Age in Politics is many a times taken very seriously, where it is generally assumed that someone in his 50’s and
60’s has matured enough to take up big roles. Many a times people even in their 20’s have shown lots of potential
prompting party high commands to give them important responsibilities. Today if we analyse the candidates put
forward by political parties in Telangana for 2018, most of these people come in the range of 50 years to 80
years. Although it is undoubtedly true that a young person cannot be given big posts just because he is young,
but only if he is showing great talent, vice-versa a person in his 50’s and 60’s should not generally assumed to
be really capable of taking big responsibilities or posts. We look at various pathways by which a young person
can get a chance in politics.
When it comes to children of dynasties or even established politicians, they usually get an early chance easily
due to their lineage. In TRS party Harish Rao, KT Rama Rao and Kavitha are dominating because of being
nephew and children respectively of K Chandrasekhar Rao(KCR), the Chief Minister of Telangana, this is same
with the case of Nara Lokesh in TDP. Again in Congress party Rahul Gandhi has become an MP as well as
Congress President due to being son of Rajiv Gandhi. Although in BJP Modi, Advani or Vajpayee do not have
their children taking big posts, but the second rung leadership persons like Yashwant Sinha, Raman Singh,
Vasundhara Raje, Kalyan Singh do have their children given important posts. Akhilesh Yadav Omar Abdullah,
Tejaswi Yadav follow the same rule. Similarly when we look at MIM party Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddin
Owaisi are the main leaders controlling the party, a power gifted to them because of being children of Salahuddin
Owaisi, the previous supremo of MIM party.
From this we conclude if you want to have good position in politics you have to be born to an established and
successful politician. But can just being a child of a politician give your everything? No, the rule is not true for
everyone. Many kids of famous politicians neither could win elections, nor stay in politics for a long period of time.
The second option for aspiring young politicians must then only be talent and not progeny.
In India we have got many persons who became big leaders at an young age, Ahmed Patel who is called no. 2 in
Congress Party became Lok Sabha MP at just 28 years. The Bihari leader Laloo Prasad who started as a student
leader and was part of Jayaprakash Narayan’s movement in 1970’s became Lok Sabha MP at 29 years. Other
leaders who started politics as student leaders are Ghulam Nabi Azad, Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shanker Prasad,
Sushma Swaraj. When it comes to our Telugu States, Chandrababu Naidu, a student leader became an MLA
and minister at just 28 years, K Chandrasekhar Rao became an MLA at 30 years. Presently in India we find only
some promising persons showing talent like Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mewani, Hardik Patel.
In the previous elections we have seen young and talented candidates like Balka Suman from TRS, Majid
Hussain Hyderabad Mayor from MIM. Revanth Reddy was also very promising when he debuted from TDP
almost a decade back. Whether it is a lack of responsibility from the senior leaders or a willingness to not
challenge their own hegemony on the party, still remains a question to be answered. BJP at the central level is
facing a leadership crisis as all its leaders are getting very old and not many young leaders are ready to replace
MIM party has put Afsar Pasha Qadri and Mumtaz Khan from Yakutpura and Charminar constituencies
respectively. Although these persons have been elected many times and are very senior in age, plus there were
heavy demands from the party workers to replace them, but it was not accepted by MIM supremo Asaduddin
Owaisi. It is said that Mumtaz Khan’s son wanted to contest from Yakutpura but was denied the ticket. One
reason being discussed by political observors is Akbaruddin Owaisi’s son will be eligible for next assembly
elections and he will be made to contest from Charminar or Yakutpura probably. If other young leaders are given
a ticket now in 2018, they might become strong in next elections of 2023 and will not leave the seat for Akbar
Owaisi’s son. Asad Owaisi’s son is very young and may not contest elections in next 2-3 elections. Like other
parties, MIM will be again dominated by Owaisi family from next generation too.
Looking at 2018 Telangana Assembly Elections, most of the parties have totally ignored young candidates. It is a
a fact that todays young and talented leaders will become tomorrow’s powerful leaders. The main job of great
leaders is to create more leaders, mentor young and upcoming talents. The question we the people of India must
ask is why are we not getting young leaders? If no party gives a ticket to youngsters, how will the youth be
attracted to the party? would they have the connect with politicians who are 70 or 80 years old? will such old
politicians understand the needs of youth? should youth vote for parties if they just want youth votes and not