Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Independent India's first and probably the most admired and successfull initiative, Youth For Equality, has come up with its first people' candidate Sangeeta Tomar, an ex-Army official. The organisation selected its first representative by holding a competition judged by some of India's most eminent people. Tomar will be contesting General Elections from New Delhi seat.
But how did it all begin? And what exactly is Youth For Equality?
Youth For Equality (YFE), is a banner under which various students across the capital gathered to protest against 27 per cent reservation in eminent colleges like All India Institute of India Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the year 2006.
The protests, started from a group of students in AIIMS and Lady Harding Medical College, spread like wild fire in the entire nation and was joined by most of the universities, student unions, parents of students, resident welfare associations across the country.
Though unsuccessful in barring reservation, the group came up as a symbol of youth power, which for the first time came together in this generation.
After fighting the legal battle for almost a year to put a stay of the bill, Youth For Equality finally decided to jump into what is called 'gutter of politics' to clean it up. The youth appears to be convinced that the current political system is not going to do justice to anyone due to heavy vote bank politics involved.
The only way to get justice and further assurance of fair and secular nation demands involvement of young blood in national politics.
The organisation's ideology and agendas are based on an aim to create a nation, which was dreamt by its freedom fighters.
The party manifesto, released by Youth For Equality, levies stress upon unbiased and secular society, created with absolutely no discrimination on any basis. The manifesto smartly covers all issues related with urban and rural poor, children, women, businessmen, unemployed, health, education, science and international issues.
The party, as compared to national parties, is probably a very small group of people but it is an initiative not taken by anyone else. A stream of thought, which is set to change the way we treat and live our democracy. A weapon to re-implement our Constitution and make the best out of it.
It is a path less travelled, if the journey goes on, Youth For Equality might actually create history.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Today when 14 crore voters stand to vote for the first time in the country we must decide whom to vote and why. Youth For Equality realizes the importance of politics. Without being part of the system we can not amend the system. Considering the responsibility reposed on Youth For Equality by the common citizen of India, we have started many campaigns. Youth for equality is the first organization to start No criminal’s campaign by putting up hoardings with the message “welcome to state of criminals. 40% MLA’s in Delhi are criminals”. What began then a Lone voice against criminals in politics then has today turned into a movement.
Youth for Equality decided to make direct political intervention in the coming Lok sabha polls to continue fight against reservations, against outdated and dysfunctional system and against criminals in parliament.
Youth For Equality launched a political wing. We decided to select a people’s candidate. We have invited the resumes for Lok Sabha candidates for New Delhi constituency till 30th march.
We have recieved-223 resume of whom –
1) 117 resume from the students less than 25 years
2) more than 40 years are- 37 resume
3) without voter’s card-7 resume
4) from out side delhi-9 resume
So finally we selected 53 candidates for first phase of screening and we divided them into 5 groups and selected one from each group. In second phase screening we selected 3 candidates. They will be offered to open forum on Tuesday in which local residents and panel of experts will be invited to screen them openly, in front of media. All the media person’s are invited to witness this open debate. We will also perform online opinion for the above mentioned candidates and finally we will select the Lok ummedwar that will be people’s candidate and he/she will be the Y4E's candidate.
Time and venue for open debate-
Time- 6.00 pm, Day- 7 April 2009 (Tuesday)
Venue- Model Park, Sector- D, Type- 2,
Opposite Birla Mandir, Mandir Marg Police Station
(For the detail, please call- 9718574617)
Unique features of Our political movement
1. First time in the history of India a student’s organization is launching its political wing. Till day Political parties have been launching their student wings.
2. Membership of Youth for Equality is not open for all but only on reference of an existing member
3. Person has to work for social cause and give a time commitment of at least one hour every week.
4. Policies and our directions will be decided by non political people who will never come into executive working of the organization. Office bearers will only be powerless executives discharging their responsibilities.
5. We are first in India to make our accounts completely transparent and will be disclosed to all every month. How ever small or big transactions may be.
6. There will be a panel of 3 independent people’s commissioners who will be eminent public personalities to supervise all affairs in the organization. They will not be members of youth for equality.
7. Will not field our own candidate but will give our platform to People’s Candidate. (Selection of LOK Umeedwar defined in annexure.)
8. We are also launching a nationwide Election Helpline for using 49’0 (None of the above) option. This helpline will also give details of candidate’s background in Delhi.
Numbers are 9968880956 and 9968880958
1. Anti reservation Ideology
2. First political organization to favor 49’0
3. No criminals in politics campaign
4. Swiss Bank 3 Trillion black money belonging to Indians be bought back.
5. Change -
a. Outdated Constitution,
b. Various criminal laws and peoples’ representation act,
c. Age limit, qualification, right to recall,
d. Punishment system for criminal, law breakers
6. Stricter judiciary, stringent laws and no escape route for corruption and other crime including terrorism.
7. Fixing target and fixing accountability for each small or big government sponsored scheme.
8. After going through this selecting procedure we found that majority of the applicants are in between 18 to 25 years. But unfortunately due to government policy they can’t fight election, even they have right to vote and the youth are a big vote bank. Every political party is wooing the youth but none of them is actually ready to give them the chance to lead the nation. We demand that age should be reduce 18 from 25, to fight the election, then only it will be possible to handover the power to young leaders.