Interview with Times of India (Student Edition)

My Interview with The Times of India
Q. Why do you like commenting on politics? 

Politics lays down the groundwork for future development. The Government of India is a representative of the entire nation and the decisions taken by it are bound to have a great effect on Indian society. What the Government does dictates the future of India, it dictates my future. In every sphere of life, the Government plays a crucial role and to be politically aware is, according to me, a fundamental duty which every Indian should adhere to. 

Q. How did you develop an interest in this subject? 

I think it was the newspaper which first got me in touch with Indian politics. Since my early childhood, I have been a keen reader of the newspapers. These newspapers got me in contact with the political sphere and my deep-rooted interest in history led me further into it as I traced Indian history from the Mughal Ages to the British Raj, the Indian National Congress and the present era of coalition governments. As the years sped by, my connect with the political world only increased. 

Q. It is easy to comment or criticize and difficult to do anything in real time for the betterment of the masses. What is your view on this statement? 

Politicians today indulge in unhindered mudslinging and aim to portray themselves as paragons of good governance but I have rarely come across any politician praising their colleagues on the other side of their ideological divide for their achievements. Every policy, however meticulously formulated and implemented it may be, has to have its own flaws and our leaders must aim to reach upon the best solution lying in front of us. 

Q. Do you intend to join politics in future? 

I do not think so. I am a political observer at the most and certainly not a politician. Even if I was interested, the deteriorating level of political discourse in India puts me of the occupation. Being a Member of Parliament while your fellow colleagues run riot within the House and engage in public slander, is not an enviable position to be in. A politically aware and opinionated citizen of India is what I intend to be, nothing more or nothing less.

Q. Apart from politics, what are other areas that you would be interested in writing about? 

I am highly interested in the field of economics and international relations and do write about them frequently. In fact, I believe that politics is just one of the various fields I am interested in writing about. Being a voracious reader, I would also like to try reviewing books but for some inexplicable reason, the idea just never took off. 

Q. Apart from writing what are your other hobbies? 

I was introduced to the world of Model United Nation (MUN) in the 7th standard and ever since then it has been addicting. It is an exciting prospect to be in a conference hall among youngsters coming from across the spectrum while deliberating on global issues. Reading is another hobby! My favorites are the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru. My books have familiarized me to a vast range of people and their views. They have continually shaped me and my outlook towards life. I do love to pursue my quest for knowledge by quizzing and playing the keyboard. 

Q. How does an average student hone his writing skills? 

By reading! Besides providing the oft-repeated advantages of facilitating the building up of a strong vocabulary, it helps one to ease into the subtleties of English Grammar. Further, reading broadens the horizons of your knowledge, allowing one to write on a more expansive range of topics.

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