The young have given their verdict: Corruption is the biggest problem facing the country, while terrorism is an issue that’s a problem for everyone throughout the world, and not just in India.
When asked what is the most critical problem facing India, almost half of the respondents put corruption (44%) way above terrorism (13%), unemployment (11%), poverty and hunger (4%) and even women’s safety (18%).
“Corruption is the root cause for all our problems. We’re not happy putting up with unemployment, but corruption is an issue is something we’ve come to detest. It’s something that’s eroding the very essence of our country and we cannot put up with it,” says Delhi-based lawyer Insha Mir, 26. While the long shadow of corruption hangs over as India’s biggest problem, the most pressing global issue for Indian youth is not corruption (6%), unemployment (13%), religious fundamentalism (8%), pollution (6%) or HIV/AIDS (1%), but terrorism (48%).