“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.” George Orwell
Politics is a game. It has thousands of pieces, moving every second of every day. Some actions are taken in hidden by some players, and we just have to keep our eyes on the visible aspects. When too many pieces come into play at once, that’s when we need something to help us keep track.
Insert Siddharth Paratkar. That would be me. I’m a 17 year old Senior in high school, and I’ve been interested in politics, history and economics since I was 14 years old. That’s why I started Parties and Policies, for those interested in politics but who just can’t keep up with the hubbub of daily life long enough to pay attention. We must all remain informed citizens, which is why I’ve taken it upon myself to create a nice post for you every single Monday morning. It will contain the main political events from the last week, and add a little description to each event. This way, you know exactly what’s going on without having to spend too long scrolling through news channels to see what’s new in politics.
I started this blog because I feel that as a voting population, we need to have all the facts with us when we take that step. Your vote is your voice. But if you have no idea what to say, then your voice won’t make a difference. What I have to say may be different from what you have to say, and I respect that. We all have differing opinions. But until we can come to a mutual agreement that identity politics and screaming at each other won’t work, we won’t be able to do anything constructive. That’s why I’m willing to let people who disagree with me take center stage here on the blog, and send me submissions on what they have to say.
Outside of constantly thinking about politics every waking second of my life, I also enjoy stressing out over school, tennis, chess, table tennis and serving my community. I’m the First Vice President of the Teal Tea Foundation, which aims to provide financial aid to women with ovarian and breast cancer. In terms of politics, I also participate in a nonprofit known as Engage 18, which aims to educate and inform the population about voting opportunities and encourage them to vote in elections.
I’m very proud of the work I’ve put into this, and I hope to share it with you in the future. Thank you for being a part of this with me.