France’s new prime minister, Gabriel Attal, is 35 years old. Other countries also boast leaders in their 30s and early 40s, such as Chile’s president Gabriel Boric, 37, and Ecuador’s president Daniel Noboa, 36. India, too, has young political leaders like Chandrani Murmu, who, at 30, is the youngest MP in the country. Elected to the Lok Sabha at the age of 25, she represents the Biju Janata Dal. These examples are indeed inspiring.

As the ULB elections approach, we must ask ourselves: Are we ready to elect young leaders? More importantly, are the young people ready to contest?

The future of our community rests in the hands of the young, yet the political landscape is often dominated by older generations.

Encouraging young people to contest local elections is not only beneficial but essential for vibrant, forward-thinking governance.

Young people bring fresh perspectives, with unique insights and innovative ideas that are crucial in addressing contemporary issues. They are more attuned to the evolving needs of their peers and can advocate for policies that resonate with the younger population, fostering a more inclusive and progressive community.

Moreover, the active involvement of young people in local politics helps bridge the generational gap. It ensures that decision-making bodies are representative of the entire population, not just a select demographic traditionally composed of older men.

This inclusivity enhances the democratic process, as diverse voices contribute to more holistic and balanced policy-making.

Young politicians can inspire their peers to become more politically engaged, thereby revitalizing civic participation and fostering a sense of community responsibility.

The barriers to entry for young people in politics—such as lack of experience, financial constraints, and limited networks—must be addressed. Local communities and political parties should actively support and encourage the candidacy of young people, recognizing the immense value they bring to the table.

The involvement of young people in local elections is not just desirable but necessary. By contesting local elections, young people can help shape a more dynamic, equitable, and sustainable future for all.

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