37% rural youth sans Internet access: Study
How many young people have heard of the Emergency?
Unfortunately, not many – if conversations with smartly-dressed 20-somethings in south Delhi’s posh Hauz Khas village are to be believed. Reactions range from absolute bewilderment and drawling “I’m not interested in politics” to superficial condemnation and “It was bad” declarations when asked about the blackest hour in India’s independence.
At more “progressive” spaces, buzzed revolutionaries hold forth on more important struggles – such as the battle for net neutrality – over such mainstream political fare.
None of this is surprising. On this day 40 years ago, when the-then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi plunged the country’s democracy into darkness, more than 60% of India wasn’t even born. No one saw the epoch-making speeches by JP, the defiant editorials or the macabre spectre of forced sterilisations – the millenials weren’t even compelled to read about it because the communal horrors of the 90s filled up newsprint much before