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I, the CitizenUnraveling the Power of Citizen Engagement$
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R. Balasubramaniam

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713514

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713514.001.0001

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Citizen engagement and the fight against corruption

Citizen engagement and the fight against corruption

(p.145) Citizen engagement and the fight against corruption
I, the Citizen

Dr. R Balasubramaniam

M N Venkatachaliah

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the civil society movement against corruption in India. India's post-independence history is dotted with many civil society movements — for rights, for justice, for inclusion and for civil liberties, and quite notably the resistance against imposition of Emergency Rule in the mid-seventies. Though these movements found support from students, activists and others, they were built on the participation of people who were directly affected or leaders with distinct political leanings. The year 2011 was a momentous one in that a section of the society, hitherto reticent about participation in public action took to the streets in a popular movement against corruption. At its peak, the campaign had a singular focus of having a legislation against corruption passed by the Parliament of India. Despite its flaws, the movement against corruption has undeniably changed the political landscape of India in its wake and aftermath.

Keywords:   civil society movements, corruption, India, public action, Parliament of India, activists

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