On 17 June 2022, the youth in several cities held protests against the Agnipath Army Recruitment Scheme, mainly around railway stations. The protests turned violent, especially in Bihar, leading to several train coaches getting burnt and a minister’s house being attacked. This was unprecedented. The government had announced the scheme on 14 June. I did not realize the implications of this new recruitment programme until I saw the anger on the faces of the youth and in their body language.