Convention on Youth and Democracy

The Tehelka Foundation participated in the Second National Youth Convention on Youth and Democracy, held on the 21st and 22nd of February, 2009 in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

The convention was attended by over 1,200 young participants from both rural and urban areas of 11 states, including group from Srinagar and from Bangladesh. The convention was organized by MKSS, School for Democracy, SR Abhiyan and JOSH.

The two day convention was held to discuss and focus on the crucial role of youth in strengthening Democracy. The convention was structured with sessions on role of youth in democracy and politics, along with workshops of various concerns like negative impact of globalization, gender, Forest Rights, agriculture, Right to Education Bill, state of Dalits, Adivasis and Nomadic tribes, Human Rights, terrorism and security, Right to Information, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Education and Employment and others. The main objective of these workshops was to create a general understanding on these issues, the challenges in these areas, the role youth can play in addressing these concerns, and finally draw out a plan for action. Along with these there were expressive workshops like theatre, puppetry, film and photography, songs, media and journalism, (cartoons and) comics (poster making), dance and other modes of expression and communication. These workshops were facilitated by eminent resource persons like, Jagdeep Chokkar, the MKSS team (Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey, Shankar Singh and others), Dr. Muzaffar Bhatt from Kashmir, Malvika, Vipul Mudgal (eminent journalist) and others.

The first day started with the plenary on the role of youth in politics and democracy. Interesting views from the panel, on the issue were put forward. It was pointed out by the speakers that there is need for youth to take on greater participation in politics and political processes. Crucial issues like transparency in the election process were discussed, where Mr. Ramlal Jat (MLA, Bhilwara) pointed out that the candidates are forced to spend undue money during election campaign and how such practices breed corruption later. Dr. Muzaffar Bhatt, activist from Srinagar spoke about the state of youth and democracy in Kashmir and human rights violations that has plagued all democratic processes there.

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