How Can Citizens Decide Electoral Agendas?

Hosted by Chirag Chinnappa 
Edited by Malavika VN 

In recent years, elections across India at the central or state levels, have largely seen issues like immigration, religion and national security take centre stage. But there have also been instances of parties fighting on development mandates; for example, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made public education reform a key part of both their election campaigns so far. Similarly, in its recent electoral success in Tamil Nadu, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) had education concerns at the core of its campaign.

But still, such examples are few and far in between. Can citizens change the narratives of these campaigns to focus on human development indicators like education, health or the environment? What will it take to do so? In conversation with Chirag Chinnappa, Tara Krishnaswamy, co-founder of Citizens for Bengaluru and co-founder of Shakti, explains.


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