Book Review: ‘The Future Is Ours’ by Sudhanshu Kaushik

Illuminating Exploration of India's Youth, Politics, and the Path to Empowerment.

Book Title: The Future Is Ours: The Political Promise of India’s Youth
Author: Sudhanshu Kaushik
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Number of Pages: 248
ISBN: 978-9356995888
Date Published: Dec. 22, 2023
Price: INR 303

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Book Review

The Future Is Ours” dives deep into a critical question that echoes through the digital age: Are young Indians adequately equipped to actively shape their future? Sudhanshu Kaushik’s book serves as both an explanation and a rallying call, urging more young individuals to comprehend and engage in the intricacies of politics. Despite the often-repeated rhetoric about the youth being the future of India, the book prompts readers to question the concrete measures being taken to prepare and involve this demographic in the democratic process.

In the realm of Politics and Policy, this book serves as a guiding light for young minds eager to unravel the complexities of the Youth Electorate. Sudhanshu’s nuanced approach offers a solid foundation for critical thinking, providing insightful analysis and compelling narratives that make it essential reading for those fervently invested in shaping the future. It is a captivating read that not only informs but also empowers the next generation of leaders.

Author Sudhanshu Kaushik, through this book, emphasized the pivotal role of the youth in upcoming elections, stating, “The 2024 General Elections will be decided by India’s youth, as will 2029. The youth vote is the most consequential vote-bank, yet it is the least understood and talked about. In “The Future Is Ours,” author Sudhanshu also explains politics and representation from the perspective of young Indians.” The book delves into historical context, analyzes youth demographics, surveys political beliefs, and outlines the extent of their representation in political bodies.

Readers are treated to insightful commentary and analysis on young people and their politics, as highlighted by Kaushik’s assertion, “Looking up from their digital screens, they see a reality that inhibits young people from even dreaming.” The inclusion of graphs enhances the book’s accessibility, making it an indispensable read for anyone seeking to comprehend the scope of youth engagement in politics.

Continuing this statement, the facts like the United Nations Population Index estimating that 70% of India’s 1.2 billion population is below the age of 30, and the 2011 census indicating that a staggering 47.5% are below 25, “The Future Is Ours” emerges as a timely exploration as India approaches the 2024 general elections strongly support author’s writing. At its core, the book advocates for elevating the age of candidacy from 25 to 21, a campaign that spans the political spectrum and, if successful, promises to draw a substantial number of India’s youth directly into the democratic fold.

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The Future Is Ours” is not merely a book but a crucial examination of whether the country’s youth is prepared to actively participate in shaping their destiny. Sudhanshu Kaushik skillfully weaves historical context, demographic analysis, political surveys, and insights into representation to create a comprehensive exploration of politics from the unique viewpoint of the youth. As the author advocates for empowering the younger generation, the book becomes a significant resource in addressing ageism and fostering youth participation across all facets of society, especially within India’s electoral democracy.

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