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A tale of pre-poll promises: Of new campuses and a scrapped FYUP

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It’s the election time again, and the fruit of utopian promises has again found itself on the long braches of the autumn stricken tree. Yes, the ‘promises made, never fulfilled’ barb is back into the mainstream debates of several news channels but wait! Here is a party that claims that it has fulfilled that many promises in just 49 days, a feat which they claim, no other party has achieved so far in the history of India’s independence.

By now, you must have got a hint of the political party I’m talking about. Yes, I am in fact talking about the Aam Admi Party which has promised us some revolutionary ideas and reforms in their manifesto for the election year 2014-15. One such idea which has come under serious consideration is the set up of an East Delhi Campus for the University of Delhi. Shocked? Yes! We might soon have another campus of DU, on the lines of the north and the south campus, if the AAP candidate from East Delhi comes to power.

A poll promise gone too far? Not quite so, according to sources in the party. But here comes the tricky part, where will the resources come from, for this proposed plan? Land is a major issue which is already in a sorry state in the congested area of East Delhi. Imagine a cluster of colleges at a place where people still don’t have a place to live. Well, let’s not be pessimistic, as the AAP members say! The land will be sourced. But what if AAP does not come to power in the centre? Where, then, will the money come from?

These are some serious questions which have us wondering that the whole plan might merely be a vote-catching trick.

Not only AAP, another national party is trying to woo the youth of Delhi through some promises mentioned in their procrastinated manifesto. I am, of course, referring to the Modi Janata Party! Oh wait! Did I just say Modi Janta Party? My apologies, but the Modi hangover (and his ‘abki baar Modi sarkaar’ phrase)has seriously taken over me and most of the ‘janta’ of this country. The Bhartiya Janata Party has promised the scrapping of the much controversial ‘Four Year Undergraduate Programme’. Definitely, that’s a treat for those who still feel (and hope) that the FYUP can be scrapped. But the reality is, not only is it a difficult process to eradicate a whole study programme, it would also mean that the there would be uncertainty with regard to the batch of students already enrolled under it. Once again this has us doubting the possibility of the party going through with the move.

Coming to the old party of India, the Congress party, the leaders of which, have already indirectly declared a defeat so let’s not waste time discussing their vague promises.

As far as we, the students of DU, know, promises are something which political parties always make, and they have the right to do so. What we have is the right to find the one who is eligible to run the country. Speaking of which, I hope, we all intend to cast in our votes for the person we think is the most deserving. For those who think there aren’t any deserving candidates? Well, there’s always the option of NOTA!

Image courtesy: thehindu.com and theindianexpress.com

is a sophomore pursuing Political Science (H) from SGTB Khalsa College. A graduate in Indian Classical Music and a seasoned MUNer, Anchor and Compére, he also has an interest in writing poetry. He has been working as a compére for Athletic Federation of India and is a guest columnist for a multi - state daily. A partisan of astrophysics, he thinks that our perceptions shape our realities and that a reality for one might not be for another. It's a world full of semblance, he believes. Link to his blog on Poetry: brijpahwapoetry.blogspot.in

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