India has more than 50 percent of its population below the age of 25 and more than 65 percent are under 35 years old.
More than half of the country’s youths want India under military rule. Over 65 percent people polled want a ban on boys and girls belonging to different religions meeting in public places.
These are just some of the disturbing findings of Yuva Nagarik Meter, a national survey covering 11 cities and over 10,000 students, conducted by Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) and the Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB).
“We are so focused on creating economic actors through our education. Nobody is looking at the sole purpose of education i.e. to make them humane citizens.”
—Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA)
The survey examined the youth’s attitude to diversity, social justice, gender equality and environmental conservation to give an insight into their civic sense.
A majority of youths are ignorant about basic civic issues like democracy, rule of law, human rights and election. Only 35 percent of high school students consider themselves citizens of India. Nearly three fourth do not know that the legislature is responsible for enacting laws.
India ranks 116th out of 142 countries on gender equality according to the Global Gender Gap Report 2014 published by the World Economic Forum… read more at huffingtonpost.in