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Youth In Democracy

Start Date : 01 Jan 2017 ,  End Date : 01 Jan 2018

As citizens we study, play, work and live together, every day, in society. But, we are all different. We differ because of our upbringing. We differ on account of religion, caste, economic status, language and genders. Even when we have the same religion, socio-economic status and language, the experiences and opinions of women and men are different. In the same office, various colleagues may have different opinions and analysis of the same problem. In all generations, youngsters disagree with their parents and elders in the family and community, because experiences and views differ.

As aware, active and engaged citizens, we make democracy function in our lives, every day, in various ways.

  • Listening to different opinions and views is a democratic act.
  • Respecting different views, even if expressed by a few, is a democratic act.
  • Valuing other’s knowledge, even when ignored by authorities, is a democratic act.
  • Encouraging others to share their views, and speak up on what they like and do not like, is a democratic act.
  • Encouraging conversations across people with different views and opinions is a democratic act.
  • Facilitating agreements to be, act, work and live together, despite differences, is a democratic act.
  • Constantly questioning my attitudes towards differences in views of others, and different others, is a courageous democratic act.


India is the largest democracy in the world today, with half our population below 25 years of age. This is the largest group of youth in any country, any time in history. The future of democracy in India depends a great deal on how youth engage in the coming period. Given all the socio-economic challenges being faced by us, it is important that Indians, in particular the future generation, continue to believe in and support democratic forms of governance and live democracy every day. Learning to practice democratic citizenship, especially by millions of youth in everyday life, needs nurturance.

For it is only when we appreciate, listen, respect, value, encourage and facilitate democratic values and principles - in the political system, and in families, communities, and in society - will India become a truly democratic nation.

In its 35th year, PRIA has launched ‘Youth-n-Democracy’, a year-long campaign to promote the participation of youth in #DemocracyInEverydayLife. PRIA believes in authentic, empowering participation of all sections of society in urturing, protecting and deepening democracy, and in its 35th year (2017) commits to facilitating engagement of 1 million youth across 100 districts and cities of the country.

Youth-n-Democracy’ will channelize the creativity of youth and the wisdom of crowds to understand:

  • What do the youth of India think of, and about, democracy?
  • Do they experience such democracy in everyday life?
  • What restricts democracy in their everyday life?
  • How can the democratic ethos in India be improved?
  • How would the youth like to do this?


The campaign kicked off in New Delhi with a street theatre competition, Youthra 2017. Thirteen drama groups from colleges across Delhi University participated in the two-day competition. The competition was held on 4th February at PVR Saket Market and on 5th February at V3S Mall, Laxmi Nagar, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Youthra 2017 was organised in collaboration with Jazba Theatre Group and DU Beat was the media partner.

Events were also held across the country, in at least 6 PRIA field locations – puppet shows in Ajmer, street theatre in Muzaffarpur, discussions and debates with university students and NSS volunteers in Jhansi and Sonipat, media engagement in Jaipur and painting competitions with school children in Vishakapatnam.

All events are youth-led, with active engagement of young in debating, supporting and upholding #DemocracyInEverydayLife.

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Testimonials

  • PRIA facilitators listen, engage and explain at the level where participants understand and learn through many practical exercises. The best workshop on gender that our employees have attended

    Tsering Youdon
    Program Officer, Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief
    SOIR-IM, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Elected members & officials from Northern Province, Sri Lanka visited PRIA to learn about their exemplary work in developing citizen participation in governance and service delivery. JGU thanks PRIA.

    Prof. R. Sudarshan
    Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
    O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Undeniably good work done by PRIA. My visits to the communities they work with let me hear grassroots voices and stories...deeply rewarding for my personal growth, work and future research

    Loreen Regnander
    Intern, University of Victoria, Canada
  • PRIA has helped to build a large movement for citizens to use Panchayati Raj Institutions at the local level, to use their leadership, their voice, to bring about democracy from below

    Dr John Gaventa, Director of Research
    Institute of Development Studies
    Sussex, UK
  • Thank you PRIA -- for helping me gain the confidence to speak up. Today, I do not hesitate to speak with the sarpanch.

    Renu Joshi
    ASHA worker
    Hinglaz gali Anganwadi Centre, Siwana Block, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of being able to enroll myself in the course…this program has opened my eyes to possibilities for my life which were previously unconsidered

    Tripti Vinita Pal, Alumnus
    Appreciation course
  • I am a third party facilitator for three large institutions but I did not know half the things we have discussed in the Third Party Facilitator Training I attended organized by PRIA

    Rajlakshmi
    Joint Secretary of Lakshmi, an NGO
    Lucknow
  • Participatory Approaches for Social Inclusion course was undoubtedly beneficial for my research work, providing a deep understanding of theoretical aspects and the applied side of participation

    Pallavi Mishra
    PhD Research Scholar
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • We learnt multi-stakeholder dialogue as a tool for advocacy from PRIA…it is a wonderful tool for organising people

    Ashok Kadam
    Parivartan
    Maharashtra
  • I am an example of the Kishori Panchayat Programme which gave young girls the desire to do something, a reason to embrace life

    Kavita
    Kishori Panchayat Member
    Bihar