The Giving Issue2 min read . Updated: 02 Nov 2013, 12:25 AM IST
Don't blame the politician. Contribute to make governance work in the coming year. We show you how
Candlelit vigils, sit-out protests, outbursts on social media and spontaneous marches are not the way to bring about a change in how democracy functions. Neither is going out to vote during an election when you don’t know much about the person who may become the MLA or MP to represent you.
Want a country that functions, where systems and bureaucracy excel and where you, the citizen, has the respect that the Constitution accords you with on paper?
Ask yourself, when was the last time you cleaned the litter in your neighbourhood park? Or fought someone who promised to get your work done in a jiffy as long as you paid a small bribe? Did you say no or tell yourself it’s fine just this once?
If you are growing guiltier with every sentence, it’s time for you to roll up your sleeves and get cracking, to reclaim this country by starting the process of change with yourself. The only way to do this is to become a participatory citizen, one who knows that the 552 people who sit in the Lok Sabha for five years are not the only ones with the onus (or prerogative) to make this country a better place. It’s only when you become active that you will be able to demand action from others.
Today we are taking away this excuse—“I cannot engage with governance because I do not know where to go". We have drawn up a list of organizations that work with governance-related issues—be it freedom of media, transparency, accountability, citizens’ initiatives, parliamentary and legal reform. Take your pick. And make this democracy rock.