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.

Pandemic Resilience in Urban India

Examples, lessons, and specific recommendations for communities, civil society organisations, and government agencies.

The Goba of Ladakh: Report

This study focuses on documenting the present status of the traditional governance system of Ladakhi villages, with a focus on the goba (or lambardar/nambardar).

India’s 1st CFR village moves HC for ‘gramdan’ status

A 100% of the landowners in the village surrendered their ownership and the whole village land came under gramdan.

Statement to Bharat Jodo Yatra

On the need for innovative, fundamental alternatives to currently dominant economic and political system.

Raja of Stances

A freelance journalist who brings the stories of tribal survival and annihilation to the outside world.

Colonisers and colonized

Living in a non-colonising way; resistance coupled with alternatives, often conceived of as prefigurative politics, can indeed lead to justice, equity, and sustainability.

All Ladakh Goba Association (Leh district) formed to strengthen goba system

This Association will take up various issues relating to gobas, to help strengthen their role for the benefit of Ladakhi society as a whole.

Parisar Founder and Trustee Sujit Patwardhan passes away

Mr. Patwardhan was one of the first to provide a vision of sustainable transport for the city based on walking, cycling and public transport.

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.