As elections draw nearer, it is more important than ever to understand the way the Lok Sabha functions and what our Members of Parliament are expected to do. Only then can we assess their performance and who may be the best choice, writes R Balasubramaniam.
The State and society must understand that
only when we facilitate and provide safety nets and ladders can people in desperate economic conditions
hope to get out of the poverty trap, writes
The government distributes rice and wheat to tribals through the PDS, unmindful of their diet and its cultural links.
This gives them food security, but takes away their autonomous lives, writes
Community engagement should be born out of respect for the participating community members and their capacities rather than as tokenism needed to fulfill a program requirement, writes R Balasubramaniam.
Dr Ramaswami Balasubramaniam is the founder of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, , a development institution engaged in a grass-roots approach to improvements in sectors such as health, education, and community development. He is also the founder of Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement, which researches issues faced by communities, translates those into academic research questions for scholars to undertake empirically, and then advocates the research outcomes to ensure relevant and sound public policy