Jinnah does not matter – the evidence

Indian youth are unconcerned

The Hindustan Times survey of 921 people between 18 and 25 showed the Jinnah debate rated a low 3.5 on a relevance scale of 10 while 54 percent thought India’s politicians were stuck in the past.

“Young India knows history but doesn’t want to live in it. The question for the young is not Jinnah who, but why,” said the survey headlined “The Youth Don’t Care”.

“That is, why should the controversy have all but appropriated national discourse when surely partition, while important, matters less than economic progress and geo-strategic power projection?” [Reuters via India Uncut]

Concern over economic development was expected, but it is heartening to note that Indian youth are concerned about geo-strategic power projection too. Good news as far as the The Acorn’s readership growth potential is concerned.

3 thoughts on “Jinnah does not matter – the evidence”

  1. Well this is to be expected isn’t ??

    Indians are in general indifferent to their past and apathetic to their environment.
    Also, I am amused by your elation at being supported by general ignorance
    This will explain our less than perfect past and our traumatized.
    How much you will like to forget Jinnah,I think that however painful we must learn our lessons from partition.Sadly neither the intellectuals belonging to “secular” ilk nor our “youth” seem to have learned the lesson.
    Well, then be prepared to face the consequences of forgetting the past

  2. Gaurav,

    If you go beyond the headline, you will notice that they do not say partition was unimportant. It is important to learn from history, but a mistake to live in the past. I think Primary Red made this point well in his comments on the previous post on this topic.

  3. Are you sure we have learned our lessons ??
    Before the advent of internet and the resulting explosion in information in everything(including history),we were all fed with “official history”.
    For us past was always in “white” (gandhi/nehru)and “black” (Jinnah).
    So I think that now when we have unshackled ourself from burdens of official socialism, and are more confident than ever.
    It is a good time to revisit the past (not live in the past)and relearn the lesson, this time (hopefully)the right way, considering we are better placed than earlier generations (for whom, partition was always a persoanl trauma, even at subconcious level).
    It is a good time to discuss all the aspects of official history

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