The pointlessness of young Indian politicians

Lutyens’ Maverick
Ground realities, Hard choices and Tomorrow’s India
Book Excerpt 

Statistics show that younger members of parliament participate significantly less in the Parliament.

Over the past decade, the arrival, in the Parliament, of a number of young MPs-fresh-faced, well educated, smart at parrying TV sound bites, and savvy about the world at large-raised hopes for a transformation of Indian politics. The hype generated was always overstated, but has gradually given way to muted disappointment. Now, pointed questions are beginning to be asked.

Statistics show that younger MPs participate significantly less in the Parliament, albeit in an atmosphere where the Parliament itself is mostly gridlocked. Even using a cut-off age of fifty, it turns out that those who are older participate in debates 40 per cent more often. The argument, that party hierarchies stifle younger MPs, has some merit, but is contradicted by the poor performance of even someone like Rahul Gandhi, who participated in only one discussion in the 15th . . .