यह एक ऐसा स्थान हैं, जहाँ पर हम राजनीति और नेताओं पर एक खास नज़रिये से बातचीत करते हैं, जो हमारी भिन्न स्तरों के नेताओं के साथ आमने सामने हुई चर्चाओं और उनके साथ किए गए शैक्षणिक और ज्ञानवर्धक कार्यक्रमों के अनुभवों पर आधरित होगा । हम आशा करते हैं, कि यह ब्लॉग हमारे प्रजातंत्र के अनछुए और प्रेरणादायक पहलुओ पर प्रकाश डालेगा और संभवत हम सभी को हमारी डेमोक्रेसी को जीवंत रखने के लिए व्यक्तिगत स्तर पर प्रयास करने के लिए रास्ता दिखायेगा ।

Monday, 9 June 2008

Let’s run for the office of citizen of India!

Let’s run for the office of citizen of India!

Democracy Connect is a journey which began with a few youngsters wanting to explore why lack of political will is considered the biggest roadblock to the achievement of several of our “widely shared” developmental objectives... more importantly can something be done about it and most importantly finding and playing our role to the fullest in that “ something”.

After all there is no reason that a nation of our stature should continue to remain complacent with still widely prevalent poverty, disempowerment and lack of opportunity. Or to put it more bluntly there can be no acceptable reason for putting up with a chalta hai attitude in this regard. Almost 50% of our children don’t get the nutrition they should get to achieve even their physical potential and if we care to measure our poverty statistics correctly we will find almost 75% of Indians having less than 1$ a day income.

Fortunately or unfortunately it is not the lack of resources that is stopping us from altering this situation, to illustrate on an average government spends a Rs 1800 crore a day, to achieve a complete sanitation coverage we need about 140 million toilets, these can be built with just 2o days of government expenditure and similarly to construct 1.6 million classrooms would only require 9 days government expenditure. The recurring expenditure of schools can be met with just 5 days of government expenditure (based on an assessment by Lok Satta, a new age political party). Even if we only take the figure of Gross Budgetary Support of Rs 243386 crores in the Budget 2008-09, we will still be able to achieve these objectives with a few months’ government expenditure.

Much progress has been achieved but much more needs to be done. It may sound clichéd but there are several Indias living at the same time, the answer for some of us who have had opportunities in life to grow out of our humble beginnings is not to feel guilty and offer palliative grants to some harmless charities but to explore what can possibly be done to address this in a fundamental and systemic way.

That fundamental way, we believe is constructively engaging with the political process (not party politics). It is an empowering belief and an empowering journey!

There is much cynicism about politics and politicians, which is mostly not unfounded. The lure of Political Power does not always attract people who wish to use it responsibly for public good. There are structural problems in our polity which possibly allow entry of higher number of people with no intention to serve anybody other than their own selves.

And yet we wish to undertake this journey along side our political leaders and not leaders from business, bureaucracy or the not profit space. Some of our greatest civil society organisations from every sphere of life will show us the way, but we believe that in a democracy an uplifting vision to liberate our country and her people from the chains of poverty can only come from our political society.

We are a non-profit that works with members of the Indian Parliament and other national / sub-national political players across the political spectrum to provide knowledge and capacity building support to help them play their constitutionally mandated role more effectively.
We wish to facilitate the creation of 1) informed frameworks and 2) Enabling environment for those in democratic governance, especially around their agenda setting, knowledge building and Rule Making roles and processes.

Democracy Connect is a growing family of people from all walks of life, who wish to contribute to preserving our democracy and contributing to its effectiveness in addressing our deep challenges in governance.

We are running for the office of citizen of India and we believe that we can influence some of this political power to be used for eradicating poverty and glaring inequity that exist in our society.

“Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever did” - Margaret Meade


Anonymous Anonymous said...

An excellent article.Really shows the need for all of us to stan up and do something.

12 June 2008 at 17:09


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