Wednesday, Jul 06, 2022
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Death Of The Political Cadre: What Impacted Congress Party's Student And Youth Wings

The death of ideology in Indian politics, coupled with the unexpected outcome of an organisational reorientation, has impacted the entry of talented young cadres from working-class backgrounds, who would earlier flood the ranks of the NSUI and the IYC.

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I was the National President of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) from 1988 to 1993 and then President of the Ind­ian Youth Congress (IYC) from 1998 to 2000. I was also the first and only Asian to be elected as President of the International Union of Stu­dents (IUS) in 1992 at Larnaca, Cyprus.

I therefore feel that I am eminently qualified to reflect on the erosion of organisational res­ilience and stultification of cadres across pol­i­tical parties, as I have observed this attrition unfold over the past four decades.  

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