Indian Youth in a Transforming World: Attitudes and Perceptions
Edited by: Peter Ronald Desouza, Sanjay Kumar, Sandeep Shastri. Published: May 2009; Pages: 208; Size: Crown: 7″ x 10″ Imprint: SAGE India; Rs 695. ISBN: 9788132101710
This book comprises the first nationwide study based on face-to-face interviews with 5,000 youth to capture the popular mood of this important demographic segment of contemporary India. It records their perceptions of various issues, ranging from modernity, development, globalization and unemployment, to leisure and lifestyle, social networks and family, and their hopes and aspirations for the future.
The book underlines that Indian youth reflect an authentic multiplicity of aspirations, ‘world views’ and interest, quite like the rich tapestry of India’s diversity. It indicates that they are a mix of continuity and change. However, they stand distinct in many ways from the youth the world over.
This book is also likely to break some myths related to the youth, opening avenues for new debates. For example, it reveals that there is hardly any decline in interest in politics between today’s youth and the previous generations. At the same time, it also helps strengthen some commonly held perceptions about the youth.
The book would be invaluable for professionals in advertising and other sectors of the media and all those involved in market research. Students and teachers of specialized psychology courses, behavioural sociology, political sociology, will also find it useful.
YOUTH As Catalysts and Change Makers
By Prof. G Palanithurai and Prof. M A Thirunavukkarasu Published by Concept Publishing Company (P) LTD. Website: www.conceptpub.com, 2010, 296pp, ISBN : 978-81-8069-682-4, Price: Rs. 750.
This book attempts to document the leadership role of the youth at the grassroots level in India. Containing narratives of the volunteers, mostly general and the poor in particular, it discusses at length how they struggled to achieve success in their war against corruption, gender inequality and social injustice.
Also, it deliberates on the Gandhian model of development, crisis management and role of youth in strengthening the panchayats.
World Report – Youth and Climate Change
United Nations publication, ISBN 978-92-1-130303-2, Copyright United Nations, 2010. Printed by the United Nations, New York
Climate change is one of the defining challenges of the twenty-first century. It is a challenge that is global in both its impact and its solutions but one that is not shared equally, as developing countries are likely to be among the most seriously affected by and the least able to address the consequences of climate change. Climate change touches every aspect of life and impinges on development efforts, with consequences ranging from immediate to long term. Major adjustments are required to promote more sustainable patterns of production and consumption at both the collective and individual levels. Solid evidence exists that climate change will have a more serious impact than initially anticipated and that adaptation and mitigation will entail significantly higher costs if action is deferred than if the problem is addressed now.
Addressing and adjusting to the challenge of climate change is certain to be a defining feature of the future of today’s youth. It is therefore critical that young people educate themselves and become more actively involved in combating this threat.
The present Report is designed to assist youth and youth organizations in such an endeavour. It is also meant to affirm the status of young people as key stakeholders in the fight against climate change. The publication comes at a time when efforts to address climate change are receiving unparalleled attention in the international arena, offering youth a unique opportunity for their voice to be heard in the debate.
Employment For Rural Youth In Asia And The Pacific – Jobs And Empowerment On And Off Farm Opportunities In The Rural Non-Farm Sector In India
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The forces that shape and influence youth today will be the forces that dominate our world tomorrow. Youth look not only for a livelihood, but for dignity and for purpose and meaning in their lives. They are as easily seduced by evil doctrines, as they are by positive and constructive ideologies so youth can be a country’s weakness or its strength.
This booklet will try to provide some answers. It aims to look at some of the root causes of rural underdevelopment and to outline some of the approaches that have been successful in the promotion of youth employment. It concludes that skills and jobs are not enough. Initiatives for rural youth employment must include elements of empowerment for youth and mechanisms to promote a sense of achievement and self-worth among young people.