The Power of India’s Youth Vote: A Call to Action

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The Power of India’s Youth Vote: A Call to Action

By Meera, Shantanu Paul, and Bhavik Jain

BBA HA 4th semester

Faculty of Commerce and Management

May 9, 2024

Voting is not only a right but also a potent force for change for India’s vibrant young. Every vote you cast has the power to influence the course of our democracy and determine the future of our country. India’s future relies on the decisions made today, so let’s band together in the spirit of democracy and vote for advancement.

In India’s vibrant democracy, youth play an important role in shaping the future. As our country teeters on the brink of change, the call to young voters is clear and urgent. Your vote is your voice and beacon of hope and change. The youth of India are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but the pioneers of today. With more than 50% of the population under the age of 25, there is enormous potential for political and social reform. However, this potential remains untapped because many young people do not participate in the electoral process.

Acknowledging Youth Concerns

Political parties and policymakers must take the concerns of the youth seriously, actively working towards addressing their specific issues and aspirations. This acknowledgment is crucial, recognizing the pivotal role of the youth in sculpting the destiny of the nation.

The active and informed participation of young voters is not only a testament to the potential of democracy but a catalyst for a vibrant, inclusive, and, forward-thinking India. Their voices, choices, and aspirations shape the nation’s path, ensuring a future aligned with the dynamic needs of its evolving youth population.

Youth needs to exercise voting power the most as they are the future of our country. Whether it was the Lokpal campaign or the Nirbhaya tragedy, the youth came to the forefront and were able to initiate major changes in our policies.

Change is a two-way street, where one desirous of change (youth) and the one that has the power to change (government) need to work hand in glove and this is only possible when the youth come out and vote for their candidate of choice. The youth also must know that voting is the most powerful tool to initiate the winds of change, and the more they procrastinate in taking to it, higher the likelihood that those winds will take a detour.

The Unheard Voices

India’s democracy is renowned for its diversity and liveliness, but it faces a hidden problem within its electoral system – the disengagement of young people from voting. As India, the world’s largest democracy, gears up for its elections, it is crucial to address the issue at hand: Why are a significant number of young Indians hesitant to exercise their right to vote, and how can this challenge be tackled?

The youth of India, filled with potential and innovative ideas, play a vital role in the nation’s advancement. However, their involvement in the electoral process does not reflect their numbers. Young voters often choose to remain on the sidelines. The reasons behind this phenomenon are diverse and intricate.

Firstly, there is a noticeable sense of indifference towards politics among the youth. Many believe that their voices go unheard and their concerns are disregarded by the political establishment. This detachment is further intensified by the absence of youth-oriented agendas and an education system that fails to adequately educate them about the importance of their vote.

Secondly, socio-economic disparities present a significant obstacle. Marginalized communities, in particular, encounter greater difficulties in accessing political opportunities, and bureaucratic complexities act as deterrents to youth participation.

Young women, in particular, face additional challenges, including a lack of access to accurate information about electoral procedures and the need for safety measures to ensure a violence-free voting experience. These issues underscore the urgent need for reforms that make the voting process more accessible and inclusive.

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