Saturday, May 23

We are a young country today?

Of the 543 elected members of Parliament's lower house, 147 are 45 or younger.

According to census data, about two-thirds of India's 1.2 billion people are 35 or younger, and half are 20 or younger. It is estimated that by 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 31, compared with 37 for China and 48 for Japan. In the recent elections, more than 20 percent of the 700 million eligible voters were 35 or younger.

The India Today newsmagazine wrote in its current issue, "This is the era of Rahul Gandhi, where to be young is to be politically correct."

On Friday, two English-language newspapers, the Hindustan Times and the Times of India, ran stories asking women why they find him "hot" and what they thought a date with him would be like.

We see the potbellied culture of senior citizens getting over in the parliament like the country as a whole; India's politicians are getting more youthful.

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