NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a fresh attack on dynastic succession and sense of entitlement in the country’s politics, saying it is a menace and new form of dictatorship, which needs to be uprooted for which youth of the country could play the most vital role.
“Some necessary changes in politics are yet to happen. Dynastic politics, which is the biggest enemy of democracy, is still flourishing. Dominance of dynastic succession in politics is the biggest enemy of the country, which needs to be rooted out,” the Prime Minister said.
Exhorting the youth, the PM, who was addressing the valedictory function of the National Youth Parliament Festival, organised at the Central Hall of Parliament on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, said, “It is true that the days of those winning polls by virtue of surnames are numbered but the disease of dynasty in politics is not over completely.”
Modi has consistently targeted Congress and BJP’s regional rivals for being dynastic outfits.
He said there are certain people in politics for whom the sole agenda is how to safeguard the dominance of their families. “Yeh rajnitik vanshvad loktantra me ek naye rup ke tanashashi ke saath hi desh par akshamata ka bojh bhi badhata hai,” (dynastic succession in politics is not only a new kind of dictatorship but also imposes an inefficient leadership on the country,” the PM said.
Modi said dynasties in politics think about their families first and nation comes later for them, which is also a huge reason for political and social corruption in India. “Dynastic successors in politics feel that their ancestors, despite being corrupt, remained unscathed. They see this deformed tendency in their families, therefore, they develop a sense of entitlement and neither they respect nor fear the law of land,” the PM said.
Although Modi and other BJP functionaries have highlighted the issue on several occasions but this could be the harshest criticism of the trend in the country’s politics which the saffron party has been highlighting to not only target the Gandhi-Nehru family but several regional parties, which are predominantly led by particular political families.
The PM said this trend can be changed through awareness in which youth of the country will have to take the responsibility. “As long as youth of the country doesn’t come forward and join politics, the poison of dynastic succession will continue to weaken the democracy of our country,” he said.
He said there was a time when politics used to be synonymous with loot, corruption but it has changed now and people of the country are encouraging and supporting honest people as honesty and performance are integral to politics now. “Those who had borrowed corruption as legacy, it has become burdensome for them. They have not been able to get rid of their corrupt legacy,” Modi said and added that even public representatives have realised importance of a strong CV to contest polls.
Three young national winners of the Festival also spoke on the occasion. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also spoke.
The PM remarked that even with the passage of time, impact and influence of Swami Vivekananda remains. “His views on nationalism and nation-building and his teachings regarding serving the people and serving the world continue to inspire us.”
Speaking on the occasion, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, “We should resolve to make the highest use of the energy and power of the youth for the revival of our country and strengthening its constitution and Parliament.”
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