The Political Rant

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Cars with posters of candidates stuck to their rear windscreen, students with the image of their preferred party’s symbols pinned to their shirts can be seen everywhere in the campus as the University is all set to observe elections to the student council in the first half of September. With the election bells ringing, every student party has stepped up efforts to woo the voters. I got a chance to interview Karan Kamboj who is contesting as a candidate of Students Organization of India(SOI) for the position of the Department Representative from Institute Of Social Sciences Education & Research and had put a few questions to him regarding his party’s campaign . “We are going to every department as every vote counts. We are delivering speeches and telling the voters about our achievements. The problem arises when it comes to informing the newly admitted students especially from distant areas who don’t know much about the current political scenario within the University, it’s problems, about our aim and achievements”, says Karan. When asked about how the PU student elections would help him as a person, he answers “I don’t see student elections as a way to pursue my self-interests or a political career. I am purely driven by the motive of student welfare”. Whatever be the motive, these student leaders will be the leaders of future India and currently give impetus to Indian democracy and revolutions to come.

Like SOI, other parties and their campaigners are visiting every department, having a one-to-group interactions with the students, making them aware of their parties’ manifesto, their achievements and at the same time taking digs at other parties contesting elections.
 

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It is not just the parties who are laboring hard day and night, it is a tough time for the security guards at the campus checkpoints. I interrogated one to supplement my knowledge about the problems faced by the PU security authorities during elections. “ The identification & segregation of outsiders from PU students is a hassle as many of them do not have PU stickers” says the guard as he points to a car stopped by his counterpart not having PU sticker on the front windscreen. He added “We recover batons, hockey sticks and sometimes guns during the student elections. We give our 100% to ensure that there is no violence within the campus and strive towards ensuring safety of the students”.

While a major chunk of students is enthusiastic about elections, there are some who are not too content about them. I spoke to a few students from within the campus who were not tempted by politics. One of them puts it this way “I’m not really into politics. I feel it’s all money game that goes around and I’m least interested”. Another student asserts “There is no need for elections. It just deviates your attention from studies and it’s only ‘shoshe-baazi’”. I also approached those who were not on the voters list, one of them being a faculty member, who contents that parties have an agenda of their own and are troublesome to the authorities for publicity. They further added that parties should do more than just addressing minor issues post-elections. Despite this they feel positive about the platform that elections provide to the budding politicians.

Nevertheless, the PU student elections, like those of other universities, serve the purpose of holding the foundations of our nation’s democracy and enhance the political culture.
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Uday

Udayvir Singh Uppal (ISSER, PU Campus)  

“Proponent of a free society. An agnostic. Likes to have medium sized chocolate shakes daily but says “I’m on dieting”. Likes to listen to songs but does a strange gibber when asked to sing them. Cares a fig about green eyed monsters.The bone of contention, a square peg in a round hole, the whirl in the whirlpool, a fly in the ointment. Everyone’s pal.

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