Report Release cum Discussions

The Lokniti programme of CSDS released a series of reports based on empirical research studies which included ‘Society and Politics between Elections I’, ‘Attitudes, Anxieties and Aspirations of India’s Youth: Changing Patterns’ and ‘State of Democracy in South Asia II’ between March and April 2017.

Report ‘Society and Politics between Elections’

The first report of ‘Society and Politics between Elections’ was released on 4 April 2017 at CSDS. It was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Suhas Palshikar, Co-Director, Lokniti and the panelists include Niraja Gopal Jayal, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Ashutosh Varshney, Professor, Brown University and Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor, The Wire.

The objective of the study was to look into the state- society interaction beyond the times of the elections. The study tried to gauge how social and political identity influence perceptions towards other communities; how delivery of state service get affected by these social and political identity; which communities get easy access to public services and which communities are excluded? Are there any prejudices against certain groups or communities? These questions are at the heart of a fuller understanding of the problems of everyday governance and development in India. (Click for details)

Report ‘Attitudes, Anxieties and Aspirations of India’s Youth: Changing Patterns’

The report 'Attitudes, Anxieties and Aspirations of India’s Youth: Changing Patterns' was released on 3 April 2017 at Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi. It was followed by a panel discussion with three experts working in the area of Indian youth which included Surinder Jodhka, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Neha Buch, CEO of Pravah, and Neha Dixit, Senior Journalist.

The objective of the study was to find out the opinion of Indian youth on job preferences and career priorities, reservations, political participation and political attitudes, social and cultural attitudes, preferences and practices with respect to marriage, lifestyle and habits, anxieties and experiences of discrimination. The 2016 study is third in the series of youth studies conducted by Lokiniti allows to track the attitudinal change of Indian youth over a decade during which the country went through major economic, political, socio-cultural and technological transformations. (Click for details)

Report ‘State of Democracy in South Asia II’

The report ‘State of Democracy in South Asia II’ was released on 2 March 2017 at Jain University, Bengaluru. The report was jointly released by Ramachandra Guha, Historian and Writer, Jayadeva Uyangoda, Rajni Kothari Chair, CSDS, Yun-Han Chu, Professor, National Taiwan University and Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain University Trust.

The report is based on a study conducted in five countries of South Asia- Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with the objective to gauge the citizen’s understanding of democracy both as a concept and as a process. It also assessed the experience of people in the south Asian countries about the delivery of public services and their trust in public institutions and spaces.  (Click for details)