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Indian politics lacks young leaders

Young generation occupies less than 9 percent of leadership position

India's ageing politicians are slow to pass the torch according to a new study, reports the Indian Express.

Punjab University political scientist KK Kailash found that India's political parties are dominated by politicians who cut their teeth during Indira Gandhi's emergeny years, especially those born between 1950 and 1959, the paper said, while very few leaders from what he calls the "emerging political generation" have carved out roles for themselves.

The emergency generation accounts for nearly 77 per cent of the leaders across political parties, while the older ‘independence generation’ that has supplied all of India's prime ministers is still hanging onto a little less than 15 percent of the leadership posts

Meanwhile, the young folks that everybody yaps on about so much -- Congress Party heir apparent Rahul Gandhi & Co -- account for just 9 percent of the top spots.

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