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Youth in India protest army recruitment scheme and ‘economic distress’

Youth in India protest army recruitment scheme and ‘economic distress’

Issued on: 23/06/2022 – 17:44Modified: 24/06/2022 – 10:32

In India, young people who see the public sector as an avenue out of unemployment have been protesting a new army recruitment scheme that they say reduces job security. Videos of the protests on June 16 and 17 in the northeast show blockaded or destroyed railway stations as well as violent clashes with the police. Our Observer says these protests represent “the accumulated anger of the youth, at unemployment and economic distress”. 

The protests have been particularly violent in India’s poorer northern states since the government unveiled a new army recruitment programme on June 14. In Telangana, where police opened fire on crowds, a 19-year-old man was killed on June 17. Numerous people have been injured in protests around the country. 

Videos show protesters vandalising railway stations with stones and bamboo canes and setting trains on fire. The premises of the ruling BJP party in Bihar were also targeted on June 16 and 17.

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Nonviolent protests were held across the country, supported by opposition parties, including the Congress party

Several students who were preparing for recruitment into the army and had been found fit before the Covid-19 pandemic decided to march to Delhi from the city of Nagpur in West Bengal, about 1,000 kilometres away. They left on June 1, before the programme was announced.

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