India is the second largest country in the world in terms of population. Over 600 million people are under the age of 35 makes India as the most significant democratic country having more significant youth vote share.
Addressing the youth issues, encountering young professionals’ questions and providing a proper answer has got a massive momentum during the 2019 general elections.
Though there are no specifications, the qualifications to contest in elections has significantly changed over the years. Example being most of the youths are showing interest in contesting in elections to politically serve the country.
2019 general elections speciality was young candidates versus age-old politicians contesting against each other. Ultimately the youth has won the mandate from people of India, a non-profit storytelling platform identified.
Most of the youth have no faith in the system, but still, they would come out and vote in elections. A survey conducted by an NGO said, over 85% of the youth participated in the study expressed to make voting as mandatory to create transparency in the system.
An activist said, “some of the most vocal movements within the five years have been led by young men and women, which created a narrative about the power of the vote, leading to more youth exercising their voting rights to make their voice heard.”
So, what has changed in the 2019 general elections
- The Election Commission of India (ECI) conducted elections in seven phases which is the longest time taken to say a wrap for elections in India
- About 900 million people were eligible to vote, and turnout was over 67 per cent – the highest ever as well as the highest participation by women voters
- VVPAT have been for the first time in elections to cross-check the authenticity of votes
- BJP has increased their substantial majority by winning 303 seats whereas Congress failed to secure the required 10% of seats in Lok Sabha for obtaining an official Opposition Party status
- India remains without an official opposition party in 17th Lok Sabha
- Many political stalwarts including H D Devegowda, Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi have seen the defeat against the young candidates
- India completely ignored the members of political dynasties and selected the fresh faces
- Two of the strong women Smriti Irani and Sumalatha Ambareesh have won against the Prime Ministerial candidate and Chief Minister’s Son respectively
- Many young MPs have earned their place in the Parliament house
- It is only the second time in independent India’s history that people have re-elected the same party with the majority to Lok Sabha
It is not about winning elections, but, the elected MPs should keep the people’s faith on them by working towards the betterment of the country and concentrate on resolving the fundamental issues that India is facing.
Politicians should understand that India’s future goes beyond all political faiths and inhibitions.
India’s young generation has a brighter future in politics because of the activism they are showing on social media towards the country’s issues.