Friday, October 01, 2010

On the Youth Congress Election in Chhattisgarh: Fight for Faith

इस लेख को हिंदी में यहाँ पढ़ें.

The eight-month long election process to constitute the Pradesh Youth Congress (PYC) committee has come to an end in Chhattisgarh: almost 400,000 members from across the state exercised their franchise to elect Youth Congress (YC) committees in more than 7500 panchayats, 1000 urban wards, 89 assembly segments and 11 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state. This was, beyond doubt, the largest democratic enterprise undertaken by any political organization in our state’s history. Not only this, Chhattisgarh has now become the first state where both NSUI and YC office-bearers are all elected. In this respect, we are the first state of the nation where Rahul ji's Revolution is complete. I was fortunate to have played a small part in this mammoth effort: more than anything else, it gave me an opportunity to tour the state, and interact with its youth.


Five aspects need to be noted about the PYC elections:
• First, the election of Uttam Vasudeo as state President puts paid to allegations of rampant misuse of money and muscle power in YC elections: he is, after all, a BPL-card (Below Poverty Line) carrying OBC farmer’s son from a village called Jhabar in Marwahi, my father’s home constituency.

• Secondly, each of the 4 divisions of Chhattisgarh has found representation in the state committee vis-à-vis Bastar (Saket Shukla), Sarguja (Danish Rafique), Bilaspur (Uttam Vasudeo, Sandeep Sahu, Sukhbai Khute and Pappu Baghel) and Raipur (Deepak Mishra, Asif Memon and Abhishek Modi).

• Thirdly, even though only 1 Lok Sabha (LS) President’s post was reserved, 8 of the 11 LS Presidents come from the "reserved categories":
o STs were elected Presidents in no less than 3 Lok Sabhas vis-à-vis Bastar (Harish Kawasi), Sarguja (Babla Tirki) and Korba (Ms. Boondhkunwar Masko). Also, in Korba LS, the president-elect also happens to be a woman;
o SCs became Presidents in 2 Lok Sabhas vis-à-vis Bilaspur (Govind Sethi) and Janjgir (Ashok Sonwani);
o 3 other LS Presidents are Muslims vis-à-vis Kanker (Ameen Meman), Rajnandgaon (Nawaz Khan) and Durg (Ayub Khan).


• Fourthly, 84 of 89 Vidhan Sabha Presidents contested- and won- against rather than with the support of established local political leaderships. In this respect at least, the mandate ushers in a new wave of anti-establishmentarianism. The youth of the party, it appears, are not on the same frequencies as their leaders, and vice-versa. In many cases, progenies of political stalwarts were ousted by relative newcomers. Most notably, in Bastar LS, Harish Kawasi, the young Janpad President of Sukma (Dantewada), dealt a crushing blow to Bunty Karma, the so-called Bastar Tiger, Mahendra Karma’s son. The way I see it: the Youth cannot, and will not, be stopped.

• Last but not the least, 100,000 students have joined the NSUI and almost 400,000 youth have enrolled in the YC in Chhattisgarh during the past year under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. This means that the membership of the party’s 2 youth organizations is at least 4 times bigger than that of the parent body’s. It is time, therefore, to stop thinking merely in terms of ‘Youth Congress’ but instead start to work towards making the entire Congress young.

The first Meeting of the new PYC, I’m informed, is to take place on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2, 2010) in Uttam’s Jhabar. It marks a radical new beginning: henceforth, the Youth Congress in Chhattisgarh will be run from villages, not cities. This is only fitting as 75% of its members live in panchayats.

To my friends in the Youth Congress, I offer two suggestions:
  • First, rather than have a statewide program, I believe it is much more important for elected office bearers (EOBs) of the YC to identify local issues that directly concern the people, particularly the youth, and formulate strategies to solve them.
  • Secondly, the best way to go about doing this is for each of them to undertake Padyatras (foot march) of their respective areas: there’s no better way to understand the people, and win their trust, than by actually living with them. During membership drive, some villages were left out. Padyatras would be a good way to encourage youth of those villages to join YC.

