Prashant Kishor- known to many as the political strategist along with the I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) has helped parties such as Punjab’s Congress in the north to YSRCP in the south and even is said to extend a hand to the TN assembly elections in 2021.
He was in the news for being expelled from the Janata Dal (United) Party, which is predominant in the states of Bihar and Arunachal Pradesh. With no intentions to join politics but in fact, to bring about a change in his home state, Bihar, Kishor launches the ‘BAAT BIHAR KI’ a campaign to engage the youth of Bihar, not just to be passive citizens.
Kishor’s campaign launch comes nearly 20 days after his expulsion as the Vice President of the JD-U, the reason for his dismissal being his difference of opinion on the CAA-NRC. He hopes this campaign will not only mobilize the youth to be politically aware, in Bihar but also aims to make it among the top ten states in the country.
He remarks, with a party so tremendous but of no promises of development, what are the people living for? Along with I-PAC, the campaign was aimed to reach around one crore youth and to create a new political force in Bihar its betterment regardless of how long it takes.
In a press release, he stated that Bihar needs a strong leader who is not afraid to speak out for the improvement of the state, instead of a following someone else and compromising on the development of the state. It is evident that his statement was to call out Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for again aligning with BJP after the party broke the alliance in 2013.
The idea of launching this campaign was fuelled by, simple statistics of how people of Bihar often have to go to other states for employment opportunities when the state is providing standard education but no fall back opportunities to its people.
“Can we not develop Bihar into a state where people from Surat in Gujarat come to find employment? How long will people of this state keep going to other states in search of employment?”Kishor questioned.
With students becoming more aware of their voice and opportunities, this campaign seems like the right initiative put forth by the I-PAC and Kishor.
Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) is the platform of choice for students and young professionals to participate in and make a meaningful contribution to political affairs and governance of the country, without necessarily being part of a political party.
Although there is opposition to his stand and many accuse him of being a chameleon-switching side, and blame him for losing his moral democracy, could there be truth in his vision? Are better days coming for the people of Bihar? Can I-PAC truly make a difference? People are now waiting for the answers to these questions.