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The 650 million young indians who can change the world

Devanshi Rathod says that she is a fairly typical of the part of India's huge youth group who live in the cities. Self-confidence is at its peak and expectations for the future are great.

– We use mobile phones for everything and are constantly online. We can quickly look up information about anything, " says Devanshi Rathod.

, more 650 million people, are under 25 years. Almost 900 million are under the age of 35. It means that it is the young voter is the arbiter in the ongoing parliamentary elections, where the final phase is implemented on Sunday.

Politicians have no option, they must listen to us. We are more educated than earlier generations and used to discuss and analyze. We can distinguish between right and wrong and know that it is easy to vote to remove politicians who are not delivering, " says Devanshi Rathod, who is one of the 84 million first-time voters.

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– It is my generation that is the driving force right now. It is we who shall see to it that India becomes a superpower.

The largest group of young people the world has ever seen will be making their mark on the global stage, but the question is in what way. In the acclaimed book ”Dreamers – how young indians are changing their world” from 2018 the author writes Snigdha Poonam that the young in India are governed by a combination of asian traditions and american life goals. They have little in common with their peers in the west and they let themselves be defined by others.

the big youth group is a high level of ambition, optimism and increased independence compared to previous generations, according to a large survey from the World Economic Forum. In order to be able to realize their dreams, however, they need better guidance on what the possibilities are, according to the report.

India, which has more than 1.3 billion inhabitants, replacing China as the world's most populous country for ten years. The country's GDP will grow by just over seven per cent on the year and is expected in the year to go on the former colonial power great Britain as the world's fifth largest economy. The young population can be a big advantage – if the leadership handles it in the right way. The challenge is to raise awareness and the next few years is considered crucial.

Sunil Kadam. Photo: Mangal as a member of

To the DN says Sunil Kadam, a well-known debater in the social and economic issues, to the hundreds of millions of young indians can contribute to lifting the world economy if they can meet the needs of the labour market.

" If we fail, we create instead a monster. Desperate people who lack the opportunity to earn a living leads to anxiety and uncertainty, " says Sunil Kadam.

Ishita Nitin Ghag, 18, to focus on their studies but do not think that the quality of education in India is good enough. Photo: Mangal as a member of

In the district of Andheri bet 18-year-old Ishita Nitin Ghag everything on their studies and a future as a researcher. She was a gymnast at the elite level, but the training and the competition took too much time. There is intense competition for both training places and jobs.

" I'm fortunate, but overall the quality of education in India is not good enough. When India gets a new government, it is the most important challenge. Gymnastiktävlingarna I participated in was held in schools across the country, so I have also seen in the poor condition of many school buildings in rural areas, " says Ishita Nitin Ghag.

Mansi Virani, 21. Photo: Mangal as a member of

in the state of Gujarat are on vacation in Bombay along with parents and siblings. Soon she'll move to New Zealand and complete their studies in business and administration.

" It feels like a safe bet on my future. I did not hesitate when I got the chance even if there are many good universities in India also, " she says.

According to the economist Suniti Nagpurkar goes the labour market for young people in India out of step. Those who are looking for jobs do not have the knowledge and experience that are in demand. More than half of the indians live in rural areas while almost all of the prospects available in the cities.

Suniti Nagpurkar. Photo: Mangal as a member of

– We need to catch up on the millions of young who have not completed school and train them in practical skills. As a plumber, electrician and mobiltelefonreparatörer they can play an important role in the local ecosystem and contribute to India's growth, " says dr. Suniti Nagpurkar, who worked as university teacher for several decades and now leads a family-owned consulting company.

– It is also important to ensure that teachers at all levels are qualified. ”Training the trainers” has become my mantra. Start with the youngest children's teachers, so giving the result. Bets deducted must be completed, otherwise we lose valuable time.

talking English freely, something which, according to Suniti Nagpurkar helps to give India ”the place we deserve in the global arena.

In the slum area Nehru Nagar in Mumbai, the 19-year-old Pragati Devendra taken forward through the education system with the help of the quotas that are available for lågkastiga. She wants to study law, but says that it is not just the young who need education.

Pragati Devendra. Photo: Mangal as a member of

– In the alley where we live, I am surrounded by adults who cannot read and write. My friends and I go to school, but will still be affected by the adults ' life situation. We do not get the encouragement and help we need, " she says.

Among the young, the climate and the environment emerged as important political issues. In the slum where Pragati Devendra live, the situation is acute. The homes are surrounded by a stagnant and stinking streams that are completely covered by garbage.

– the Air just gets more dirty and the water is polluted. It is clear that it can't continue like this. For me, personally, is ljudföroreningen from all the honking cars and the most difficult to endure.

the 21-year-old Asad Parihar think that air pollution is the most pressing problem. When the world health organization last year announced a list of the world's most polluted cities were found, 14 of the 15 worst in India. New Delhi is the capital city in the world where the air is most toxic.

Asad Parihar, 21. Photo: Mangal as a member of

– I know how it sticks in the throat and chest when I'm out in traffic. The environment can't wait, but I don't think that the politicians are taking the problems seriously enough, " says Asad Parihar.

factor among the young is that they are influenced increasingly less by parents and relatives when it comes to decisions about education and marriage. Traditionally important issues such as religion and caste are not equally important for the young.

At the beauty salon, Harsha & Rakes in the district of Andheri says Devanshi Rathod to tensions between hindus and muslims, which has increased during the last five years with the hindunationalistiska the government, should belong to the past.

" I am proud to be indians, but even if we are patriots, we shall see to be a country where everyone feels welcome.

Shivam Girish Khanolkar, 19, are adherents to the hindunationalistiska party Shiv Sena. Photo: Mangal as a member of

the 19-year-old ekonomistudenten Shivam Girish Khanolkar is active in the hindunationalistiska party Shiv Sena. He believes that the next generation of politicians must have a different attitude to go home among his peers.

" the Politicians need to live among their constituents, not to rule from above. The world is changing, " he says.

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