Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 12
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said dynastic politics was the biggest enemy of democracy and the onus to root it out was on the youth. Exhorting youngsters to join politics, the Prime Minister said till the time they came forward, the poison of dynasties would continue to weaken democracy.
He was addressing the second National Youth Parliament virtually on the occasion of Swami Vivekenanda’s birth anniversary.Citing lessons from the life of Swami Vivekananda, the Prime Minister said dynastic politics was the source of social and political corruption, and the youth must lead the eradication of this “disease”.
He said a new awakening in the country was witnessing people supporting honesty and performance with surnames no longer enough to win elections. “Days for those who won on surnames are over. You also need to show a strong CV now and public representatives have realised this,” the Prime Minister said, lamenting that there were still people whose goals were driven by the urge of preserving their family legacies for whom it’s “me and my family rather than nation first.”
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“Political dynasties, like a new form of dictatorship, are raising the burden of non-performance on the country,” he said in the presence of Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and ministers of education and youth Ramesh Pokhriyal and Kiren Rijiju.
Noting that people who have a legacy of corruption now find corruption a burden, the Prime Minister said dynasts had a feeling that “if their past generations were not held accountable, they could also get away”.
“They see such distorted examples in their own houses. That’s why such people have no respect for the law nor fear for it. The onus of changing this scenario is on the youth and the awakening of the country,” he said. The youth should participate in politics not with the intention to receive but with the intention to give. “Until youngsters enter politics, the poison of dynasties will continue to weaken our democracy. Youth participation in politics is critical to save democracy,” said. The PM said the youth have to make this century the century of India. “Let your decisions be inspired by national good. Swami Vivekananda used to say the youth must become the builders of India,” he said.