What Young In­dia Wants

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Last month, the Cen­tre for the Study of De­vel­op­ing So­ci­eties (CSDS) re­leased the results of their sur­vey on the ‘at­ti­tudes, anx­i­eties and as­pi­ra­tions’ of young Indians in the 15-34 age group. By 2020, say some es­ti­mates, In­dia will be the youngest coun­try in the world with a me­dian age of 29. Jobs, then, are a pri­mary con­cern. Other at­ti­tudes were an in­trigu­ing mix of the so­cially lib­eral and con­ser­va­tive. In­ci­den­tally, some 64 per cent pro­fessed lit­tle or no in­ter­est in pol­i­tics.

65%

Young Indians want a gov­ern­ment job; 19% want to set up their own busi­ness; 7% want a job in the pri­vate sec­tor

48%

Sup­port reser­va­tions for SC/ST in gov­ern­ment jobs, 26% are ‘com­pletely op­posed’; 46% sup­port the pol­icy in ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, 28% are ‘com­pletely op­posed’; 45% sup­port OBC reser­va­tions for both

46%

‘No in­ter­est’ in pol­i­tics; 18% ‘lit­tle in­ter­est’; 25% ‘some in­ter­est’; 7% ‘very in­ter­ested’; 53% in met­ros have ‘no in­ter­est’

52%

Iden­tify with a po­lit­i­cal party: 20% BJP; 10% Congress

53%

Be­lieve peo­ple are in­tol­er­ant when it comes to lis­ten­ing to oth­ers’ views

60%

Sup­port ban­ning movies that hurt re­li­gious sen­ti­ments

46%

Are against beef con­sump­tion; 69% Mus­lim be­lieve it is a per­sonal choice, com­pared with 31% Hin­dus and 33% Sikhs

61%

Think same-sex mar­riages are wrong; 45% are against in­ter-re­li­gious and 36% against in­ter-caste mar­riages

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