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The Future of Youth Vote in India

India’s 2019 General Elections has recently concluded, and the country has experienced its highest voter turnout in decades. Of these, the votes of the ‘youth’ (which can be loosely defined as those between the ages of 18 and 25) have played a significant part in shaping the outcome of the election.  With a median age of 29, India is [...]

Property Tax Collection in Bengaluru

Property Tax is arguably the most important source of revenue for local municipal bodies. It is the only major source of revenue for such governing bodies and the only one which has the potential to grow as the city grows as well. The justification for charging a hefty property tax is based on two reasons. First, one pays property tax [...]

By |2019-07-22T15:01:46+05:30July 17th, 2019|Categories: B.PAC, B.PROUD, Making Bengaluru Better, Participatory Democracy Program|0 Comments

BBMP Ward Committees

Ward Committees are an effective concept for citizen engagement at the Ward level and critical to our local self-governance in the municipalities. They help in the decentralization of functions and provide better supervision for Ward governance. Composition and functions of a Ward Committee are outlined in the 74th Constitutional amendment to ensure that there is equal representation for all sections [...]

She the Law-Maker

Millions of Women Elected Representatives in Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) since 1993, yet we have fewer Women in Assemblies and Parliament, while many men who were Elected in Panchayat or ULBs have made it to the Assemblies and Parliament, the Women are left far behind, making it a fit case to analyze why the women reservation is actually [...]

By |2018-12-21T16:45:50+05:30December 21st, 2018|Categories: B.CLIP, Elections, Participatory Democracy Program, Politics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Common Minimum Program – keeping the interest of the citizens in a coalition government

May 2018 elections to the Karnataka State Assembly threw up a hung house with no single political party able to garner majority mark. The situation lead to the formation of a government by two political parties, Indian National Congress and Janata Dal (S), without any pre-poll alliance, and who had fought the electoral battle bitterly. During the election campaigning, each [...]

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike – Past, Present and Future

Background Constitution of India has made detailed provisions for ensuring the protection of democracy in Parliament and in State Legislatures. But it did not provide adequate powers for the local self-government/ governance leading to democracy not being stable in municipal governance. 74th Amendment of the Constitution   The Bill as reported by the Joint Parliamentary Committee was taken up for [...]

By |2019-02-16T16:37:11+05:30August 20th, 2018|Categories: Participatory Democracy Program, Policy, Politics|0 Comments

Electronic Voting Machine [EVM] and VVPAT [Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail]

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional authority responsible for the conduction of free and fair elections in our country. Article 324 of the Constitution vests in the Election Commission the superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to Parliament and to the Legislature of every State [...]

Simultaneous Elections in India

Twenty Nine States and Seven Union territories of India have an elected government, going to polls approximately once in five years. About five to seven  State Assemblies/UTs on an average, come up for elections, every year, often spread through the months. Given the resources needed to conduct such frequent elections and the load on the governance thereof, many stakeholders have [...]

By |2018-02-23T15:54:31+05:30February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Elections, Participatory Democracy Program, Politics|0 Comments

Reforming Political Donations in India

Elections, in general, come with a cost, to state exchequer political parties and candidates. Election Commission of India spends a lot of money to conduct free and fair elections to safeguard our democracy. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections alone, INR 3,426 Cr was spent by the government, a substantial increase from the 2009 Lok Sabha Elections, INR 1,483 Cr [...]

By |2018-02-20T20:09:57+05:30February 20th, 2018|Categories: Elections, Participatory Democracy Program, Politics|0 Comments

ಯುವಜನರ ಮತದಾನವು ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ

ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತದಾನ ಹಾಗೂ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಒಂದೇ ನಾಣ್ಯದ ಎರಡು ಮುಖಗಳಿದ್ದಂತೆ. ಮತದಾನವು ರಾಜಕೀಯ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸುವುದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಂವಿಧಾನ ನೀಡಿರುವ ಒಂದು ಬಲವಾದ ಅಸ್ತ್ರ. ಸಮಾಜದಲ್ಲಿ ಏನೇ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ತರಬೇಕೆಂದರು ಮುಕ್ತ ಮತದಾನದಿಂದ ಮಾತ್ರ ಸಾಧ್ಯ, ಸಂವಿಧಾನವು ಹೇಳುವ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳಿಂದ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯಾದ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಜನರ ಆಶೋತ್ತರಗಳಂತೆಯೇ ನಡೆಯಬೇಕು. ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಸರಕಾರವನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸುವ ಮತ್ತು ಅಧಿಕಾರದಿಂದ ಕೆಳಗಿಸುವ ಹಕ್ಕನ್ನು ಮತದಾನವು ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಜನಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯು ಸುಮಾರು ಆರು ಕೋಟಿ ಇದೆ, ಇವರಲ್ಲಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಚುನಾವಣಾ ಆಯೋಗ 2018ರ ಪರಿಕ್ಷøತ ಮತದಾರರ ಕರಡು ಪ್ರತಿಯ ಪ್ರಕಾರ [...]

By |2018-02-14T15:06:45+05:30February 12th, 2018|Categories: B.CLIP, B.PAC, Elections, Making Bengaluru Better, Participatory Democracy Program|0 Comments