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Youth Interact With Political Leaders At Don Bosco Institute

By Bivan Mukhim
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Guwahati, Mar. 14. Don Bosco Institute, hosted a ''Youth & Political Leaders - Interaction'' titled ''My Space - My unManifesto'' on 14th March'2014 at the Don Bosco Institute (DBI) campus at Kharghuli, Guwahati.  The meet was organized in order to include the voices of young people in  governance and policy making of our nation through a Manifesto prepared and presented by young people to the political leaders present at the function. The meeting was attended by representatives from all political parties like BJP, Congress, AAP, AGP, and Trinamool Congress.
Initiated by ComMutiny - the Youth Collective, ''My Space - My unManifesto'' is a movement that has been  kick started to bring together young minds to discuss their vision for the world they want to co-create has now spread across to 20 states in the country.

Since September 2013, United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA)  has come on board as a primary supporter and partner of the campaign. UNFPA is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. The campaign is targeted at 14.5 lakh young people through both on ground and online interaction.

As more people belonging to the younger generation are embracing politics each day of the year, it becomes important for them to be prepared to claim the democratic spaces for themselves by experiencing it first-hand. The objective of the Meet was that this experience  would give them a real world opportunity to learn about themselves, about society and about their democracy like no book or speech can offer.

The event was titled''Youth and Political Leaders Interaction''with the  intent to create space where promising young people get an opportunity to have live interaction with the politicians to learn and understand what politics is and how party manifestos are made. It was also intended to convert ''unManifesto''(list of promises) into a manifesto by officially handing over to the political parties. T

his campaign has been launched with the objective of ''Learning and leadership building among youth to take informed stances and engage in everyday politics rather than just during election time.''

Many leaders belonging both to the national and regional parties shared their views with the enthusiastic students from DBI and the various participating institutions. Some of the delegates included Shri Bolin Bordoloi  (INC), Mr.Umesh Baishya (BJP), Dr.Deba Kumar Burman (Trinamool Congress), Ms.Tinat Masood (INC), Shri. Biraj Sarma (AGP) Shri Sameer Sharma (AAP).

The senior representatives of the parties stressed on the need for involving the youth in the decision-making process of the government, promoting new leadership in political parties, encouraging entrepreneurship, women empowerment, decentralization of power.  They welcomed the suggestions given by the students on opening up political space and building a new India.  The leaders stressed on the fact that the youth  should have a say in every important decision the government takes which should be a two-way process.

The representatives of the various political parties highlighted that the North East of India has remained one of the most backward regions of the country as a consequence of geo-political and historical events. The bewildering varieties of racial and linguistic origin of the region's population, the complexities of their socio-cultural ethos, difficult terrain, and peculiar geographical location have made communication of ideas and innovation in the North East an extremely difficult task. They remarked that this has resulted in high unemployment.

They highlighted that on importance of linkages between skill development, employment creation, poverty elimination and economic growth all of which are the responsibility of the educated youth who have to take the role of gate keepers and ensure that the funds marked for the North East are allowed to percolate down to the targeted groups and properly utilizedthus inducing regional development.

The programme ended on a positive note with the students cheering the delegates and wishing them success in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The programme was anchored by Fr. Cletus, Deputy Director and Ms. Pinky of DBI.
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