Around the world, political parties are embracing new blood, says Pallavee Joshi of Joshi Lawyers, who was present at the event
In an event held on 27 July, the Indian Overseas Congress, Australia welcomed two prominent leaders from the Indian National Congress—Rajasthan Congress President Sachin Pilot and former union minister Milind Deora. Pallavee Joshi of Joshi Lawyers, who attended the ‘New Era Leaders’ event at Ultima Function Centre in Keilor, said the importance of participation of youth in politics cannot be underestimated. “It is a new era and a new world for the youth indeed. Around the world, political parties are embracing new blood to empower themselves and survive in an atmosphere where voters are increasingly getting tired of obsolete political thinking and ideologies,” said Joshi.
“Constituents see young leaders as the harbingers of new perspectives and ideologies in politics, having distinctive political interests, more inclined to change, open to challenging age-old dogma and eradicating archaic tradition,” she added.
At 26, Sachin Pilot was the youngest MP when in 2004 he first got elected to the 14th Lok Sabha (the Lower House of the Parliament of India) from the Parliamentary Constituency of Dausa in Rajasthan. He has served as a member of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs, Consultative Committee in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Budget Estimates Committee.
In 2012, he became the Minister of State with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. During this time, he was the youngest minister in the cabinet.
Milind Deora entered the Lok Sabha in 2004 from the Mumbai South constituency at the age of 27 and has been among the youngest and most outspoken Parliamentarians in India. He remains a core part of the rising brigade of young politicians across the country attempting to inaugurate a new era in India’s political, social and economic systems, one guided by principle and responsibility. Over the course of a decade and a half in the Indian Parliament, Mr. Deora has held important portfolios such as being the Minister of State with the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications and the Minister of State with the Ministry of Shipping and has also held various committee positions in the Ministries of Defence, Civil Aviation, Estimates, Urban Development etc. Mr. Deora is now campaigning aggressively for the INC to defeat the BJP in the 2019 elections.