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'Lalu Yadav is UP President, Modi and Kejriwal Rule Delhi': How Young India Answered a 'Prank' Survey

Not one of the respondent realised that states in India do not have Presidents but are instead headed by Chief Ministers.

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Updated:December 21, 2018, 4:30 PM IST
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'Lalu Yadav is UP President, Modi and Kejriwal Rule Delhi': How Young India Answered a 'Prank' Survey
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The youth of a country is usually thought of as an important source of demographic dividend. However, a video that recently surfaced on the internet has made several people concerned about the awareness levels of young persons in the country.

The video, which was intended as a social experiment, depicts anchors/presenters approaching young persons in various places in India and asking them trick questions like 'who will Rahul Gandhi appoint as the President of Rajasthan' or 'who is the President of UP'. Surprisingly, not one of the respondents realised or pointed out that it was a trick question. States in India do not have Presidents but are instead headed by Chief Ministers.

The experiment followed the 2018 Assembly elections in five states which ended with Congress wresting Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh from the Bharatiya Janata Party. Telangana Rashtra Samithi won in Telangana while Mizo National Front won highest majority in Mizoram.

For the last week, both legacy and digital media outlets as well as social media has been buzzing with news of the election results. High drama ensued in the days that followed the results as Congress President Rahul Gandhi chose the Chief Ministers for the three states Congress won.

However, from the video it seems clear that many young persons remained completely unaware of these changes. And not just that, many of the answers exhibited a lack of even basic understanding of political matters among the youth in the country.

Don't believe us? Sample some of the answers when the presenters asked who Rahul Gandhi would appoint as President of Rajasthan.

One of the respondents said Jyotiraditya Scindia should be made CM. (Scindia was in the race for becoming CM in Madhya Pradesh). Another responded that Gandhi should make Nobita, the fictional cartoon character from the popular children's animated show Doraemon, the CM of Rajasthan.

When they were asked whether the 'President' of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan should step down since Congress had won, many opined that the man should be given another chance. However, they did not know who the 'President' of MP was.

One of the most bizarre responses was that the 'President' of Uttar Pradesh is Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Many young persons seemed unaware of who the 'President' of Delhi was. One thought it was Yogi Adityanath, another thought it was Pranab Mukherjee while yet another said Narendra Modi is the President of Delhi. When asked who the Prime Minister of India is, in that case, the respondent quipped 'Arvind Kejriwal'.

While the video has been eliciting many laughs on social media, many pointed out that it was a stark reminder of the deeply flawed understanding of politics and political phenomena among Indian youth who presumably exercise their right to vote or will do so in the near future.

For the record, the new CM of Rajasthan is Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel was chosen as the CM of Chhattisgarh and Kamal Nath took up the reigns in Madhya Pradesh. MNF's Zoramthanga became CM in Mizoram while the incumbent KCR maintained his position as the CM of Telangana. Meanwhile, Yogi Adityanath and Arvind Kejriwal continue as the CMs of UP and Delhi respectively while Narendra Modi remains the Prime Minister of India.

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