- Indian Youth Congress
The Indian Youth Congress is the youth wing of the Indian National
Congress Party. As of 2006, the Indian Youth Congress has over 4,000,000 members across India, the largest democratic youth organisation in the world.
The Indian Youth Congress was a department of the Indian National Congress from the period just after 1947 until the late 1960s. While prime minister,
Indira Gandhigave the Youth Congress a new dimension by establishing it as a frontal organisation of the Congress Party, with the objective of doing social workand arguing against right-wing parties. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsiwas the first elected President of the Indian Youth Congress; he later became Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary affairs in the Indian cabinet. Narayan Dutt Tiwariwas the first President.
During the 1970s, under the leadership of
Sanjay Gandhi, the Youth Congress undertook activities such as tree plantation, family planning, and fought against domestic violence and dowry deaths. After the death of Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhitook over in charge of the Youth Congress. After he became prime minister in 1984, Rajiv Gandhi reduced the voting age to 18.
The Indian Youth Congress has its headquarters in
Delhi, and is presently headed by Ashok Tanwar. There are 29 office bearers at the national level, followed by the state, district and block level. The Indian Youth Congress has a unit in all 8800 blocks of the country.
Presidents Of Indian Youth Congress
President Duration 1. Narayan Dutt Tiwari 1969 - 1971 2. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi 1971 - 1975 3. Ambika Soni 1975 - 1977 4. Ram Chander Rath 1978 - 1980 5. Ghulam Nabi Azad 1980 - 1982 6. Tariq Anwar 1982 - 1985 7. Anand Sharma 1985 - 1987 8. Gurudas Kamat 1987 - 1988 9. Mukul Wasnik 1988 - 1990 10. Ramesh Chennithala 1990 - 1993 11. Maninderjeet Singh Bitta 1993 - 1996 12. Satyajit D. Gaekwad 1996 - 1998 13. Manish Tiwari 1998 - 2000 14. Randeep Surjewala 2000 - 2005 15. Ashok Tanwar 2005 - Present
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