IT BEGAN like 'Rang De Basanti', took the route of 'Lage Raho Munna Bhai', going on like 'Yuva' and the youth of the nation wants it to end like 'Nayak'. A film-like story of Youth For Equality truly needs a happy ending.
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.