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.

The development plan that could end up sinking Lakshadweep islands

Why cause irreparable damage to the ecology and generate large-scale livelihood pressures?

How a tribal village in Damoh fought for its land and rejuvenated it

About 25,000 people participated in the Yatra, marching from Gwalior to Delhi to make a statement about their Forest Rights.

लोकशाही की नींव की लडाई (in Hindi)

ग्रामसभा याने गांव का विधिमंडल. और वयम् वाले कहते हैं ऐसा सचमुच हो सकता है.

Rethinking Youth Activism

Dissent and democracy go together. We must rethink, accept and create space for youth activism and strengthen legal & democratic institutions

Kunariya: A Model Panchayat in Gujarat

"... cannot we, along with a few surrounding villages, produce most items of daily household use ourselves?“

Ka Iqbal: My host of Ladakh

Anshul recalls wonderful memories of Ka Iqbal, disability rights activist in Ladakh

Ka Iqbal’s legacy will live on

Kaga Iqbal's huge contribution to the disability sector in Ladakh

D Litt degrees conferred upon Devaji Tofa & Sunil Deshpande

Long overdue recognition for practitioners of traditional knowledge and alternative learning models.

पायविहीरमधील विकासाची प्रक्रिया (in Marathi)

ज्या गावामध्ये केवळ उजाड माळरान आहे त्याने ते पुन्हा हिरवेगार करण्याची हिंमत दाखवणे हे अधिक प्रशंसनीय !