Worlds largest democracy is going through the final lap of elections and May 16 the results will be out. Its been told that youth population of the country would be the deciding factor of the election results and the new government which will form the next government, Twenty-two per cent youngsters participated in campaign activities in 2011 as compared to 14% in 2009. Not that the enthusiasm necessarily translated into more: not many urban youngsters came out to vote. An analysis of Lok Sabha elections since 1996 showed that participation of young urban voters increased from 49% to 54% between 1996 and 1998, but stagnated after that. Youths in India’s villages participated more than those in the cities.
As for the youth of our country, they can contribute in more ways than just contesting elections. Much can be done in areas like educating people, raising awareness about various social ills, and many other areas.
Nearly 40 per cent of the Indian population is aged 13 to 35 years. The median age in India in 2010 was just 25.2 years, compared to 34.5 years in China.Young India would like its prospective leaders to share their roadmap for a secure and prosperous future – and not hear the ramblings of party-apologists and stooges who do more harm to their leader’s vision than good.