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Speaker

Author & Activist
Author & Economist
Interlocutor

Date & Time

Monday Mon, 26 Feb 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Seventy per cent of India’s 1.2 billion demographic is below 30. The 2024 General Elections will be decided by India’s youth. The youth vote is the most consequential vote-bank, yet it is the least understood and talked about. We know the numbers and we have heard the speeches about how India’s youth are its future: Around 70 per cent of India’s 1.2 billion demographic is below the age of 30, and over 650 million (47.5 per cent of the population) are below the age of 25. But what is the country doing to encourage young Indians to participate in creating their own future? To help them understand the political process and contribute to it?

Part explanation and part a call to action, The Future Is Ours aims to foreground youth rights and representation in the country’s politics and the electoral system. Among other things, it includes a passionate appeal to lower the age of candidacy from 25 to 21—a campaign that covers all sides of the political spectrum and, if successful, will bring a huge number of India’s young directly into the democratic process. With India heading into the 2024 general elections, this book is a must-read for all those interested in securing the nation’s future and building a better world for, and with, our youth.

Speaker

Sudhanshu Kaushik

Author & Activist

Sudhanshu Kaushik is an international youth activist known for founding Young India Foundation, India’s first youth-focused political advocacy group and the North American Association of Indian Students, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on helping Indian students in North America. YIF has helped register over one million voters between 18-30 and helped dozens of candidates at a local level contest elections. For NAAIS, Sudhanshu has raised millions of dollars during COVID to help aid the Indian student demographic. He’s partnered with corporates like ZEE5, Meta, The Body Shop, and Qatar Airways to engage more young Indians. He has previously worked with CNN and the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. He is a recipient of the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights and a fellowship from the South Asian Journalists Association. He has attended University of Oxford, Columbia University, and New York University. He’s currently a Civic Scholar at Univeristy of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Sudhanshu was featured on a TED Talk with Shah Rukh Khan on the political future of India’s youth. He often features on CNN, NDTV, News 18, and a variety of other media channels to speak on issues related to India’s youth.

Subhashish Bhadra

Author & Economist
Subhashish Bhadra is an economist and author of the book ‘Caged Tiger: How Too Much Government is Holding Indians Back’. His career has straddled both the policy and corporate worlds. He currently works at FinTech start-up Klub, where he manages India’s first credit funds focussed on Digital SMEs. He has previously worked at global management consulting firm McKinsey and venture capital firm Omidyar Network. He has also published several articles in leading dailies like The Times of IndiaHindustan Times and Indian Express.
He received an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship and a BA in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi.