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Class Iv Politics

A 9-year-old's election as headboy is contested in court

Class Iv Politics
Class Iv Politics
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DEMOCRACY, as duly demonstrated by our politicians, can be a dirty business. At the Delhi Public School (DPS), Noida, what began as a learning exercise in democracy has fast degenerated into a theatre of the absurd with nine-year-olds being shouldered offstage by aggressive adults. The Last Act, titled Head Boy vs Head Boy, is being played out in court.

The curtain rose on this bizarre drama last month when DPS held its annual election for head boy of the Junior School Wing. Sixteen candidates from the six Class IV sections were shortlisted in order of merit and allowed a fortnight to muster support with election promises ranging from clean toilets and cold water to jam sandwiches and extra swimming hours. With 755 students from classes I to IV voting, the idea was to give pupils a feel of democracy, with much fun and camaraderie thrown in. What it hadn't bargained for were—hold your breath—charges of rigging. The allegation: Abhimanyu George Jain, the elected head boy, was unfairly chosen over Vidur Singhal, who, father Sanjay felt,...

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