Youth’s Role in Democracy: Strategies for betterment in Indian Politics

Azad Pratap Singh


Indian Democracy was the largest democracy even at the time of the first general elections in 1951-52. The founders of modern India and members of the Constituent Assembly adopted universal adult suffrage, thus reposing faith in the wisdom of the common Indian to elect his/her representative to the seats of power. The right to vote is irrespective of caste, creed, religion or gender. Those who are deemed unsound of mind, and people convicted of certain criminal offences are not allowed to vote. Voting is not compulsory in India. But, there has been a general increase in the number of people voting in Indian elections. From 44.87% in the first general elections (1951-52), it has steadily increased to 58.21% in the 15th general elections (2009). To date, India’s youth bulge has been at odds with its political system dominated by older leaders in their late 60s, 70s, and even 80s. The fielding of younger candidates, extensive use of social media this election, and efforts by political parties to build a youth following in rural and urban areas is an effort to play catch up.

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