The following article from the Washington Post uses surprisingly strong language to describe the trends toward participatory democracy taking root in new Delhi, India. "Citizen revolution" and "people power" are direct quotes that demonstrate the depth of commitment people feel for the reformed system which allows their participation. Bhagidari, the Hindu word for partnership, is a popular New Delhi City government initiative that empowers constituents to demand answers from officials they view as corrupt. The article gives more detail, click the following headline.
Promoting Bhagidari is not a brand-new thing. Even back in 2000 Sheila Dixit was hard at work getting it started. This next article comes straight from New Delhi. Click on the headline:
Promoting cooperation between the government and the people has been a great step in the right direction, but Bhagidari could be undone by the government that follows in the next elections. This threat should be confronted by the citizens who are participating through demands for candidates who will uphold the policy and continue to foster citizen participation. One example of citizen participation in demanding government reform comes from the Indian struggle to maintain the Right to Information movement. The following interview with one leader describes the process of struggle and unity: