Student and politics One of the most widely-discussed controversies of the day is whether students should take part in politics or not. In the western countries the issue has lost much of its importance. Politics has now most concern elders, while students, living in academic seclusion, seldom thrust their nose into it. But the controversy still raging in full fury in third world countries including Bangladesh. The root cause of this extraordinary state of things lies in the historical background of our struggle for freedom. Both in Bangladesh and India, student inherited a tradition of political activity by virtue of having borne the brunt of this sub-continent’s fight for independence. In those days they were rather encouraged to participate in politics mostly by those who, in the post-independence era, were advising them to keep away from the political arena. But students have persistently disobeyed that advice and have rather plunged still deeper into the vortex of politics. As a matter of fact, the course of the political history of our country was largely influenced by the political activities of the students. Those who favour the participation of students in politics base their stand rnainly on four arguments. Firstly, students of to-day being the citizens of tomorrow, it is necessary to give them some training in active politics alongside their pursuit of study this would go to rnake their education realistic and practical. Secondly, students have both a duty and a right to see that the country is governed well, else they would suffer the impact of bad rule no less than the rest of the population. Thirdly, students being the most selfless section of the population. Their participation in politics ensures a better service of national interests. It is they alone who can acts as the unfailing friend of the people against corrupt and selfish politicians who otherwise are apt to realize their own ends at the expense of the nation. Fourthly, young men have the capacity of infusing into politics a dynamic urge and vitality which eventually invigorates the nation as a whole. Taking-all these factors info consideration, they argue that students should be encouraged to take interest in politics. Those who disfavor student-politics advance two arguments in the main. Firstly politics being serious and exciting occupation is antithetic to the pursuit of study which requires coolness of mind. The two can never be done together without the former gradually absorbing the latter entirely. Secondly, to do politics in modern society, faced with complex national and international problems, is a hard job and calls for enough of experience and sagacity, tolerance and patience. -It needs cool judgment, dispassionate approach to problems and tactful handing of complicated situations. Al1 these and other virtues that make a true politician come with age and are hardly to be found in the youth, much less teen-aged students. Both the views are vitiated by extremism. While there is not denial that the participation of students in politics may bear some good to them and the society, the possibility of ultimate loss to both cannot be overlooked. It is also important to note that students may hardly remain impartial enough to check corrupt, politicians and protect popular interests. More often than not, they have been found to be swept off by the tide of catchy slogans raised by political parties. In that case they only strengthen the hands of politicians for exploiting the masses with greater success. On the other hand, students are a great organized force and have both time and education to take interest in the affairs of the country. In countries like ours, where the bulk of the population are too poor and ignorant to understand anything of politics and the most of the rest of too busy with their day-to-day struggle, the students are the only section with solve politics from utter stagnation. Hence their participation in politics is contributory to larger social interest. But it must be qualified and strictly confined within reasonable limits. That is- to say, they should stray politics, go into political and economic problems. Discuss about their solutions and express their views in an organized form but- with- an unbiased attitude. It is by this process that students can play their due role in the governance of the country without causing jeopardy to their own interests and careers. In fine, the primary root of student-politics lies in the conditions of society. If the students of Europe or America live in academic seclusion, it is mainly because social conditions there are favorable to that. If, therefore, we want the elimination of student- politics from our society after the model of the West, it is necessary first of all to remedy those social ills which encourage, at times, force our students to step out of their own arena into the realm of politics for which most of them are unfit.