Students wear political mantle, draft manifestos

Management students used their managerial skills to come up with innovative political manifestos at an event during the annual three-day business summit held at IIM Ahmedabad on Sunday. The event, called "The Next Chanakya", was one of the 25 flagship events lined up by the IIM-A's second year post-graduate students from November 29 to December 1. It saw the participation of over 5,000 students from more than 200 schools and colleges. B-school students assumed the roles of politicians of different national parties and through detailed analysis of each party; formulated unique manifestos that touched upon inflation, corruption, unemployment, national security, women's safety and agricultural reforms.

Mayank Sharma, a second year student from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM) in Pune, was declared the winner. Representing the BJP, he explained the party's pitch, "The internal security of the country is a burning issue than terrorism. As youths are not attracted to jobs in the defence sector, we suggest giving tax exemptions to servicemen. There ought to be a chapter on respecting women's integrity in schools. Entities like CAG , CVC and CBI should be given a more proactive role to play."

Round two saw teams pick up regional parties from different states. Six teams were selected for the on-campus round at IIM-A. "As UPA has not yet declared a PM candidate, we think they should make up for the lost time by announcing state-level candidates to gain voters' confidence. Corporates should adopt neighbourhoods and help government set up cold storage facilities for agricultural products across the country as part of their CSR. Currently, the UPA doles out subsidies, but they should introduce a cap on its tenure. Instead, loans can be offered, thereby making the beneficiaries self-sustainable," says Shyam Prasad, a second year student from IIM-Kozhikode, part of the team which spoke for the UPA and came third.

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