Jump­ing lights in Ben­galuru, Ahmed­abad

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htinsight -

How well does the In­dian youth fare when it comes to three fac­tors: Cheat­ing, ly­ing to par­ents, and break­ing rules?

To start with, around 67.9% re­spon­dents of the youth sur­vey ad­mit­ted to vi­o­lat­ing traf­fic laws. Now, this is not ex­actly an of­fence that can be shrugged off. Any act that en­dan­gers lives in­di­cates lack of con­cern for the safety of one­self as well as oth­ers.

The states that fare the worst in terms of traf­fic vi­o­la­tions are Ben­galuru and Ahmed­abad, at 89.8% and 89.1% re­spec­tively. Bhubaneswar, at 62%, seems bet­ter be­haved.

Par­ents are no longer in­tim­i­dat­ing fig­ures for young­sters. This is par­tic­u­larly true in the case of Kochi and Ben­galuru, where 86.9% and 86.7% re­spon­dents, re­spec­tively, con­fessed to spout­ing lies at home.

HARSHITA SRI­VAS­TAVA, Con­tent writer

Most of those in­ca­pable of ut­ter­ing un­truths to their par­ents hail from In­dore (71.7%) and Jaipur (53.3%).

Two south In­dian cities topped the list again on a re­lated mat­ter, with 98% of the re­spon­dents from Ben­galuru and 95.1% from Kochi ad­mit­ting to hav­ing done things their par­ents wouldn’t like. Young­sters tread­ing the straight and nar­row – 71.7% from In­dore and 81.7% from Jaipur – swear they have nei­ther lied nor done any­thing to anger their par­ents.

Re­la­tion­ships are more com­pli­cated in ur­ban Kar­nataka and Bi­har, with as many as 74.5% re­spon­dents from Ben­galuru and 63.3% from Patna ad­mit­ting to hav­ing cheated on their part­ners. Bhubaneswar takes in­ter­per­sonal moral­ity to near-un­re­al­is­tic lev­els, with as many as 95.1% claim­ing that they only have eyes for their sweet­hearts.

Sin­gle-minded in their pur­suits, 92.5% young­sters from In­dore and 91.2% from Pune say they wouldn’t hes­i­tate to beg or bor­row to buy some­thing they re­ally want.

In fact, a ma­jor­ity of the youth from In­dian cities, ex­cept for In­dore with 66% re­spon­dents, say they will not let any­thing get between them and the ob­ject of their de­sire.

Gain­ing the ap­proval of friends is also very im­por­tant for the young, although re­spon­dents of the Oc­to­ber 11 Youth Sur­vey on anx­i­ety said they did not get too anx­ious or worked up about re­la­tion­ships with peers.

As many as 91.7% young­sters in Luc­know, fol­lowed by 88.7% in In­dore and 88.3% in Patna, said they would do “any­thing” for their friends. Around 40.8% re­spon­dents from Kolkata and 38.3% from Jaipur said they were not overly both­ered about keep­ing their friends ones happy .

When it comes to fol­low­ing one’s own in­ter­ests, 88.2% re­spon­dents from both Delhi and Kolkata said they would pull out all stops to at­tain some­thing that “ben­e­fits them”. How­ever, about 34% from In­dore said they would rather ex­er­cise pru­dence.

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