Weigh the opportunities and challenges of youth leadership

Weigh the opportunities and challenges of youth leadership

WELCOME to the momentum of the Youth Engagement celebration on October 28, we always commemorate with great fanfare. The oath of youth is a “holy pledge”, like the national pledge of youth to free this country from the traps of colonialist imperialism. As a result, the oath of youth led Indonesia to become an independent country. The unity and collective will of the youth awakened the spirit and nationalism of the youth to liberate the homeland from various forms of colonialism. If you think about it, the Youth Oath is not only a sacred oath filled with the values ​​of heroism and the spirit of nationalism, but the Youth Oath is a political manifesto of the youth to fulfill their obligations. as children of the nation. The formulation of a bloodbath, of a nation, of an Indonesian language has become the inscription as well as the track to awaken and ignite the collective spirit of the youth of various regions which have the same goal, namely liberate Indonesia from various forms of colonialism.

Therefore, the momentum of the October 28 Youth Oath has at least sparked the collective awareness of youth and millennials to contribute to the nation and the state. In this context, the commemoration of the Youth Oath becomes very important as it contains historical values ​​and moral messages that “must” be followed amid the lack of youth leadership due to the failure of leadership regeneration. national. Even so, this moment of remembrance should at least be a mirror and an assessment for young people to simply wonder what contributions have been made to the country in the midst of a pandemic emergency. At this point, the fighting spirit of the youth can inspire the younger generation of today’s Millennials. The Youth Oath is a “holy oath” which represents the collective will of young people across the archipelago.

Therefore, it is not enough for young people to celebrate and nostalgically remember the glorious romance of the past history of previous youth struggles, but to emulate and carry on the spirit of their struggle. The task of today’s youth is to care for and defend the country against various forms of threats that can threaten the integration and integrity of the country at any time. Not only that, there is a very complex problem, where young people are expected to seem to play a significant role in every problem that plagues the nation and the state.

Youth leadership dilemma

Young leaders still attract and receive serious attention in the national political constellation. This is because young people have a very important role in determining and shaping the direction of the future development of the nation. With his energetic and revolutionary talents, ideas and ideas, the young leadership can present a more progressive perspective and can respond to various very complex national issues, especially the problem of pandemics and the acceleration of national economic recovery.

The existence of young people as individuals who have pure ideals, are creative and innovative, and are rich with brilliant ideas, is a great energy for a nation. Of course, if Soekarno said, “Give me ten young men, I’ll shake up this world.” Soekarno himself managed to become president at the age of around 44. Therefore, today’s young leaders are much needed amid the atmosphere of panic in the nation due to an endless and unresolved crisis. This is why young leaders are expected to appear to color themselves and present solutions to national problems. For this reason, the appearance of young leaders on the national political scene is not only a complement, but a necessity and a need for regeneration.

Indeed, young leadership is always impatiently awaited so that there is a circulation of leadership in order to continue the leadership relay from the older figures to the younger ones so that regeneration can take place. In addition, young leadership is considered urgent because the situation and the challenges are relatively complex, and of course require a young revolutionary figure. Especially in the digital age of democracy, where the digital world is in full force, it is almost out of control due to the abundance of information flows due to verification.

It’s just that, if you take reality photos of young leaders in certain areas, you will actually come across the corruption problem. At this point, the regeneration of young leaders is seen as a failure. Indeed, its presence is not tinged with ideas for solutions to a number of national problems, but is rather trapped in the transactional political arena of pragmatism. In this perspective, there are several factors regarding the political failure of youth as Gun Gun Heryanto said in his book Dinamika Komumikasi Politik (2011), that youth policy is in a dilemma between the struggle for idealism and growing political facts. .

Usually there are three factors which often reduce the idealism of the youth. First, the strengthening of referent power, the number of young politicians in political parties, the RPD, and in the bureaucracy who have surfaced because they rely on the political power of relatives, political patrons and the nepotism. We can observe the strengthening of this phenomenon in the post-conflict local elections, the legislative elections of 2009, until the process of regeneration in the body of political parties. The power of “guarantee” based on political genealogy seems to remind us when the New Order was victorious. Second, the trend towards instrumental rationality is intensifying. This is triggered by many political adventurers who have been labeled “activists” or “former militants” who have actually undermined the political image of idealistic youth as “machieavellists”. The vertical migration of former militants into the RPD and into the bureaucracy did not change conditions for the better, but confirmed the opaque face of politics at the superstructure level. Third, increasingly marginal labor policy is driven by young politicians and many turn to image politics which often creates cognitive dissonance in society. As a result, the role and contribution of young people is reduced to the point of creating pessimism and skepticism in the public, as if the hopes of young leadership have vanished.

Therefore, young leadership will be tested by history. If he passes the field verification test, he will certainly bring a wind of change for the people of Indonesia. For this reason, young leaders will face a variety of very complex challenges. The most difficult challenges facing young people (young leaders) today are ignorance, increasingly acute poverty, worsening inequalities, widespread corruption and depravity in the morality of the nation. Not to mention the economic challenges that are at the heart of the country. The battleground that young people (young leaders) will face in the future is when justice is hampered, poverty is increasingly acute and corruption continues to rise and block in various sectors.

This fact is of great concern, and it is also what places the Indonesian nation “colonized” by other nations in a new form of colonialism. At this point, young people should appear at the forefront of the fight against injustice, the resolution of poverty and inequality and the fight against entrenched corruption. The author is optimistic that young people have great energy to advance the harmony of change and solve various national and state issues.


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