Election 2014 What do Young Indians want?

Anumeha Verma
Published: May 2014

Education should be available for all

voteCan a society plagued by low level of literacy ever be called truly developed? Education has been and remains a barometer against which the health of a society and a country is measured. Though the literacy rates have improved in India post-independence, it leaves much to be desired. The latest census shows overall literacy rate of India to be 64.8 per cent, with the male literacy rate being 75.3 per cent and female literacy rate, 53.7 per cent. Education is without doubt an issue to be addressed and it is a cause of concern for the young India too. “I strongly feel that education is an important aspect where our leaders need to pay attention. The Right to Education Act, is just one step. The ground reality is most people cannot even afford basic education,” says Shreya A.M., a resident of Bangalore Karnataka. Shreya is doing her MBA at Jain University and hopes that the 2014 General Elections would pave the way for better education facilities for those belonging to the underprivileged section. Asks Sowmyashri G., “Why should there be differences in access to education facilities between one section of the society and another when our Constitution ensures Right to Equality to everyone?” She is pursuing a Masters in Information Technology and hopes to make a difference to her country one day.

The fact that youth brigade understands the value of education and the great good that it can do to the society spells a positive note for the public discourse on education being a fundamental right of every citizen. Abhishekh Singhvi, a final year student of Mechanical Engineering who has travelled all the way from Rajasthan to pursue his B.TECH, looks at lack of education as a source of several problems faced by people. “Any problem can only be solved temporarily by acting on its effects, but, a permanent solution requires addressing the cause. I think proper education increases public awareness and makes people sensitive to the problems of the society and their causal factors.” Abhishekh believes that an enlightened population would be more amenable towards finding solutions.

More employment opportunities should be generated

youthWhat does a young and educated person want? First and foremost they need a job! With an overwhelmingly young crowd, who need to work and are looking forward to prove themselves in various sectors, availability of jobs cannot be denied its legitimate place in the scheme of things. For a country of one billion, its manpower can be either a reason to celebrate or lament. Anudeep JM from Hassan, Karnataka feels that human resources should be better harnessed. Says this student of Commerce, “There are several people in India who have good educational qualifications but they are not productive due to lack of employment opportunities. This situation needs to be remedied.”

Sanjana R. pursuing undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering is also of the view that whoever comes to power should focus on providing more job opportunities. “We all pursue a particular course with the dream of working in that field one day. However, many people are not able to procure a job even after finishing their education.” Sanjana also diverts our attention to a bigger problem that can threaten the peace and stability of the society. “Sometimes when people do not get the right channel to focus their energies, they may be tempted to divert it into anti-social activities. On the contrary, employed youngsters contribute towards their own growth as well as the growth of the society,” points out this youngster. Employed population certainly makes a case for better development of a country. As Pavitra Shanmugam, a student of MSc. Forensic Science hailing from Bangalore poses articulately, “You need more jobs, any compromises on this front would only prove detrimental to our growth.”

 - Anumeha Verma is at present working with Jain University and believes that strategic communication plays a major role in solving development issues.