Why India Should Reduce the Minimum Age for Entering Parliament

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By Soroor Ahmed

With 50% of the population under the age of 25, it’s time the age limit to contest elections is lowered to 22, if not 20.

Never before in the history of Indian democracy has a person not even old enough to contest an election challenged the country’s prime minister. That too, on his home turf.

However, the BJP can take small comfort in the fact that Hardik Patel, born on July 20, 1993, is one year shy of the minimum eligible age for contesting elections to the state assembly. Though there is no upper age limit for prime ministership in the constitution, Narendra Modi, now 67, declared an upper limit of 75 years for his cabinet in 2014.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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