By Sumona DasGupta
This ebook appears at a sequence of citizen-led campaigns to supply information regarding and energise the associations of neighborhood self-governance in India following the 73rd and 74th modification Acts. mind-blowing of their outreach and importance, the campaigns, popularly referred to as PEVACs (Pre-election citizens’ wisdom Campaigns), reached out to very large swathes of the inhabitants, relatively in rural India, via a distinct community that included civil-society businesses around the state, the media and the country Election fee itself. The booklet trips throughout the warmth and mud of those striking campaigns, drawing from a repertoire of box studies and interviews to mirror at the importance of this ‘experiment’ on deepening democracy in India. particularly, it analyses the method of the campaigns and posits that this itself turned a unprecedented workout in democratic perform, indicating the form that deliberation and dialogic practices may perhaps really tackle the sector. because the campaigns moved from district to district, via their road performs, posters, pamphlets, jagrut yatras, candidate–voter dialogues, rehearsals of balloting strategies, constructing of knowledge cubicles, and participatory workshops for newly elected representatives, a brand new dialogical test was once born and formed. via reading those campaigns, this ebook emphasises the concept that governance is not only the enterprise of important (federal) governments but in addition of electorate outdoor the formal associations of governance, with out whose energetic participation democracy can't be deepened.
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Citizen Initiatives and Democratic Engagement: Experiences from India by Sumona DasGupta