracy of this nation is in true thrust.
Harasankar Adhikari

Hindi as compulsory language?
The recent draft educational policy's advocacy of Hindi as a compulsory language of instruction, and the centre's retreat after angry protests from the south have revealed a truth, namely that there has been going on an insidious attempt to impose Hindi on the non-Hindi-speaking states in the name of the cry of one language, one nation, one religion. The soul of India lies in its diversity, and Bengali or Tamil is as much an Indian language as is Hindi. The richness of Bengali literature is too well-known to be reiterated. That does not imply that the Bengali language should be imposed on non-Bengalis.
P Chakraborty,
Birbhum, West Bengal

Vol. 51, No. 51, Jun 23 - 29, 2019