VARANASI, India—This is one of the most spiritual cities in the world, but its modern identity is as the contentious battleground of India’s elections. Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the common man’s party, is challenging Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
And so in this ancient place, it is the young who matter more than ever. About half of India’s population is projected to skew under age 25 by 2020. First-time voters are likely to number around 160 million in May—two out of every 10 registered.
Last week, I sat down with a few of them on banks of the Ganges river at sunset. They were seven students from the Banaras Hindu University, one of India’s most prestigious educational institutions, established in 1916…read it at Quartz