- We, the youth of the country would like to see a country which is free from communal and racial violence. Such violence in the past has created havoc in the country and has disturbed the secular nature of the country and disturbed and destroyed the lives of the young people. Any form of communal and racial violence that disturbs the tranquility of people following their religious beliefs and faiths needs to be condemned and demands swift intervention by the state to protect especially the minorities.
- We, the young people urge the government to take severe actions against those perpetrators of violence against women, especially young women whose day to day security is at risk. Young women of our nation have come out of their restricted places to exercise their freedom, their right to utilize their skills in a free and safe environment. In such a context the controversial statements made by many political leaders regarding women has created fear in the minds of the people about the security of women. Please take stern action against those leaders who undermine the right to dignity and justice of young women of the country. The respect and rights due to women needs to be defended. Make sure that the government at a whole and every institution and office develops a binding policy and a team to fight sexual harassment.
- We, the young people want to see a nation that is free from corruption; corruption has killed many young people in the country. The bribes that are demanded in different forms and in various names by organizations, institutions, offices, schools, colleges have denied young people their right to education and right to employment. Corruption in the form of bribes needs to be strongly condemned and measures should be taken to wipe out the culture of corruption that has emerged even in the smallest of offices in villages and government organizations everywhere. Corruption happens in a context where poverty is a reality in the lives of many young people, pushing them into further vulnerability.
- We, the young people advise the new government to take measures to stop suicides and murders of young people in institutions, colleges, schools, offices and villages based on caste. Caste has been a major threat to young people from the backward communities. Dalits are the victims of many forms of violence in the country and to add to that, they are being humiliated in colleges, institutions, schools etc. The rules of conduct of educational institutions provide drastically different norms for Dalits and for people of other caste groups. We, young women and men want you to ensure that caste discrimination is annihilated in the country, giving space for both Dalit women and Dalit men to enter into offices that they are interested in. Discrimination based on Caste has been practiced by many people in different ways as an example I cite the prohibition imposed by the newspaper “The Hindu” on their staff from eating or bringing non-vegetarian food to the office. Vegetarianism is part of caste politics that is being imposed by even a reputed news paper like “The Hindu” is distressing. The murder of Dalit girls and boys for marrying people of other castes is the other tale of victimization of the Dalit communities. Stringent laws should be made to ensure that the dignity of Dalits is respected.
- We would like to bring to your notice the recent discussion regarding sexual minorities. We appreciate the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court on creating a third gender status for transgender communities. The delay in the promulgation of this judgment has been the reason of many transgendered people suffering severe discrimination within their homes, religious places, organizations, institutions, etc.; some have even lost their lives. We urge the government to take serious and swift steps to safeguard the rights of the LGBT communities who suffer various forms of discrimination in society.
- We demand that the government rethinks its development policy in the country. ‘Development at whose cost?’ is the question that we young people would like to ask. Development projects have displaced lakhs of people for the benefit and comfort of the powerful. As you start to rethink about the progress of the nation, we expect you to make sure that the rights of the people are addressed before eulogizing development. We appreciate your assurance that no one will have to leave the villages as you will ensure that development reaches them.
- We request the government to start projects to save the environment. Climate Change is a serious concern in the present and many people have already undergone much suffering because of climate change and global warming. Urgent measures need to be taken to ensure a safe earth for the coming generations.
- We demand that youth be given a dignified role in decision making in the nation. We rarely find young people in the Parliament or in decision making bodies. Efforts should be made to recognize the capacities of young people in making decisions that are transformative of the society and the nation.
- Please listen to the voices of the young people. Young people want change in the country. Their votes carry with them their aspirations for a country of justice, and dignity for youth. The youth expect that the rights of the young women and men be they Dalits, Tribals, disabled, HIV infected and affected, sexual minorities or migrants, be defended without compromise. Youth envision a nation free from corruption, a nation with job opportunities for youth, respectful space for youth in politics and in decision making bodies, a nation in which the SC/ST reservation status for Dalit Christians and Muslims is ensured. We expect the new government to substantiate their good intentions in this regard by bringing about the necessary changes.
Rev. Dr. Roger Gaikwad
General Secretary, NCCI
Ms. Binu M. Roy
Chairperson, COY, NCCI
Rev. Ch. Sweety Helen
Executive Secretary, COY, NCCI