Student and Politics

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					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

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.

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