Half a billion millennial voters are face of Asia 2019

In the first half of this year, a billion Asians will elect the next leaders of the region's two largest democracies.

Half - 400 million in India and 79 million in Indonesia - are from the millennial generation, born roughly between 1982 and 2001. Many will cast votes for the first time. Although the threat of sectarian hatred looms large over the Indian and Indonesian elections, economics will still take centre stage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 03, 2019, with the headline 'Half a billion millennial voters are face of Asia 2019'. Print Edition | Subscribe