Youth must join politics to fight against divisive forces:Shekhawa

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New Delhi, Feb 16 (UNI) Former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat today said there were forces inimical to the country's interests that were working overtime to disrupt its integrity and exhorted the youths to lead from the front to counter them.

''A continuous and covert war is being waged on us. Corruption, organised crime within the country and its international linkages have become a conduit for the operations of such divisive forces,'' said Mr Shekhawat in a speech that was read in absentia at a function on the release of a book by journalist-lawyer Biraja Mohapatra.

Urging the youths to join politics, Mr Shekhawat said the author had very rightly stressed the importance of politics in a democracy and had created an ambience for the young and the committed not only to join politics but to lead from the front to address the key concerns facing the nation.

The book titled 'My Call' reflects a powerful theme of patriotism and nationalism, underscores the need for Indians to have a national pledge which would serve as a unique instrument in inculcating a feeling of nationhood.

The book has been edited by Gautam Basu, a former journalist and now working with an international organisation.

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