"The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
This proverb tells us a lot about the current scenario in India. Many things carried out with good intentions somehow end up being misused because of people.
There could be no better occasion to talk about this than the 69th Republic day, the day when the Constitution of India came into existence 68 long years ago. From fundamental rights and duties of citizens to powers of government institutions, it has everything to assure justice, and equality for its citizens. Afterall, it is the people who drive a nation. People run it but it is the same people who suffer when things go wrong.
For instance, the reservation system, which was supposed to end in 10 years, was introduced to support the backward groups in India. But look at how it has turned out to be. Every other day, an instance of rape is reported, politicians who we voted for are not living up to our expectations.
And yet we continue to dream, dream of a perfect India. And to understand what we want from this perfect India, WittyFeed launched a week long campaign with #IndiaKaPulse. And here is our report.
It is an irony that being a 'neta' or a politician is considered a detrimental term these days; while that job is all about representing citizens and working for them. To know the kind of changed youth wants in politics by 2020, we used the Republic Day campaign and gathered the opinions. The population is very sensitive about the reservation issue, as can be seen in this topic and another one to be followed. Around 25% people said politicians should focus more on social issues like education, women safety, etc. Around 15% wanted a specific eligibility criterion to be set for a politician along with more involvement from the youth. Almost 18% wanted a corruption free country, and a small percent even wanted dictatorship.
India is known in the world because of its unity in diversity. People from various ethnic backgrounds practicing different religious faiths live in India. There have been many clashes because of the same as well. The question was asked to know people's opinions about religion. More than half the population said India or even the world for that matter would be a better place without religion. Some 20% said India needed religion and it is one of the reasons why it is known. Another interesting opinion came to light when people said, religion isn't the problem, but the mentality of people is!
The Constitution of India calls education a fundamental right and also aims at providing free education to children aged between 6 to 14. However, is that enough? The report says almost 38% of the population was against the reservation system. Because they think that reservation is the reason lot of talent is held back. Although many people were in favour of providing reservation on the basis of need and not caste. Around 33% is not satisfied with the quality of education provided. A small group mentioned that there is a need for better teachers, quality wise. Another 18% simply wanted to change the entire system.
That say's a lot about how satisfied the youth is, with the current education system. Shouldn't something be done about it?
The relationship between India and Pakistan is fairly complex. A lot many historical and political events played an important role to bring the present situation. During the survey, it was found that almost 40% of India's population wants peace. That's a peaceful approach by the youth. However, around 33% were of the opinion that it shouldn't exist at all. Around 16% who believed both the nations should be merged again; for peace and dominance, both of these emotions were found in the opinions of the people. Then there was 10% of the population who believed there should be no relations whatsoever with Pakistan. No bilateral agreements or trade either.
The entertainment industry is an indispensable part of our lives, be it in the form of movies, music, radio or TV. But that being such a generic topic, a specific section was selected: Bollywood. 55% of the people said they wanted to better content and scripts. A large number of people wanted Bollywood to think beyond love stories and explore more genres. A minority of people believed the audience should be more accepting as well (the ongoing row about Padmaavat is a prime example). A small number also said Bollywood should simply stop existing!
Female infanticide has been one of the major issues in India. More than 12 million sex-selective have been reported between 2000 and 2014. To know what the young people thought about this matter, we asked a question about birth of a girl child. 66% of the population had a positive outlook and said they would welcome a girl child. Some said nothing would change in India and if something could, it should be the mentality of people. Around 16% of the people said they had a neutral opinion and would not mind whether the child was a boy or a girl.
Not to forget the sports culture in India. The detrimental conditions of sports in India has been highlighted by media many times.
Around 16% said cricket is not the only sport in India and the other ones like hockey, squash, and badminton should be given more importance as well. Around 26% said there is too much corruption in the industry and another 18% were of the opinion that nothing would change because we're too busy with other things. Some were optimistic, and a few also pointed out that women should be offered more support in the industry.
Note: The figures are approximate and were rounded off when needed; hence, there can be minute differences.
That is all for now. Keep coming back to know more about the #IndiaKaPulse, give opinions and find answers! You can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org