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.
Second Constitutional Day Lecture by Usha Ramanathan -
"Sovereign, Citizen, Subject: An exploration of the
relationship between the people and the state" on 26th November, 2013.
Click here for an invitation.
Legislative Challenge 2013
Daksh is a non-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of democratic governance in India. Through this Legislation Drafting Challenge, we seek to encourage students to engage efficiently with obstacles to good governance and to cultivate a more participative approach to political processes. By laying emphasis on the aspect of problem-solving, we hope students will develop an analytical and critical bent of mind that is crucial to participation in a democracy. Click here for basic information.Click here for details about participation.
Daksh Survey 2012-13
Perceptions about Karnataka MLAs
We're back with an even larger, even more powerful set of inferences from our Dec. 2012 Survey of Karnataka MLAs. Click here for the highlights, some details, etc.
This time, we talked to 12,973 people in 224 Constituencies - in Oct. 2009, we talked to 7,880 people in 206 constituencies, so that's a real improvement! While there was no randomization of the selection of the respondents a priori, the demographics we collected and the number of responses we have give us the confidence that the numbers are very clearly representative of people's perceptions. Tell us what you think!