Politics

People-centred governance and decision-making, ensuring accountability and transparency

This section features initiatives and approaches towards people-centred governance and decision-making, with direct participation, and based on principles of social and environmental justice. This includes initiatives attempting to realize local non-hierarchical systems of decision-making in urban and rural areas, and linkages of these to each other at bio-cultural levels. This would also include collectives or communities that raise non-party political concerns at the local level and beyond, as well as initiatives that enhance accountability and transparency of political bodies. It will include alternative policy frameworks that are based on or promote the alternative economies featured elsewhere on this site, such as meaningful practices and concepts of well-being, instead of the mainstream development model which focuses on economic growth.

Press Release: Urgent Need to Support Goba System of Ladakh- 20-21 Sept 2022

The goba system is still highly relevant for Ladakhi society and people have laid out recommendations for its continuation.

Kishore Saint passes on …

He spent his life implementing Gandhian ideas, advocating for local self-governing institutions of tribals and local people. He was a patron of local culture and spiritual practices.

Salutes to the Rainbow of Resistance: Vimalbhai (1962 to 2022)

Vimal bhai touched thousands of lives in a deeply personal and political way. He represented the true rainbow of resistance in his work of struggle and solidarity.

Solid waste management: Why integrating informal sector is a must

There is an urgent need to frame and implement a uniform waste-picker welfare law that recognises and integrates them into the waste management chain.

At 75, is India behaving like a responsible elder? Its ecological record does not indicate it is…

How can livelihood security and dignity be ensured for hundreds of millions of people in ways that also ensure ecological security?

Open Prisons Work – Lessons From India

Open prisons are a humane solution for rehabilitation, leading to negligible rates of recidivism, at a fraction of the cost of regular prisons.

PRESS RELEASE- URGENT NEED TO SUPPORT GOBA SYSTEM OF LADAKH

Encouraging the UT Administration and the Hill Council, along with Ladakhi society, to recognise and strengthen the goba (or nambardar) system.

The Kadar Community Chart An Inspirational Journey Of Resilience As They Take Back Their Forests

The Kadars of Tamil Nadu, displaced from their ancestral forests in 2019, have fought hard to win back what is rightfully theirs.

Support for Auroville’s Experiments on Well-being

We need Auroville as an autonomous laboratory for evolving some pathways towards well-being and development through collective living and work.