India Youth and Electoral Politics: Book Release cum Discussion

Indian Youth and Electoral Politics: An Emerging Engagement edited by Sanjay Kumar was released on 15 January 2014 at India International Centre, New Delhi. Rahul Kanwal, Editor at Large, Headlines Today and Aaj Tak was the key speaker. It was followed by a discussion on the book and the panelists were: Rakhi Birla, Aam Aadmi Pary and Ragini Nayak, Indian National Congress. The book studies the significant relationship between Indian youth and electoral politics in the country. It answers many pertinent questions: Does a young candidate matter to the young voters? Do youth vote more enthusiastically if there are young candidates contesting elections? Contrary to popular notions, there is an increased interest in electoral politics amongst the Indian youth. But when it comes to voting, there is a lower participation.

The book looks at the level of awareness of the youth about political issues and analyzes youth interest and participation in electoral politics. It also points out that a large percentage of Indian youth would be willing to take up politics as their career choice. However there are differences in level of youth interest and electoral participation along gender, locality, and various such social variables.

Sanjay Kumar is Director at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.