24 November, 2020


Who's Gandhi? Was Muslim League a football tournament? Ask Gen Y, and you'll draw a blank.

Macaulay's kids they're not. Right when the MTV logo on the corner of their TV screen segues into the tricolour and they catch themselves staring into the Ashoka Chakra along with Isha Koppikar on August 15, they'll know that this year, like the last, it's time to get up and go—flag-hoisting, anthem-singing and saluting in school and college. What will this I-Day ask of them? Anything new? Nah, not really; even alarm clocks aren't necessary after Nokias and Samsungs wake you up with your dance-ditty faves. And this must be why none of us have heard the alarm bells that should've been ringing loudly about a generation which has a huge lacuna where there should have been a sense of history.

What is Gen Next's ground reality? To find out, Outlook reporters in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore went out and had a chat with the youth about here, now and yesterday. These then are scenes from each city.

MUMBAI: A bunch of girls outside St Xavier's College. What makes it interesting is that these are students of History, free right now and tanking up on...


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