What comes first, the status update or understanding the cause you support? That’s the big question our guest editor Shah Rukh Khan wants to ask the youth of our country.
“Ask the youngsters who updated their Facebook page in support of a cause, say the Lokpal bill, if they know where it comes from and what it’s meant to do,” says the 46-year-old actor.
Taking a cue from the Don, HT City conducted a spot poll of 100 youngsters in the Capital, trying to find out what they know about the ongoing anti-corruption movement.
While 86 respondents were quick to pledge support to the Lokpal Bill, only 22 of them had a rough idea of what it is supposed to do, while 20 candidly admitted they had no clue!
According to 20-year-old mass communication student Rahul Bhandari, the bill will “reduce poverty and there will no bribing and no class hierarchy any more.”
Virendra, 17, whose Facebook status says Support Anna, admits he knows little about what exactly the veteran activist is fighting for.
There were, however, some who had done their homework well. Mohit Sharma, a 25-year-old systems engineer could not only define Lokpal but has also created a special website in support of the bill.
And that’s exactly what SRK endorses.
“I’m all for supporting causes like eradication of corruption, but please take out time to understand what you’re demanding,” he says.
Co-editor Priyanka Chopra agrees with Shah Rukh but adds, “Even if they don’t know as of now, social media provides them with a platform to be aware of such causes, which is great.”
Know your cause
Do you support the Lokpal bill?
Yes 86% No 14%
Did you post it on Facebook?
Yes 60% No 40%
What will it do?
92% said it will End Corruption
How will it end corruption?
94% had no clue
Did you know the Jana Lokpal Bill was inspired by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption?
96% say No