dated September 30, 1955: Cause of youth unrest

Prime Minister Nehru has expressed the view that the sudden changes in India were mainly responsible for the occasional unrest among the younger generation. Asked at a press conference in New Delhi on September 28 whether unemployment was the cause, he replied, "No, I do not think it is due only to unemployment. The main thing is the sudden changes in India - the sudden loosening of certain restraints, physical, moral, psychological and all that, and nothing else taking their place. Every society has certain standards and codes of behaviour. They gradually change and are not rigid. It happens, as it has happened in India, that the old codes and standards have largely collapsed and no new standards come in to take their place quickly enough. Certainly, something will come ultimately, but meanwhile, we fall between two stools. It is unfortunate."

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