STUDENT AND POLITICS
During the days of India’s struggle for independence, the students participation in politics deemed synonymous with their involvement in the pious cause of attaining freedom from the clutch of British. Students imbued with the desire to achieve freedom, threw themselves in hundreds and thousands into the turbulence of revolutionary politics. Their active participation in the struggle for freedom was undoubtedly useful for they possess required zeal and energy and in those peculiar circumstances, they were fully justified in sacrificing their studies at the altar of political freedom.
But with the country became independent, the situation has altogether changed. The reasonability of participation of students in the politics is required a thorough review. We have to see what do we expect from the students whether we want them to become politicians of tomorrow or we want them to become an Administrator, Scientist, Judge or alike. We should also review the present state of politics in our country and its impact on students.
Politics in many of Kerala’s church-run colleges is now officially being inked as a dirty word. A recent High Court order allowed college management to prohibit student from participating in political activities within campuses. But student unions of major political parties such as the Congress and the Communist party of India- Marxist say they will appeal against the order in Supreme Court as it is against the fundamental rights.
The change in political participation is currently a hotly discussed topic. Low turnouts in the 2001 and 2005 UK general elections, along with falling membership of political parties have led political organisations to discover the reasons for this (BBC, 2006). One method is to use comparative analysis. This “is about comparing aspects of countries’ political systems” (Dobson, 2005, p.140) to try ...
At least a dozen colleges run by the church have already enforced the May 26 order saying student politics have often disrupted studies and led to violence and killing. More colleges across the State are in the process of banning politics. The influential Inter-Church Council of Education- an apex union of various Christian educational management in Kerala has also written to all the colleges run by it to forbid politics in colleges.
“We no longer want colleges to allow students’ unions to fight elections under the political banners. We feel banning politics in campus would improve the quality of education and reduce various forms of violence perpetuated by the students in colleges,” ICCE Chairperson Archbishop Joseph Powathil of Changanassery told. “Kerala has suffered a lot because of violent students’ politics,” ha adds.
The unprecedented court judgement came after a student –Sajan Francis- filed a case against the church-run St. Thomas College Principal Father M.M.Mathew for preventing him from writing his second year degree examinations in April2002 on account of inadequate attendance. Farncis claimed the principal was vindictive towards him on account of being a Student Federation of India (SFI) activist. His petition, supported by SFI, also asked for a compensation of Rs 25,000 from the principal for the losses of one academic year.
But the court rejected Francis petition and ruled that St. Thomas College has the powers to enforce a ban on political activities of students. “It is open to the educational institutions to prohibit political activities within the college campuses and to forbid students from organizing or attending meeting other than the official ones within the college campus,” Kerala Court declared. “A restriction does not violate the rights such as freedom of speech and expression, freedom to form associations or unions under the constitution of India,” the judgement said.
Educationists say the ban was long overdue. Sabu Thomas told that since 1970 some 43 students have died due to violence instigated by campus politics. He stated SFI lost 30 activists, Kerala students’ union lost 10 and the ABVP lost 3 students. He says “A ban on campus politics will improve the quality of education. Let colleges be places of students’ intellectual growth not of political violence.”
From my point of view Student Politics Should Be Banned because it’s harmful for study and other people indeed. Student’s first duty is to acquire knowledge. They have to study and study for a better result. Politics only kill their valuable time. Many brilliant students are spoiled by politics. It is not necessary at all. To know what is good for our country we do not need to do politics. It is ...
But SFI Kerala unit President P.K.Biju disagrees. Termed the verdict as ‘cruel and undemocratic’, he says, “It is in colleges that students who shape their carriers, whether it is politics or any other fields. If politics is banned in colleges where will you get competent and visionary politicians for the future India?”
According to Kerala Assembly Speaker V. Purushothaman ‘Students need not have to involve themselves in politics and by doing so they are wasting their academic life’. He further stated that “time has come for student community to have a rethink on whether to join politics or else the decision can even lead to spoiling their future prospects,” the speaker said.
School students also seem wary of politics. ”Politicians are dishonest, corrupt and they never keep any promise they make. At least, if politicians can improve our lives, it’s fine. They only promise big things but deliver only long speeches,” replied the students in recent survey, when asked on the topic ‘what do they think about politicians of today’?
Students of today are the citizens of tomorrow. The propriety and necessity of the time requires that they should be well educated and fully equipped to face the challenges of this competitive world. Active participation of student in politics may spoil their career and defeat the very purpose and aim of studentship. Therefore, first of all, the students must make them fit, acquire the highest possible education and knowledge before the joins the battle of politics. Student generally proved failure in the political game being played by the veteran politicians, because they don’t understand the check and balance tricks of the game. In many cases they become exasperated and lose their patience and resort to violence and other crimes to prove their mettle. student life is an excellent period for preparing themselves fully for the responsibilities that they have to shoulder in future.
It does not mean that students should keep themselves aloof from the political situation of the surrounding. They must discuss and express their views freely without involving themselves in any controversy or activity, as such involvement may cost their valuable time and energy. The students must keep themselves abreast to the political problems not only of their own country but also of the world. They must apply their mind to understand the origin of such problems and solutions thereto.
... in politics should be limited only to the academic interest and acquisition of knowledge of working of various political systems. The student life must ... are not mature enough. Thus neither they become good students nor good politicians. They become the mixture of the two which brings ... much of their time to studies. If this period is wasted by any reason, they will have to face life long problems. ...
Now-a-days the regional and national political parties are indulging more and more in college elections utilizing the student leader for their own political goals. The criminalization of politics, nexus between politicians and the criminals, is again a very big sign of the present day political situation in the country. Unhealthy involvement of students with such politicians may ruin their career and spoil their life totally. So the best curse is to utilise the student life to equip themselves fully to shoulder the responsibilities of tomorrow and to achieve their true aim.