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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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Prioritise Fire Safety demand by Beyond Carlton to the Political Parties of Karnataka

As the Karnataka state goes to elections in next few months, we must ensure our wants and needs for Bengaluru city should communicate to the political parties seeking our votes. We often miss out on talking beyond essential public goods in our needs; fire safety is never seen as a major concern. The need to bring this to the notice [...]

By |2018-02-14T13:50:06+05:30February 14th, 2018|Categories: B.SAFE, Elections, Making Bengaluru Better, Policy|0 Comments

Application of the ‘Kingdon Policy Window Model’ to Bengaluru city’s illegal flex banner/poster menace

Introduction: John Wells Kingdon is Professor Emeritus and was Acting Chair of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Kingdon is a specialist in American politics, and has written influential books such as “Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies.” What is the Kingdon's Policy Window Model? In his book Agendas, alternatives and public policies Kingdon proposed that for an issue to get on [...]

By |2017-11-29T17:35:37+05:30November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Policy|0 Comments