THE OP­TI­MISM OF YOUNG IN­DIA

India Today - - UPFRONT -

A global youth poll, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, found that young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 12 and 24, par­tic­u­larly in poor and mid­dle in­come coun­tries, are op­ti­mistic about their fu­tures, though they see that much is wrong with their world and much needs to im­prove. In coun­tries clas­si­fied as poor and mid­dle in­come, young peo­ple be­lieve they have a greater chance of mak­ing an im­pact on gov­er­nance. Their pri­or­i­ties in poorer coun­tries are dif­fer­ent, fo­cus­ing on ac­cess to jobs, for in­stance, as op­posed to cli­mate change. In In­dia, jobs were a big con­cern. But our politi­cians will be happy that In­di­ans, more so than peo­ple in any other coun­try sur­veyed, “are hap­pier about the im­pact that govern­ment has on their lives.”

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