PN Vijay:
We can proudly claim that many of pillars of democracy - freedom of speech, right to property, strong judiciary, vibrant free press are alive n kicking in India tho some people m/say sedition law n some other moves are encroaching into these hallowed areas of liberty.
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But where we are lacking in democratic reach is in local self-gov. Most Indians have come to believe that govt belongs to netas/babus n citizens are mute helpless spectators, with these “superior souls” shaping their everyday life.
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Events, which happen all over India every day, highlight indiff of govt to views of local communities n lack of participation of people in making rules for their surroundings.
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A visible form of citizen non-participation in decisions that affect their lives is naming of roads. Some like Aurangzeb Rd as Dr Abdul Kalam Marg was req - we s/n be idolising rulers who brought untold misery. But some others have totally failed.
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eg, Connaught Place was renamed as Indira Chowk n Rajiv Chowk 3 decaded ago but every one continues to call it Connaught Place or CP. Delhi’s long Ring Road has so many names as it circles round city but people still call it Ring Road.
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It is in the area of managing environment around them that people need to be involved n given more power so that we are more than a once-in-five-years democracy.
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Like in USA. My brother n his wife attend regular meetings of local council to decide if a road s/allow goods vehicles to enter; unless it approved, c/n be made a rule. Power to decide, in essence, was vested in citizens of community, who were actually affected by rule.
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Ironically, our humble villages hv lot more of self-gov than in urban areas. Panchayats hv say in many matters (not all) involving their life n even hv budgets to spend on dev of villages. There c/be overreach by them, but overall, this devolution is a laudable development.
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A good solution w/b to bring in a rule that every locality in a Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III city/town s/hv a RWA, whose office bearers are elected by residents of that locality.
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Any decision affecting locality - related to roads, traffic, water supply, electricity, location of offices, schools, shops, hospitals or religious places or noise levels - should first be cleared by RWA before it c/b enacted by govt authority.
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If RWA appears unreasonable n selfish, govt authority s/b allowed to go to court n ask for decision to be reversed. Another extn of this concept is to hand over funds meant for dev of locality to RWAs, so that they can spend that money.
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Also, RWA reps s/b involved in mgt of local muni's n wards under them. This w/give resources n power to citizens; I believe RWAs will do a much better job than babus sitting in power.
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Make MLAs/MPs accountable for what govt is doing / not doing in their constituencies. Public perception is MLA/MP is not involved in decisions involving constituency n is largely not bothered till 1 yr before the next election.
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@baheriasc is not like that, sir.
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Democracy means giving power to people over their own lives. It is much more than standing in line every 5 yrs n electing MLA/MP. Today, while we do hv a democracy at top level, it is not available at grassroots level.
- @pnvijay

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India’s privatization program represents a sweeping rollback of state control.. (n) a sharp repudiation of India’s first prime minister, Nehru, n his daughter, Indira Gandhi.
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