India's population skews young, which may sway its elections
Updated : April 19, 2019 11:26 AM IST
Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy.
With nearly two-thirds of the population below 35, and more than 15 million first-time voters aged 18 and 19, young men and women have the power to swing the national vote in any direction.
Ambitious, aspirational and impatient for change, young voters — at least in India's capital — are less focused on issues such as caste and religion than older generations, according to interviews with The Associated Press.
They are interested, instead, on landing jobs after college, living in cleaner cities with breathable air, increasing women's safety and competing with the world's biggest economies.
Current Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be the favourite, riding a wave of Hindu nationalism that peaked after the air force attacked an alleged militant base in Pakistan to avenge a suicide attack that killed more than 40 soldiers in Kashmir.
His main opponent, Congress party's Rahul Gandhi, hopes to revive the glory of the grand old party that ruled the country for more than 50 years, since independence from British colonial rule in 1947.