Forget stereotypical Sarpanchs, now Punjab have a set of young leaders deciding the fate of Villages

In the December 2018 Punjab Sarpanch elections, much has transpired. Amidst the political mayhem, mud-slinging and claims, a set of driven young leaders have managed to wriggle their way to victory.

Sheshandeep Kaur Sidhu,a 21 year old resident of Manakkhanna village of Bathinda, an aspiring IAS took it upon herself to save the primary schools in her village when low enrollment rates threatened their closure. The position of the head of the panchayat was her chance to fulfill her social ambitions. Leaving her IAS coaching in Delhi, she prioritized the education of the small kids in her village and decide to save them from long walks to nearby school or no school at all. With big plans and a bigger vision, she has started her journey as a young leader!

Education qualification became the winning factor for 27 year Tejinder Singh. Hailing from Seechewal village of Punjab, he contested against 4 candidates and emerged as a unanimous winner. His victory is not only his but also of the cooperative living modal of his village. Speaking after his victory, he revealed how other contestants happily accorded the responsibilities to him as and when they realize his potential and skills in solving the primary issues plaguing the village-water and environment. The genuine concerns and acceptance is surely impressive.

Inderjit Kaur , a 29 year old high school graduate from Chanthu Brahmana village is another victor in the list. The young woman has pledged to improve the ground reality of her village in all possible sectors. Her manifesto includes improving the sewage system, the poor state of roads and electricity connections and the education sector.

Names above mentioned are just a few from the lot as the elections saw a number of qualified, resolute youths donning the Sarpanch pagdi. If nothing else, it does change the stereotypical picture of a typical head of Panchayat – an old patriarch, with a characteristics turban sitting on a charpai and deciding the fate of the village dwellers.