Growing Intolerance is trending… Why? Are we failing to understand each other and just reacting?

India is witnessing a demographic transition. It is home to one of the largest and fastest-growing youth populations in the world. 65% of India’s population is under 35 years in age. In a society as complex and diverse as India, the challenge is to ensure that this huge segment of our population becomes a vibrant, constructive force that can address social issues and create a more just, equitable and peaceful world. Unfortunately today we are witnessing a growing atmosphere of intolerance in the country. The youth have enough potential to change the current scenario and make this society an inclusive one to live in but unfortunately it appears that they are also the easiest to manipulate. We strongly feel that a space needs to be created where young people can come together leaving behind their identities and make friends beyond labels.

Samjho Toh Express is an initiative by ComMutiny The Youth Collective and its forum members which aims at cultivating cross border friendships through an experiential journey which will help the youth in reflecting and breaking the stereotypes that they hold for other communities, genders, castes, religions, ethnic backgrounds etc. A journey through this campaign will help in internalizing the need to understand the ‘other’. The campaign looks at amplifying, nurturing and evaluating the 5th space concept through,

  • 1. Promoting young leaders and youth led organizations to engage on issues of social exclusion
  • 2. Enabling a range of stakeholders like youth collectives, civil society groups and media groups to expand and strengthen the concept of 5th space.
  • 3. Enabling active social media engagements to create awareness on issues of social exclusion and friendships beyond borders/labels.
  • 4. Raising more funds to sustain and add to the Youth Centric Consortium to support more youth led organizations.
    21 of our partners are taking this express on ground through 14 states across the country. These are Agrini, ALFA, Anhad Pravah, Audacious Dreams, Bharat Calling, CSEI, Kat-Katha, Milaan, People for Change, People for Parity, Prantakatha, Pravah, Pravah Jaipur Initiative, Rubaroo, Sauhard, Synergy Sansthan, We are Young Foundation, YES Foundation. These events have various activities involved like Wall painting, Film screenings, Metro advertisements etc.

    So, get on board, break your stereotypes and understand ‘The Other’ beyond their gender, caste, religion, ethnicity etc. An experiential journey awaits you! Contact us through 5th Space Facebook or write to cyc.delhi@gmail.com