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Q & A with Blue Ribbon Movement founder

By Akanksha Saxena, India

India is the world’s largest democracy and half the country’s population of 1.25 billion people is under 25 years of age. Even with the young demographic dividend volunteering is not a popular concept in India.

At the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg we catch up with Abhishek Thakore, founder of the Blue Ribbon Movement in India and Suruchi Aulakh, senior advisor of Blue Ribbon Movement.


Image caption: Suruchi Aulukh (left) with Abhishek Thakore (right) from Blue Ribbon Movement in India at World Forum for Democracy 2014, Strasbourg.

Blue Ribbon provides NSS Community Connect Fellowships which is a year-long leadership development program for the brightest students of NSS (National Service Scheme), India’s youth volunteering program.

Abhishek and Suruchi reflect in this Q&A on why building civic engagement and leadership among young people is important for a democracy and how this is a tough task.

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World Forum for Democracy
Strasbourg, France
Nov. 2014