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Your Voice - Your Issues

Your Voice - Your Issues


The role of an active civil society in forming public opinion and effective public policy interventions is well established. Your Issues, Your Voice is an attempt to tap into the knowledge resource of you, the voting public and use your emotions, thoughts and ideas to create consensus for action. I will ask you questions on this forum through our ‘Poll’, give my views on issues of contemporary relevance through the interactive blog and ask for your inputs every step of the way. I want you to stand up and get counted, give your aspirations an expression, reach out and connect.


Your Voice - Your Issues
05 October 2012

“Be the Change You Want to See”: the power of the individual

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Written by Saanya Gulati

“Be the Change You Want to See”: the power of the individual

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The discourse on political and social change is often viewed through the lens of policies and legislations, commonly known as a “top-down” perspective.

The bottom-up perspective, however,deserves as much, if not more, importance in a nation like ours where we tend to believe our strength lies in ournumbers. The occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of an individual who believed so strongly in bottom up politics, is perhaps all the more a befitting occasion to pay a tribute to the strength of civil society and individuals.More importantly,it’s a time for each one of us to acknowledge and realize our own powerful roles as individuals.

Examples from history have taught us of the infinite power that individuals have had in transforming society. Such is true of our own independence, from the struggle of our freedom fighters, including the father of our nation himself. Similarly individuals like Nelson Mandela fought for the apartheid movement in South Africa and Rosa Parks for the equality of blacks and whites in the United States.

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Your Voice - Your Issues
29 August 2012

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Time For Change

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Written by Mr Ravi Kumar Raghuvanshi

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: Time For Change

“The constitution is good; it will fail only because those who operate it would have let it fail”- B.R. Ambedkar”

Occasionally circumstances arises that serves to remind us that courts in this Country are established under the constitution to meet the needs of the public rather than needs of lawyers, judges and court personnel. Such a moment has arrived in India.

In Indian democracy that is governed by Rule of law under a written Constitution, judiciary as a third-pillar is the sentinel to protect the rights of the citizens and to poise the scales of justice. When a Citizen approaches a Court of law for justice, it is not as if justice can be granted then and there within seconds. The judicial process can never be instantaneous, it will always take time, but it has to be reasonable one. Unfortunately, today the wheels of justice have become dawdling & time-consuming and we have reached to a position, where courts take not only months but years and even decades to decide cases, till then the denial of justice continues.

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