1st Edition

Claiming India from Below
Activism and democratic transformation

Edited By

Vipul Mudgal

ISBN 9780815395843
Published December 8, 2017 by Routledge India
352 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Going beyond electoral politics and government, this volume broadens the scope of the functioning of democracy in India, and explores citizens’ role in the implementation of public policy. It looks at the ways in which extra-parliamentary power monitoring devices such as public institutions, citizens’ associations or assemblies, and the mainstream and emerging forms of the media, permeate through the political order. The volume:

• brings participation and communication in governance and policy making to the centrestage;

• examines case studies of state and citizen engagement from across India; and

• presents perspectives of practitioners, activists and scholars to provide a comprehensive view of the debates surrounding the idea of Indian democracy.

This book will be useful to scholars and researchers in politics, political science, media studies, public administration, sociology and social anthropology, as well as the interested general reader.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Citizenship and Democratic Participation Vipul Mudgal Part I Voices from Below—Field Notes from India Unheard 1. Finding Voice, Visibility and Dignity for Seasonal Migrant Workers in Tribal Regions of Western India: Experiences of Aajeevika Bureau Amrita Sharma and Rajiv Khandelwal 2. From Parliament to Courtyard: Bringing Rights Home in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Sowmya Kidambi and Akansha Yadav 3. Traversing Jungle Mahal Field notes on Democracy and Development in Santhal regions of Bihar and West Bengal Arindam Banerjee and Animesh Ghosh 4. PESA, the impasse of the legislative process: Democracy and challenges of Participation in Central Indian Tribal regions Ajay Dandekar 5. Strengthening Adivasis’ Democratic Rights over Natural Resources: Gram Sabhas and community management of resources in Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand Felix Padel 6. Politics, participation and Political Clout among Urban Poor: a study of Delhi Slum Sanjay Kumar 7. Schooling in India: Democratization or Reproduction of Structured Inequalities? Sanjeer Alam Part II Alternatives from Below: Participation for Transformation 8. Where is Citizenship in Development Communication? A Case for Deepening Democracy through Rights-Based participation Vipul Mudgal 9. Re-Imagining Spectrum as a Commons Resource Ram Bhatt 10. Using Community Radio for Establishing Last Mile Connect: Exploring the Possible role of Community Radio in Disaster Devi Leena Bose and Susan Koshy 11. Three -Isms: Evolving Sensory and Emotional Infrastructures to Counteract Disability Discrimination Hemachandran Karah 12. Mobilizing Community for Better Teaching and Learning Outcomes: Field Experiments in Rural Schools Rukmini Banerji 13. Negotiating Spaces: Reversing historical approaches to reforming financial services to low-income households Mathew Titus 14. Role of Activity Mapping in Democratic Good Governance Vincy Davis Part III Politics from Below— Activism for Interventions 15. Determining destinies: building transparency and accountability through citizen involvement Aruna Roy 16. Rights based activism, engaging the state and leveraging the markets: Possibilities of Social Transformation Mihir Shah 17. Clean Elections are Doable Through Participation and Intervention: Civil Society, Indian Elections and Democracy Today Trilochan Sastry 18. Initiatives and Referendums: The Next Step in Indian Democracy Atishi Marlena, Prashant Bhushan and Reena Gupta

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Vipul Mudgal works on the intersections of media, democracy and political violence. He has a doctorate in Media Studies from Leicester University and is a recipient of the Nehru Centenary British Fellowship and Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center, Hawaii. He heads Inclusive Media for Change, a clearing house of ideas on development alternatives at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, where he concluded his Visiting Senior Fellowship in October 2014. In March 2015, he joined Common Cause, known for its high-impact interventions in policy and governance, as director and chief executive.