Indian youths not averse to politics: Study
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 16:28
  
New Delhi: Contrary to the popular belief that Indian youths abhor politics, a new study by a social research organisation has suggested their interest in politics has consistently risen and a significant number of young men and women are willing to enter the field if given a chance.

What comes as a more interesting observation is that youth of the middle class, generally believed to be cynical to politics, are more in favour of making a career in politics than their counterparts in other economic stratas.

The report prepared by the researchers and scholars of the Centre of Studies for Developing Society (CSDS), in collaboration with the German institute Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), lays out a series of interesting outcomes on how Indian youths' engagement with politics was emerging.

The study based on a survey of 2,565 respondents and other mechanisms points to a rising interest of youths in politics as well as their awareness of issues, and concludes that today's youths are taking more interest in politics than those of mid-90s.

The study titled 'Indian Youth and Politics: An Emerging Engagement' that divided respondents into youth and older ones to analyse the difference in opinions found that over 60 percent of the Indian youths were interested in politics as compared to nearly 50 per cent of the older respondents.

"Not only are the youths in same time and same social space more interested in politics than the rest, over time too youths' interest in politics seems to be on a consistent rise," says the study.

While in 1996, 37 per cent of youth were interested in politics, this number has been consistently rising ever since and as many as 52 per cent of those surveyed between the age group of 18 and 33 this time said they had some interest in politics.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 16:28


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