Indians are most worried about terrorism, unemployment, and financial and political corruption. (Photo: PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

TERRORISM, unemployment and financial and political corruption are what most Indians are worried about, according to a new survey.

But at the same time, a majority of Indians are optimistic that the nation was headed in the right direction, revealed the Ipsos’ What Worries the World Global Survey.

“Pulwama terror strike has propelled terrorism to the fore. It was way down in the pecking order in the past waves. Terrorism is bothering Indians the most,” said Parijat Chakraborty, Service Line Leader, Ipsos Public Affairs, Customer Experience and Corporate Reputation.

“Likewise, lack of jobs is weighing on the minds of Indians and government needs to take the bull by the horns and actively needs to address job creation and tighten its stranglehold on terrorism,” said Chakraborty.

The lack of employment opportunities is one of the biggest problems faced by Indians today, and both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress’ election manifestos promise to tackle this problem.

The BJP has promised to increase public and private investments so that the number of jobs also increases.

“We will continue the fast pace with more and more public and private investment and efficient ground level management on the building of infrastructure further and to improve the quality of life and enhance the ease of living. In addition to ensuring efficiency in the economy, this will also lead to the creation of a large number of jobs and livelihood opportunities,” the manifesto promises.

Meanwhile, India’s main opposition party, the Congress, has promised to ensure 34 lakh jobs in the public sector by filling all 4 lakh central government vacancies before March 2020.