Talk at UN

One of our participants in this round table insisted on participation of people at grassroots in governance. I want to build on that. I want to insist that we take steps to institutionalize participation of people in governance.

We need to build structures for that. People are the ultimate stakeholders in governance. And they are very much interested to help improve governance if only they can. Without people being given scope to involve effectively in governance, no other measure will ensure good governance adequately and on sustained basis. This is especially so in developing countries where, for example, even well-meaning political leadership often ends up in corruption to keep getting the support of various power cliques .... More....

Where People Are in Governance and Eradicate Poverty

"Can poverty be eradicated in India?" We addressed ourselves to this question in a symposium conducted by Health Action, the monthly magazine of Catholic Health Association of India.

The symposium was held in Secunderabad in 1996, in preparation for the special 100th issue of the magazine, under the title, "Poverty: the Ruthless Killer". It was inaugurated by the late Mr. Krishna Kant, who was then the Governor of Andhra Pradesh who later became the Vice-President of India. The participants were experts and scholars from some of the leading institutions of the country, who have been specializing on the subject. What did these specialists have to say in response to our question?

"Poverty is very much eradicable" they said. "Not only that; it should have been eradicated long time back. We had everything required to eradicate it". More....

America Was Not ...

Question: The video (Manufacturing Consent) mentions that 20 percent of the population that goes to college and holds important positions within the capitalist democracy, these are the sections of the population that need to be brainwashed under freedom. Do your books address this 20 percent of the population, trying to strip them of their illusions, or whom are you addressing? More....

Governance from Below

Dear friends,

I want to focus on just one point: Give the reins of governance to the hands of people. And give it effectively.

People themselves are the reason, the legitimating source and the ultimate stakeholders in governance. More....

Neighbourhood Parliaments and Governance by People

The much-touted word, participation, is fast loosing its glamour among social change agents. True, the concept had its heyday. In a world where only a few people determined the destiny of the world and where a vast majority of people felt alienated, socially, economically and in various other ways, the concept of a world where everybody is an equal partner in decisions that affect one, held its appeal. More....

Neighbourhood Parliaments & Networks

What is the way out?

The option would be to make the parliaments small and accessible to small people. Something along the lines of what Mr. M.P.Parameswaran of Kerela Shasthra Sahitya Parishat proposes as a new election system. Let me explain his proposal in detail adding some of my own mix.

For him, we should begin the election at the level of neighbourhood parliaments of not more than eighty voters: Those elected should form the village parliaments; and village parliaments elect the panchayat parliament, and they in turn elect the block parliament, and this way come about District parliaments, State parliaments, and National parliament. More....

Participating People

A deeper look into the why and how of participation as aimed at by neighbourhood community networks. This write-up is based on actual sessions at grassroots neighbourhood communities in Kanyakumari District. More....

Peace Building

Dear friend,

We are just looking for some friends who would vibe with us and support us in a slightly different type of peace-building that we are promoting through our organization.

We believe, in addition to various other approaches for peace-building, say in terms of building attitudes and skills for peace, we should also build structures for peace.

The structures we propose are different. Not the type of organisations where a few work for the peace of all, like NGOs and other civil society forums, but structures that will enable everybody, especially those at grassroots, to participate in a process that leads to peace.

Our proposal is to build what would turn out to neighbourhood peace parliaments.

We want to organize people into neighbourhood parliaments of about thirty families each and federate these neighbourhood parliaments through representative structures at various levels

Ultimately we should have a global multi-tier federation of such neighbourhood parliaments guided by principles of

  1. smallness of size (of parliaments at every level) .
  2. numerical uniformity (as regards representation at these levels) .
  3. subsidiarity.
  4. scope to recall (elected representatives at any time) and .
  5. convergence.
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Guruji & NP

Guruji Rishi Prabhakar of Sidha Samadhi Yoga (SSY) and Neighbourhood Parliaments

A greater movement than the freedom movement is slowly unfolding itself in the nation. But as we see only the individual strokes we cannot see the larger picture being painted. M.J. Edwin is one more person in this picture. During the time of the Hindu Muslim riots in December 1992, Poojya Guruji* was moving towards Delhi to visit each important religious head. It is at this time he heard of the great work being done by Father in the form of Neighbourhood Community Network, at Nagercoil in Tamilnadu. Poojya Guruji saw the immense potential of the program and invited Father to join at Delhi. Father Edwin who had never met Guruji before joined forces with him to meet many important personalities and explained to them that working together at the street level was the answer to living together in harmony and a way of solving many issues at the root level. This will prevent issues from flaring up as had happened in then situation. One VIP questioned as to who will make all this happen? But the fact remains when a great visionary sees the possibilities, he does not start with a how as the ordinary man does, but he simply knows it will happen. Such Neighbourhood Communities are today already working in many places in Chennai, Mumbai and mushrooming very fast at other places. Father has infused even children and women to take part. He can be consulted ...

M.J. Edwin Mobile 9442648224 / 04652 278223

Networking neighbourhoods is very important, for interaction amongst residents is the answer to living life successfully at the micro level and this alone can solve many issues, rather than wait for the macro level to solve issues for the common man. (Taken from Rishi Vani, official organ of SSY, August 2005 Issue No.10 Volume 6) Poojya Guruji* means venerable master

Neighbourhood Parliaments as the Integral Solution

Grassroots Participatory Communities and Networks

The Predicaments
  1. Among the predicaments in the modern socio-economic and political scene we note the following:
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