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.

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.

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?