ROLE OF YOUTH IN POLITICS
Its high time where people are being called to be a part of politics to bring a change in the society. When carefully observed about this, it was found out that youth can play a very big role in political field. Politics is one the key elements that is important in influencing and forming the world as it is the regulating factor that has legislation and execution powers. In modern times, there are undeniable increase of interest of youth in politics. Political groups are encouraged to adapt to the ever-increasing influence of the youth in voting. This increases the possibility to choose new leaders who have the best interest of people and growth of the community.
Ideologies of politics have now changed and updates in order to be more shocking because they are now an immutable voice of the majority of the population. The youth are one who have the majority capability in this changing era of social environment. It is their choice to choose the will of their ancestors while concentrating on the parts that will better the course of humanity’s expansion in terms of numbers and consciousness.
A large number of people which are young are actually becoming more involved in local community campaigns and other political happenings. The youth has the capacity to change the world through politics by actively following it via their expression and by giving a true meaning to the dynamics of their root cause. They can influence the world through politics, by being consciously present in their day to day lives in areas that involve many other things and not only politics.
More and more ideas are generated by youth and they are responsible in selecting how cultural beliefs are going to benefit the humanity and which of those belief systems are causing harm. Specially now in the era of information and knowledge have made a huge impact in history of human course because it is a key factor that actually influence the political era. However, the internet and the mass media are not only the options or means to share their views or opinions to involve in politics. More and more youth are becoming active advocates for the reasons and actions that they think necessary for the world’s healing process. By assuming that the responsibility is collective, the youth can be the face of change in whatever they want to achieve. One way is “youth mainstreaming” wherein the famous beliefs and culture is together dependent upon the popular culture that are in the mainstream.
Through this, advocating various topics became an avenue for the whole population to gain new awareness and chances that would make the world a better place to live in. The political powers in the world can bring in new policies, systems, cultures that will interest the youth to engage in the political world in an active manner. Noticeable leaders that are from the young population arise occasionally and they put the world in wonder with their skill, knowledge, talent, and dedication that will support their cause. The youth can run for office and be the one who will directly charge for the rules, regulations and policies that will be useful for the society. The youth has the power with respect to education, empowerment, and voting for bringing a change that they wish to see. For political systems to be representative, all parts of society must be included. When young people are discarded from political processes, a considerable portion of the population has less or we can say no voice to influence in decisions that affect group members’ lives. A important consequence is the weakening of political systems’ representativeness.
To bring a noticeable change in the longer term, it is essential that young people are engaged in formal political processes and having a platform for them to speak in formulating today’s and tomorrow’s politics. Inclusive political participation is not only a fundamental political and democratic right but also is a key to building stable, harmonious and peaceful societies. This will also lead to developing policies that answer the specific needs of younger generations. For young people to be adequately represented in political institutions, processes, and decision-making, and in particular in elections, it is important to mandatorily know their rights and be given the necessary knowledge and capacity to share the political platform in a meaningful way at all levels.
When there are hurdles in participating in formal, institutionalized political processes, young people can rapidly feel discouraged. Many tend to believe that their voices will not be heard. They might feel that they will not be taken seriously even if they are heard. The problem becomes circular as politicians may lose interest in responding to the aspirations of young people if they cannot win their votes. This altogether leads to young people being increasingly ignored from taking part in decision-making, or in debates about key socio-economic and political issues, despite their sensitivity to the demands for social equity and justice, environmental protection and cultural diversity.
In new and emerging democracies, the inclusion of young people in formal political processes is very crucial right from the beginning. Young people’s active and constant contributions can bring democratic values to life, resulting to the overturning of authoritarian practices. In nations where young people have led protests that have forced authoritarian regimes from power, there is a possibility to feel significant frustration if they are not involved in new formal decision-making procedures. This can disturb the stabilization of democratization and increase conflict dynamics.