Express Elections

The Indian Express brings you a podcast that peels back the layers of political mudslinging and campaign rhetoric to cover everything you need to know about India voting. Express Elections will equip you with expert analysis and commentary on the significant events and players, an assessment of where the current government stands, and an understanding of the electoral process in India.

Episode 20 April 19, 2019

The Youth Vote: Why isn’t the youth voting?

In the last two episodes, we talked about why the youth vote is important and what really drives young voters to vote – like unemployment, national security, infrastructure, better education and even caste. But for all these concerns, not enough young voters are actually voting. For several years the number of young voters turning up to vote has been 5% less than the average turnout.

So what is the reason for this? Why aren’t more young people voting? Are they fed up with the system? Are they politically apathetic? In this episode we speak to SY Quraishi (ex-chief election commissioner), political analysts like Manisha Priyam and Suhas Palshikar (co-director of the Lokniti programme) and popular Youtube personality Dhruv Rathee, to find the answers to these questions.

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The Youth Vote: Why isn’t the youth voting?In the last two episodes, we talked about why the youth vote is important and what really drives young voters to vote - like unemployment, national security, infrastructure, better education and even caste. But for all these concerns, not enough young voters are actually voting. For several years the number of young voters turning up to vote has been 5% less than the average turnout. So what is the reason for this? Why aren't more young people voting? Are they fed up with the system? Are they politically apathetic? In this episode we speak to SY Quraishi (ex-chief election commissioner), political analysts like Manisha Priyam and Suhas Palshikar (co-director of the Lokniti programme) and popular Youtube personality Dhruv Rathee, to find the answers to these questions.