Politicians must retire at predetermined age for fresh ideas and new perspective

Shubham sharma
[ June 02, 2017 ] Every profession has a retirement age, but there are a few exceptions and one of them is surely politics. There is a reason for having retirement age in every profession - after a certain age ones efficiency is considered to reduce and it is time for him/her to retire from work & enjoy the remaining life in peace. It is also essential as young need employments and one of the ways to provide for this is by filling in the vacancies due to retirement. But when it comes to the rule makers, no retirement age seems to apply. We need young people to take up senior positions in political arena, which is only possible when elders leave active participation in politics. Politicians are also human beings, and after a certain age they are also prone to age related issues and thus for the same reason as there is a retirement age in other employment there should be one for politicians. Whilst senior politicians would have valuable knowledge & experience, generally they have a more conventional approach which acts as a barrier to new thoughts & ideas. Ideally, the retirement age should not be set very high i.e 70 but should be more in line with retirement age set for other employment (age 60), and where a politician is considered as a valuable mentor he/she could be involved as a consultant but not put directly in power. We have seen enough family dynasty in Indian politics and do not need any individual to hold power until the next kin is ready to take up the position. Having a set retirement age for politicians would also ensure that a person knows that his reign of power would end at a definite point of time and he may have to answer for any misappropriation sooner rather than later. Senior politicians have a wealth of knowledge & experience, which is essential for the role but in order to ensure that one does not remain in seat of power indefinitely & young people are able to take key positions in political arena, thus contribution fresh ideas and new perspective, it is essential that politicians also retire at a predetermined age. Politicians should have age for retirement from politics. There must be a time limit to remain in politics. There should be a retirement age for politicians also. The biggest drawback and main hurdle in the development of country has been largely due to dishonesty and selfish attitude of our politicians and political parties. For a considerable time in the history of India, oldest political party Congress ruled and just thought of its own wellbeing. The voter of the country from time to time also made experiments by choosing political parties other than national parties and strong regional parties in state. Unfortunately, new politicians and new governments repeated the same and no constructive improvement in the life of people could be ensured. We saw several popular mass movements in our country to change the routine political system in the country, but their impact could not last long because they could not handle the situation properly. Indian politics dominated by dynasties, this is the major problem in Indian Politics. For most of its independence, India"s politics has been dominated by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Rahul Gandhi, from the fourth generation of that family, now leads the Congress party. The Scindias ruled over their area for more than 300 years. That, and the fact that the local parliamentary seat has voted in favour of Mr Scindia"s father and grandmother in the past, makes him a clear favorite. Majority of the members of the parliament belong to political families and the trend is clearly spreading. In the eastern state of Bihar, one of India"s poorest, a new political dynasty is on the rise.Laloo Yadav, a powerful regional politician and a champion of the lower castes, is fielding his daughter and two sons in the recent elections. Will they be truly representative of the world"s largest democracy, or simply resemble a privileged club whose entry is determined by birth? Much to the disappointment of people who were consistently cheated and betrayed election after election who will think hundred times before going for any experiment in future. In the recent past, popular Anna movement saw the desire of people to fight against corruption in the country, unfortunately when the leading players during the agitation turned to political field and failed there, left people in the tight corner, yet again. Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi raised hope among the frustrated and demoralized people that their politics will be different from their opponents and will make difference in the life of people. With all the policies and programmes aimed at public welfare only. What is happening in Delhi and with AAP, with everyday expose of wrong doing people were left with no other choice to move once again, square one? Now, the question arises, will there be any change in the life of people or will they have to wait for some more years. Like, we need good doctors, teachers and engineers for the development of this country; we also need good politicians whose aim should be social welfare and public service. This can only be done when we pledge that we will never sell over vote for petty seems and will stick to our soul to give opportunity to a politician who has already proved social service in public domain for the years together rather than getting attracted by goody-goody words by becoming sentimental. Only by this way, politicians can be made to think about the public which give them the power to govern them, not to themselves.