Election 2014 What do Young Indians want?

Anumeha Verma
Published: May 2014

Common man should get respite from inflation

statThe cost of living has increased manifolds since India last went to polls and inflation is at an all-time high. Experts are predicting that it can be one of the decisive factors in the upcoming elections. India’s food inflation went to a three year high of 18.8 per cent as shown by the wholesale price index in October 2013. And it certainly has the young India worried. Says 18 year old Mohammed Fasil, a first year B.Com student, “If the inflation continues at this rate, the next generation of India is sure to get into a debt trap. As it is our country happens to be one among the top 15 debtors of the world.”

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While Fasil has concerns about the future of Indian Economy, Vanitha R. is more worried about the plight of the common citizens. Vanitha is in the second year of her course and is doing M.S. in Information Technology. She feels the common people are being hit very badly. “It is needless to say that the cost of living has increased. Incomes surely, have not risen in the same proportion. This situation is making life very difficult for the middle class families and the less privileged in the society.” These youngsters are expecting their chosen representatives to take a stand on inflation and make concerted effort to contain it and give the common man a respite.

Civic amenities and infrastructure need a boost

Manavi Muthamma B.R. is from Coorg. She is currently doing her MBA in Bangalore. But, this budding manager feels the civic amenities and infrastructure are not being paid enough attention. “Civic amenities such as roads, electricity and proper sanitation facilities are the foundation on which a country is built. How do we expect the entire structure to stand without a strong foundation?” she asks. Vinay G. Dutt, her classmate echoes Manavi’s concern. “In this day and age, nothing can function without electricity. It is time someone takes the onus of providing people the basic amenities to lead a better life.” Sehar Gulzar, a student of Civil Engineering student hailing from Kashmir thinks on somewhat similar lines. “While the cities have a shortage of electricity, many villagers have never even seen a light bulb. The other amenities also do not match up the needs. The leaders need to pay attention to the plight of not just urban but also rural areas.”

Civic amenities are a right of every citizen and according to Ashwini B.S., pursuing her engineering in Computer Science, they are essential for a healthy life. “While we talk of big things such as economic reforms, we forget that an issue such as sanitation also needs to be addressed. People become the victims of so many diseases due to lack of proper sanitation adding to their healthcare costs.” It hits people twice, first of all they suffer from the lack of amenities that people are entitled to and secondly, they have to pay the unpleasant consequences such as illnesses of various types. Sahil Malhotra, a Civil Engineering student pursuing B.Tech is of the opinion that merely making the infrastructure available is not enough. “Our regulatory bodies forget about the roads, flyovers, drainage systems after building them. But, they also need to be maintained on a regular basis.”

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