Generation Y, is the generation of individuals born between 1980 & 1995. Also known as Gen-Next, this generation signifies a change in the thought process of society that was never experienced earlier. The children of this generation are forever engaged in a pursuit of finding answers to their question. It is for this never-ending questions of Generation Y, one can also rename this generation to Generation-‘Why’.
Today, this generation formulates the majority of workforce of India and hence, it is pertinent to know the story of Generation-Why (Gen-Why).
Growing up in the era of a liberal economy is an unique attribute of the Gen-Why of India. The liberalization of Indian economy had a deep impact on the DNA of the children of this generation. The advent of Cable TV exposed their juvenile minds to the plethora of information across the globe. Suddenly, the little worlds of youngsters exploded into a galaxy of many worlds. The youth of India, in his own minuscule way started discussing and debating the impact of various world occurrences on his young life. This revolution, thus fathered an interrogative thought-process in the kids, which emboldened the inquisitiveness of this generation.
The ‘India Story’ is the story of an emerging economic super power of the world and is often discussed on almost every international platform. This story is nothing but the story of ability and attitude of young minds of Generation-Why. The eagerness and fearlessness of this generation to ask questions segregates this generation from the previous ones.
In the context of cricket, it was once believed that on the cricket field, the Umpire’s decision is final and cannot be changed. However, this very sacred norm of the Gentleman’s game was changed by the Gen-Why cricketers. Today, we have The Umpire Decision Review System (D.R.S.) whereby cricketers have power to officially question the Umpire’s decision. The judgments of an once unquestionable authority of the game are now put to test by the young men and women on the field. This empowerment is the end result of the ‘Why’ (questioning) way of Generation-Why.
Gen-Why believes in taking the bull by its horn. They are not the generation of Indian cricketers that was shell-shocked after witnessing the historic last ball sixer hit by the Pakistani Legend – Javed Miandad in Sharjah. Gen-Why is represented by M.S. Dhoni, who had hit a sixer and had won the 2011 World Cup for India. The men and women of this generation are not the ones who witness history but are ones who makes history.
The beliefs of this Why-cohort has brought a massive change in the socio-political landscape of India. This group no longer accepts the subsidized ‘opportunities’ thrown at them by the government of the day. Instead, they believe in their own prowess of creating opportunities of growth. The Youth of India has coerced the Indian political class in accepting the fact that a new alternation has occurred to the demography of India, which has caused an ideological shift in politics and has led to the emergence of a new voter base.
Foreign Direct Investments did not just brought big-wig consumer brands to India but also facilitated the young Gen-Why workforce to rub shoulders with the professionals across shores. This multi-national interaction magnified the view of the Indian youth to the world and vice versa. The youngster of India could finally prove their might in front of the world – during the 2008-recession, the Gen-Why professionals of India successfully managed the bulk of back-end operations of some of the world’s most reputed Investment banks.
The critics may consider this as the most dogmatic generation of our era. As per them, the Gen-Why represents the most narrow minded and materialistic generation that believes only in propagating its own version of truth as the gospel truth. However, the reality is that the so-called dogmatism of this generation rests firmly on the shoulders of a pragmatic research base. How? Let’s not forget that the arrival of Gen-Why coincides with the advent of Internet. Gen-Why users were the first batch of users of the Internet. The frequent usage of Internet to gather information led to the growth of a research culture among the youth. It is precisely due to this culture that the opinions of this age-group are based on scientific facts available via the domain of Internet.
Generation-Why believes in challenging the status-quo and it is this precise challenge that has shaken the edifice of many establishments across the spectrum of society. One may like it or not but as long as this generation is in business, it will undauntedly float its version of truth in society, challenge the same version of truth after a period of time and once again come up with a newer version of truth. Simply because this generation believes in the principle of self-redundancy. They do not wait for others to challenge and change their views. Using the scientific tools available to them, they are in a constant pursuit of gathering information and establishing newer facts, even though these may completely obsolete the older versions.
I belong to this generation and proudly believe that the real spirit of Gen-Why is in the famous Hindi song – छोड़ो कल की बातें, कल की बात पुरानी नए दौर में लिखेंगे, मिल कर नई कहानी ; हम हिंदुस्तानी, हम हिंदुस्तानी .