The youth are not only potential voters but are also critical stakeholders in all aspects of society and polity. They have the ability to bring about reforms in the most sensitive situations. It is worth recalling that the first major attempt to bring in democracy in China involved young Chinese. In Burkina Faso, youth initiatives helped overthrow a dictatorship and in South Africa, the youth united against apartheid.
In India, the young people have grown up in an independent nation. They could be the harbingers of a new and modern society and polity. Most of them do not know the shackles of the British Raj that plagued India. They are the “post-lib” generation-realists, savvy and aware. The World Bank's World Development Report 2007 notes that the percentage of youth, 'very' or 'rather' interested in politics in India, rose from around 35 per cent in 1990 to around 50 per cent in 2000.
Although the change is encouraging, the fact still remains that young people in India are still complacent when it comes to the political processes. They only think of voting when it is made “cool” to do so. They still keep a far distance from the idea of being political leaders as the word ‘politics’ brings an unpalatable feeling in them.
In this context, a need was felt to mobilize the youth of India to actively participate in issues that directly affect them. Liberal Youth Forum was born to facilitate the youth in speaking up and finding active solutions for such issues and systems that require change to envision a peaceful society without political, social, economic and cultural rigidities.