WELCOME, THE INDIAN CITIZEN
How well is Indian democracy working? How are our elected representatives performing to make our democracy and governance work? Are we citizens, as the owners of the Republic of India, monitoring the performance of our representatives?
DAKSH is a movement to bring together three aspects of socio-political life:
- Politics and the people who engage in that arena,
- people's Perceptions of their elected politicians and development in their constituency, and
- Participation by people to bring about better accountability and governance.
Put these together and you can ask - and, hopefully, answer - some interesting questions: for example, does a Representative's background affect people's perceptions of him/her? Are people's perceptions of their own socio-economic well-being anywhere in line with what Governments declare, particularly through their Human Development Indicators? Does political background affect local progress? We can go on...
We don't know the answers and may never know them. But asking the questions will hopefully make our democratic system function that much better and will help bring in a measure of accountability!
Daksh's operational objectives are to:
- Track performance of elected governments and representatives by collecting relevant information on a regular basis
- Collect and present detailed, query-friendly background information about people in politics
- Elicit and present the perceptions of citizens at a local level
- Present human development indicators at the most important unit of political activity- the constituency
- Promote active citizen participation to ensure accountability in politics and governance.
Come help in improving democratic governance in India. Register and take a look at some of the data we have. Share your thoughts about Indian politics. And help grow the unique brand of democracy that India is.
Announcement of Legislation Drafting Challenge 2013 Results
Through this contest, we aimed at encouraging students to engage efficiently with obstacles of good governance by drafting legislation in the areas requiring reforms. Click here for basic information on the contest. Teams from across the country took part in the contest.
P.Promoth, Akhil Kang and Amulya Purushotama from the fourth year of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad have won the first prize. Akanksha Sharma, Sukarma Thapa, Ashish Saraswat and Bhavna Bhasin from the fourth year of Amity Law School, New Delhi have won the second and Anirudha Jain & Krishna Vohra from the fourth year of Devi Ahilya University, Indore have won the third prize.
The winners will be awarded cash prizes of Rs. 10,000, Rs 7,500 and Rs 5,000 by Daksh and law books by Eastern Book Company and SCC Online.
Prof. A.R.Vasavi wins Infosys Prize
A. R. Vasavi, a core member of Daksh, wins the 2013 award for her distinctive and pioneering research in areas concerning agrarian society, school education, globalization among others.
Daksh-ADR Voters Survey 2014
Daksh is currently conducting a Nation-wide in-field survey about people's perceptions about their MPs. We're talking to nearly 2.5 lakh people in nearly 10,000 locations, in over 500 MP constituencies, in stratified locations, with randomized respondents. Our English survey form (OMR version) looks like this, while our Hindi form (non-OMR) looks like this. Results should start showing up here by end-Feb. 2014.
Daksh Survey 2012-13
Perceptions about Karnataka MLAs
This time, we surveyed 12,973 respondents in 224 Constituencies while in Oct. 2009, we talked to 7,880 people in 206 constituencies, so that's a real improvement!
Second Constitutional Day Lecture by Usha Ramanathan -
"Sovereign, Citizen, Subject: An exploration of the relationship between the people and the state" was held on 26th November, 2013.
Click here for an invitation.