The Indian Students Parliament (Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad) 2020 which was held from 20th – 23rd Feb in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi finally comes to an end. Sagar Neopaney, an executive member of Sikkimese students Association Delhi(SSAD), who hails from Takchang, East Sikkim represented Sikkim in the Parliament.
The event was chaired by Vice President of India, Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of Former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju, HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal, Tourism and Culture minister Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Noble Peace Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi, Chief Minister Shri Amarinder Singh, State Education Minister Shri Manish Sisodiya, Padma Vibhushan Shri Karan Singh, Padma Bhushan Shri Kunwar Natwar Singh, Revolutionary leader Anna Hazare, H.H Baba Ramdev, Spiritual leader B.K Shivani, World Peace Ambassador Shri Lokesh Muni and other Parliamentarians, religious leaders and academicians.
Students from all parts India and abroad participated in the four-day event, where various discussions relating to the issues of casteism, poverty, rapid population growth, combatting terrorism and India’s declining economic status took place. With the end of every session, bills and resolutions were passed in the parliament, which on the last day was handed over to the different Indian think tanks who contribute to our country’s policymaking and governing bodies.
“Through this sansad, I was made aware of many fields in which a young leader could bring upon his/her impact for the betterment of society. After Sikkim became the 22nd state of the Republic of India, there are many things that have been done, but I still feel we still have a long way to go. I also realised the importance of discussion of Policies before young Parliamentarians so that we all can directly influence and contribute to our governing and policymaking bodies”, says Sagar.
“An event like this provides a platform to the youth of our country and also makes us aware about various issues related to politics and social systems, the various faults or mistakes seen in the governance of our government, and how we should correct it.”
He believes that taking into consideration today’s time, a lot of people within Sikkim are still unaware about the importance of active youth participation in politics and that its high time for educated youths to enter into it. In Sikkim, there is a lack of proper political education, with party politics getting in the way of most learning. Still, there are groups of young people who try to engage themselves in the community by amplifying the voices of the social and economic minority groups/individuals.
Which is why for Sagar, good governance is something in which the people’s voice is taken into consideration in the first place rather than taking socio-cultural and religious impacts. “Only a transparent and credible government can only uphold good governance.”