Impact of Religion on Youth

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Introduction

The impact that religion has exerted on mankind’s history is phenomenal, even in the twenty first century, perceptions are beguiled more by religion than any other factor. Too many policies, political associations, economic stances and military actions are dictated to a large extent by religion for anyone to take it lightly. This holds much greater significance for the people of the subcontinent than other places, save a few exceptions. Whether this was due to the success of the “Divide and Rule” policy of the British Raj, or the prevalent conflicting nature of the different tenets of the respective sects, the subcontinent was divided on the basis of ideological differences. The vehicle of transformation is the youth, their energy, vigor and enthusiasm have fueled many revolutions in history, in our own we see the contribution of students and student politics. But their precarious disposition in society leaves them vulnerable to manipulation. The idea of this text is to investigate the attitudes toward religion and involvement in religion of select youth in Bangladesh.

Objectives

The central aim is to find out the impact of religion in today’s youth in Bangladesh and compare it with the youth of other countries. Under the heading of youth fall those young men and women between the ages of 18 and 26, among these youth, the project will mainly concentrate on Islam. The outcome will indicate the directions in which we as a country are heading, and about the ways in which these attributes reflect Bangladesh’s situation and our contribution to the wider global context, keeping in context the recent militant uprisings of South Asia.

The paper revolves around 5 questions

1. How much do the adolescents know about their religion? 2. How devoted are they to their religion and what benefits can they derive from it? 3. How does living in a dominantly muslim country affects their lives? 4. Do they want society to be more adherent to Islamic ways or less? 5. How important is it to the youth to spread their religion and how far are they willing to go for its cause?

Methodology

The Primary data will be collected by conducting a survey using a structured questionnaire on at least 30 young people. Further investigation will be carried out by interviewing a small sample of young people to find out reasons behind the survey findings and to get feedback.

The Secondary data would come from Literature reviews from library books and journals and articles from the internet.

The student participants, in exchange for their time and for their considered reflection on important and also personal aspect of their lives, stand to gain valuable insight into those aspects. There is also potential for a certain amount of empowerment of the participants through the influence that they have on the research process, and through increased awareness of their importance for the future of their communities, their religions, and this country.

How much do the adolescents know about their religion?
With the arrival of the internet, information regarding almost any subject can be found in mere seconds. If one was inclined to find out about religion, there are various ways in which the internet alone can come to the rescue. There are forums, FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), e-zines (electronic magazines), and wide varieties of publications from authors of all accreditations. There are new Islamic channels on the television, and certain Indian channels also have morning prayer sessions for Hindus. Islamic channels like Peace TV and Islamic TV are very popular in Bangladesh. Translations of the programs on these channels can be found in DVDs in most video stores in Dhaka. With so much information available, it’s hard to assess what is valuable information and what is not. As the American writer Gertrude Stein said “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common...
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