Youth participation in civil society and political life is increasingly recognized as an important development objective. The opportunities for participation that young people experience in their communities may influence their development and the kind of transitions they make to adulthood. Moreover, behaviors and attitudes relating to community participation that individuals adopt as young people predict their lifelong civic affiliations and perspectives. In India, the National Youth Policy 2003 underscored the role of India’s youth in political decision-making and argued for greater representation of youth in appropriate bodies as well as more extensive youth participation in the design and implementation of programs. There is a recognition that today’s youth can play an important role in influencing political processes and the socioeconomic development of the country. However, there is little evidence of the extent to which Indian youth participate in civil society and political life. This policy brief documents the participation of youth in civil society in Bihar, the extent to which they uphold secular attitudes, and their perceptions about and participation in political processes.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Population Council. 2009. "Youth participation in civil society and political life in Bihar," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 16. Mumbai: IIPS.
Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study