What this election has taught us all is this: one may have members, resources and strategy, but unless and until one has the Trust of the youth, and a Team to capitalize on that Trust, it's simply not possible to become a leader. This is something most commentators seem to miss out on. When a member casts his vote, he’s alone and there’s no one watching him, he’s free to do as he pleases, and at this point, the only question that arises in his mind is: whom do I trust? In this context, it gives me a certain degree of satisfaction to note that of the 90 persons who marched with me through the heart of Naxalite territory during the Bastar Satyagraha, 52 are now Assembly Presidents, 11 are LS Presidents, and 7 are in the state committee.
I, therefore, urge my friends in the YC and the NSUI to do everything possible to win the trust of the people. That is the essence of Rahul ji’s Revolution: to become a leader, you no longer need the blessings of the top leadership; all you need to do is win the trust of the people. And the best way to go about doing it is by hitting the road, and building your team.

10 comments (टिप्पणी):

kapil purena said...

आपने बिलकुल सही लिखा है सर.
अब युवाओं को जमीन से जुडी वे सारी मुद्दे को लोगों के बीच लाये , जिससे आम जनता को फायदा हो और साथ ही ग्रामीण युवा, यूथ कांग्रेस से सीधे तौर पे जुड़ेंगे ..

Anonymous said...

Aapne sidhe aam aadmi ke hith ki baat ki hai... jo ki congress ki hamesha se vichaardhra rahi hai. ab jab ek naujawan is dhara se judega toh desh pragati ke path par agrasar hoga tatha bharat ko mahashakti banne se koi nahi rok sakta.

shahid said...

very nice sir'
aap aur "sahab"samaj ke antim vayakti tak ko mukhya dhara se jodne hetu prayasrat rahte hain yeh baat kisi aur leader mein nahi hai.aapke sawasth soch'kushal netritva aur yuvaon ke parti prem se hi pure chhattis garh ke yuva aapke saath hain.............shahid,chirimiri.

Anonymous said...

Modesty is said to be a virtue of mediocre.So dont be so modest about your so-called 'small part' in the PYC election.

The result of the PYC Elections is a loud and clear message to your detractors in Chhatisgarh and to powers that be in Delhi that Jogis are the most popular and most powerful political entity in Chhattisgarh. Here's what must be understood by everyone interested in politics-

1. Though you did not contest yourself, but got elected an virtually unheard but loyal worker from Marwahi-your father's constituency as president. Powerful exercise of symbolism.

2. you were able to get 80 out of 90 persons who marched with you during the Bastar Satyagraha elected. 52 are now Assembly Presidents, 11 are LS Presidents, and 7 are in the state committee. Loyalists shall be rewarded.

3. If you had not taken interest then the membership would have been a paltry figure and elections wouldnot have been possible because of the 20% rule. Only Jogi family has the ability and resources to strengthen the party and draw out supporters.

4.Your detractors in Chhattisgarh grow and die every season like 'mushrooms' feasting on the anti-jogi clamour now and then. That is all they are- inconsequential and seasonal.Their concerted efforts of all kinds proved meaningless- as usual.

I hope that your enemies inside the party will realize that they must not waste their energy in opposing you but should join hands with you to fight the BJP under your leadership.And the same for central leadership.

Lastly to commend you on your very wise choice of PYC president. It shows that you have matured as poltician.

Dr Archana Chauhan said...

commendable sir...only you have thrived to make Rahulji's dream(mission) come true in C.G...involvement of youth in politics 4m grassroot levels

Ghanendra Bharadwaj said...

Sir Great job done in Chattisgarh PYC Election, you write historical page in youth congress organisation, you also prove that in Chattisgarh nobody can compete your leadership. as a congressman i salute you & your leadership.

Surendra Solanki said...

u r future of congress in c.g.

Dharmendra Agrawal said...

no candle looses any of its light while lighting up another candle ,
so never stop helping others because it makes your life more meaningful
Thanks Amit ji for doing this great job
Love You

Siddharth Asati said...

Convey my Best Wishes to Uttam Vasudev ... the hero 2001 marwahi by elections.

Anonymous said...

we are the first state of the nation where Rahul ji's Revolution is complete.

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