CSOs: Mirrors, not just handmaidens4 min read 03 Jun 2015, 12:27 AM IST
When a government limits the freedom of NGOs to criticize, as seems to be happening now, it prevents them from doing what it needs them to do
We cannot imagine democracies without a vibrant civil society. In a socially and economically diverse country like India, civil society plays a key role in voicing the needs and aspirations of different communities. The world over, it is understood that civil society organizations (CSOs) provide checks and balances to counter the unbridled power of the state and any abuse of that power. They also act as a deterrent to the unlawful accumulation of power and resources by markets.
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