"If they (the government) are passing a bill, when that bill is being drafted, then community members must be included in that (process) so that the views of the (transgender and hijra) community can be included. It is not as if the government has to show something only on paper, right? If it remains only on paper, then what is the use? What will the benefit if nobody follows those rules?" - Aayat Kinnar, Counsellor with Kinnar Bharati
On the occasion of #NationalYouthDay, we reached out to some young voices from the country, and asked them about what they want from the Government. With half of India’s billion plus population under 25 years of age, there is little doubt that it is the country’s youth that holds the key to the country’s success. Assertive, aspirational and raring to go, young people are not afraid to call out bullshit, question the status quo and demand their rights. But they are also disillusioned with the India of today – divided on the lines of religion and caste, and bogged down by economic inequality. They want freedom – from discrimination, from gender violence, from inequality, from corruption – from narrow definitions of unimaginative leaders who put them into suffocating, rigid boxes.
In terms of deliverables that our youth expect, it is obvious that our current government has a long way to go. Ours was one of the countries to undertake an oath to fulfill a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the UN in the next 15 years, to ensure peace, prosperity and growth of the nation. Reducing Inequalities (Goal 10) and Ensuring Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (Goal 16) is at the heart of what the youth aspires for. Leave a comment and tell us what your dreams for India are! Photo: Aayat Kinnar
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