Are young political leaders doomed in India?

It's a thought that comes looking at the grim prognosis for Pramod Mahajan. One of the cardiac surgeons involved in his surgery was saying on television just a while back he would give the BJP leader only a 50-50 chance of making it.

We hope Mahajan pulls through, and maybe this is the wrong time to ask. But why do young political leaders have a short shelflife in our country?

Look at the list. Rajiv Gandhi. Madhavrao Scindia. Rajesh Pilot. P.R. Kumaramangalam. Just why oh why is a nation 56 per cent of which is below 25 years of age not fortunate enough to have leaders of the same wavelength in its midst for too long?