July 2022

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (IST)

Online Via Zoom


India’s Millennials: Demographic Dividend Or Demographic Disappointment?

The Conversation Series

Vivan Marwaha

Author, What Millennials Want
Forbes 30 Under 30

Juhi Bansal

Senior Associate Director
Centre for Learning Futures (CLeF)
Ahmedabad University

India has the largest generation of millennials in the world. The choices and trajectory of this generation have pivotal consequences on local, regional, and global politics and economics. It was believed that with proper education and investment in human capital, India’s millennials would power the country to transform itself like many East Asian success stories. But are our millennials, the country's demographic dividend, paying out for the country the way we had hoped, or are we going to be disappointed?

What do Indian millennials want? What are their aspirations, ambitions, and anxieties? What makes them tick? Are the millennials any different from the previous generations? Are they really blazing a new trail, or are they just conforming to the established norms?

Our speaker has documented the journeys of young people across 13 Indian states. Combining a comprehensive dataset and personal anecdotes, he will narrate an intimate biography of India's millennials, investigating their attitudes towards sex, marriage, employment, religion, and politics. He will also piece together diverse trends, events, and experiences to provide a roadmap to understanding millennials.


Vivan Marwaha

Vivan Marwaha is the author of ‘What Millennials Want’ published by Penguin Viking, a non-fiction book on the economic aspirations and social views of Indian millennials. This year, Vivan was named in Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30 list for 'Media, Marketing, and Advertising'.
Currently working as a Content Marketing Manager at Everlaw, the world's most advanced ediscovery software, Vivan regularly writes in The Washington Post, BBC, New Statesman, The Times of India, The Print, and Mint. He graduated in May 2017 from Claremont McKenna College, California, with a major in International Relations focusing on Development Economics.


Juhi Bansal

Senior Associate Director at the Centre for Learning Futures, Juhi has over 10 years of experience in financial services and entrepreneurial experience and an MBA from the Symbiosis Centre for Management & HRD, Pune. In 2012 she founded Empower Now, an attempt at bridging the skill gap in corporate India. At Ahmedabad University, she is working on developing new courses and pedagogies to make learning more effective, interdisciplinary, and application-oriented.