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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 towards making democracy work

Citizen engagement towards making democracy work

(p.177) Citizen engagement towards making democracy work
I, the Citizen

Dr. R Balasubramaniam

M N Venkatachaliah

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores experiences and reflections of having engaged with citizens towards ensuring greater and responsible participation in the electoral processes before and during elections at different levels. In 2013 and 2014, these efforts took shape of a formal campaign in and around Mysuru in India, but received recognition and appreciation in forums across the country. Making participatory democracy work is in the hands of citizens, and exercising their electoral franchise is the first step towards this. A ‘vote’ in the world's largest democracy is however a complex phenomenon given how it is sought, and how people respond to it. Collectively, people ought to put an end to unhealthy trends in the Indian electorate by voting responsibly, by being politically more conscious, by demanding accountability, by participating, or by resisting.

Keywords:   citizen engagement, electoral processes, elections, Mysuru, participatory democracy, electoral franchise, vote, Indian electorate

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