Politics as a profession not been very representative of youth in India: Tharoor

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New Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) Senior Congress leader and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor Thursday lamented that politics as a profession in the country has "not been very representative of the youth" despite India having an overwhelmingly young population.

Addressing a keynote address at an event here, he said, "Politicians talking about youth has become a rather awkward and exasperating cliche in today's time, particularly, politicians of a certain age."

"And, the inescapable fact is that politicians generally in India, and political class as a whole have not been a very welcoming profession for the youth in the country for a number of reasons," the Thiruvananthapuram MP said.

In his speech at the seminar marking 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi and 100 years of Nelson Mandela, he also said that both the leaders recognised the value of youth, "not in a patronising or idealistic manner" but as "real, significant advantage" that they represent to any country...