The truth is quite the opposite.
India's young face a plethora of huge problems. There is only one way political parties will take them seriously. That way leads to the election booth.
Mizoram goes to the polls today. It has been a model state for peaceful, orderly and inexpensive elections. But will its displaced Bru tribals get their right to vote?
A democracy is only as effective as its institutions, and depoliticising key constitutional and statutory appointments is crucial.
Politicians must realise that the Election Commission's reputation is directly liked to their legitimacy in office.
Nayar was an intellectual, a journalist, an activist, a humanist. He suffered Partition and the Emergency but his experiences only strengthened his goodness.
It is not without reason that the world looks upon the Indian election system with respect.