Now Live: The Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief Podcast

Our world is changing. Young people are at the front and back of some of the largest movements powering this change.

In India as well, young people are leading dialogues for a new norm. You can agree with them or disagree with them, but you sure can’t ignore them.

As young India battles some of the toughest challenges of job loss and economic slowdown, and enters a new more open, informed and vocal era, it’s critical that those in positions of power also pay attention.

In early 2019, Youth Ki Awaaz launched the Prime Ministerial Brief to highlight your voices on issues the Prime Minister of India should be paying attention to. And today, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Prime Ministerial Brief Podcast, available across platforms on Spotify, Apple Music and more for you to tune in to those issues that matter the most for young India.

From what the media is missing out on to what isn’t making it to the parliamentary debates, the PM Brief has it all.

Join us, as we explore what young India has to say to PM Modi, and add your voice by replying to this email with issues you think we should highlight – or better, write about those issues on YKA.

Tune in every Monday for a new episode on

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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