It’s been 27 years since the demolition of the Babri Masjid, but with no clear verdict yet, the land still remains a hotbed for political propaganda and communal riots.

The Constitution of India declares the country to be a secular one. However, it’s ironical to see how religious discrimination is a popular vote bank for Indian politicians.

And evidently, the Mandir-Masjid dispute seems to be their personal favourite.
It is really sad to see how our country’s objective has seemingly shifted from progress to propaganda.

With a spike in literacy rate to 74%, it is surprising to see religious debates being a thing!

You Got It Right…

I’ts 2019 and we have the technology of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and self-driven cars in the market.

But all we talk here in India is about the custodial rights of a holy land. Or maybe it’s not what we really want to talk about.

As a 19-year-old adult, I’ve stopped watching Indian news channels because they don’t make sense anymore. You’ll find debates running around religion and communalism being more popular than climate change and environmental hazards.

People are more likely to feed rich food to their “Gods” than serve it to the children starving around the footpath.

It’s so easy to trigger people in the name of religion that crimes like mob lynching, religious bigotry, communal riots, etc. are on an all-time high.

Is This The India That We Dreamt Of?

Look around and ask yourself, if this is all you really want?

Because I am sure that I do not want a country that thrives on a biased mindset promoting religious discrimination and so does the 681,500,000 million Indian youth along with me.

50% of the total of India’s population is made up of youth below 25 years of age who are equally saddened and disappointed by the country’s growth.

Contrary to the belief of politicians and authorities, the Indian youth is least concerned about the building of a Mandir or Masjid or a ban on beef shops.

They believe, such matters are irrelevant to our country’s progress and act as a hindrance to India’s growth.

The current fall in India’s GDP and the recent blow to the country’s economy are enough to validate the above statement.

What Does The Indian Youth Want?

Amidst all this anarchy uprooting over religion, God, Mandir, Masjid, etc., all that an Indian youth wants is jobs, development, and growth.

The unemployment rate in India has risen to 8.4% which makes the youth both sad and anxious. Young, talented adults with degrees in engineering, finance, humanities, etc. are lurking around jobless.

India’s progress in terms of technology, economy, innovation, etc. is so slow-paced that young adults are preferring to move abroad for faster growth and a better lifestyle.

A Twitter survey participated in by over 20,000 youth revealed that 87% young graduates find it ‘very, very difficult’ to get a job.

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While the authorities are too busy protecting their religion, such grave issues are being ignored and the youth is suffering.

“It doesn’t matter what judgment comes, whether it favours the Hindus or the Muslims. The young generation wants jobs and development,” says Ansari, a law student in Ayodhya’s KS Saket PG College.

Another resident of Ayodhya, Aryan Singh raises concerns over the prevailing unemployment in the country and says, “I am pursuing engineering from Institute of Engineering and Technology in Faizabad. After the fourth year, I have to move out because there are no jobs here. There are no engineering companies so naturally no placements take place.”

The Young India Adhikaar March held in February 2019 in Delhi witnessed youngsters coming from all over India to assert their right to good-quality education, jobs, and development.

According to a report published by Scroll, the students demanded the following-

  • government vacancies be filled
  • an increase in public spending on education to 10% of India’s gross domestic product
  • full implementation of reservations for backward groups
  • an end to the closures of schools and the underfunding of public education

They also want an end to gender discrimination and sexual harassment in higher education.

The youth understands the magnitude of underdevelopment and unemployment which is otherwise ignored by the officials.

I don’t understand how will our country achieve its aim of a 7 trillion economy when the major prime time debates and Parliamentary discussions revolve around the construction of a Mandir or Masjid.

However, I can proudly say that the Indian youth of today is an educated and mature one.

As long as matters of national security or country’s integrity are not in question, we don’t choose to waste our energy on baseless and bigotry arguments.

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Sources: Times Of India, Hindustan Times

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