This policy brief documents the participation of youth in India in civil society, the extent to which they uphold secular attitudes, and their perceptions about and participation in political processes. Findings from six states call for actions to promote youth participation, particularly the participation of young women, in civil society and political life. Programs are needed at the school, college, and community levels—through national service programs, sports, and other nonformal mechanisms—that encourage civic participation, incorporate value-building components, and reinforce secular attitudes and values that espouse responsible citizenship. Findings that many youth are disillusioned with the commitment of political parties to work for change at the community level highlight the need for the political system in every state to make special efforts to address the concerns of youth and encourage youth participation in the political processes in more meaningful ways.
International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) and Population Council. 2010. "Youth participation in civil society and political life in India," Youth in India: Situation and Needs Policy Brief no. 30. Mumbai: IIPS.
Youth in India: Situation and Needs Study