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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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An unending movement

An unending movement

(p.241) An unending movement
I, the Citizen

Dr. R Balasubramaniam

M N Venkatachaliah

Cornell University Press

This chapter reflects on the development journey of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), which is dotted with actions and interventions that have gone beyond addressing local issues to setting precedence, engaging communities in ways hitherto unexplored, and helping evolve new perspectives of how the voice of the communities can find more scope and space in the development paradigm. At a personal level as well, there have been defining moments in the author's journey of development activism, institution building, leadership training, writing, and policy advocacy that have helped grow and evolve a worldview. Every one of those moments, the people behind them, and the accompanying reflections and realizations have taught the author more about the world and engagement with it in an ever-maturing manner. The chapter then delves into some handpicked milestones and explores how citizen engagement has rendered them meaningful and impactful while being an unending movement itself.

Keywords:   development, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, communities, development activism, policy advocacy, citizen engagement, institution building, leadership training

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