‘Highlighting issue of unemployment is an election priority’

Activist Dr HV Vasu says the message to the political class is clear: ‘If you do not chart a constructive course to revive jobs, we, the youth, are not going to vote for you. Period.’

Social activist Dr HV Vasu is not convinced by the usual protests or the rhetoric aimed at the ruling class, especially when it comes to tackling the elephant in the room -- growing unemployment in his home state Karnataka, and elsewhere in the country. Dr Vasu, also a practising medical doctor, has been involved in the social development sphere for the past decade. He says the idea for a new campaign took roots when some students who were new to his circle of friends probed him on the way forward -- how to constructively confront the jobs conundrum at hand.

So took off the No Jobs No Votes Campaign in May 2017. In short, the message to the political class is quite clear – ‘If you do not chart a constructive course to revive jobs, we the youth are not going to vote for you. Period.’

SouthWord. caught up with Dr Vasu for a chat about his approach. In this exclusive interview, watch him talk about the lax stand adopted by the political parties when it comes to job creation, the so-called skill development drives, the growing unaccountability of contractual jobs, the emergence of AI and the impact on the IT sector, the importance of conceiving a strategy that puts a labour intensive manufacturing sector as the primary foothold, the huge untapped potential of the agricultural sector and such like. And more importantly, a Youth Manifesto, which the campaign is to put forth sometime in February 2018.

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