Written By Prisha Jain (Grade 6)
We all know that retirement is one of the last stages of life. Everyone retires now and then whether by choice or by rule. We cannot go working forever. There is a limit to the amount of stress and pressure our body and mind can take. As we age this limit decreases gradually forcing us to leave whatsoever occupation we are a part of. This is retirement.
Recently our honourable prime minister Narendra Modi turned 71. Isn’t the normal age for retirement sixty or sixty-five? As per data from around the world, it is very clear that it is for many professions and that there are very few exceptions mainly comprising of doctors and professors because there are very few of them. But as far as politicians are concerned, there is no such problem as there is no dearth of politicians.
Well, politics is an important part of the decision making of any country. Every decision taken decides and changes the fate of millions and millions of people. The decisions made by a politician will not impact a single person or state but the whole country. The impact of such decisions may also have international impacts. Such important decisions and power usually cause a lot of stress. Naturally, advanced age makes it difficult for people to process stress and handle it in an efficient way, hence it is quite correct to ask the following question. Why do the politicians carry on way after age?
The answer to the aforementioned question is not far from our sight. Normally, there is an age constraint for all occupations but for politics, there is no such age constraint. This in turn means that they can go on till any age they feel suitable without stopping. Obviously, this does not help any state or country and is not good. I think there should be an age constraint due to many reasons. One of the most important reasons is that they should let the younger generation take responsibility and get the required practice in governance or else after the current line of politicians the next line will be hopeless and so the country will be rudderless. The younger generation will also see things in their own light and will make decisions that are not outdated. Another very crucial reason could be that the new and young generation knows how to use and handle tech better and more efficiently than the older generation. This will come in handy because with technology, decision making has evolved and has taken a giant leap. So we need a government that is familiarized with tech. In addition, they will be able to make changes in our style of functioning and last but not least they will be able to identify the flaws in our governance.
So we can conclude by saying that there should be an age limit for politicians but it can be a little higher than the ordinary limit. No politician should be allowed to practice politics beyond the age of seventy. This will go a long way in helping make better and more relevant decisions and policymaking.
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