One thing was blatantly apparent during the events of last week in Mumbai – the lack of dynamic and strong leaders. And as much as we might lament the state of our system and the lack of good leadership, we the citizens are also at fault. Though we complain at the drop of a hat about everything, we are largely apathetic and indifferent towards who we vote into power. Or many of us don’t even bother to vote.
Jaago Re is a bid to awaken the entire country, including the youth. To facilitate this “One Billion Votes” campaign on-ground, Tata Tea has tied up with Janaagraha, an NGO with a background in social awakening. With plans to create awareness in colleges and organizations in 35 cities across the nation, One Billion Votes will create a platform to help the people vote. The take away message of their on-ground and online campaign being, “If on Election day you’re not voting then you’re sleeping”.
Janaagraha is a non-profit organization that works with citizens and their governments to improve the quality of life in our cities and towns. It was founded in 2001 by Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan, working to address issues of urban governance. Janaagraha actively partners with institutions to leverage capacity and knowledge – India Urban Space, City Connect, PROOF (Public Record of Operations & Finance), and WISA (Ward Infrastructure and Services Assessment) – are partner programmes that address a range of urban issues from urban planning, transparency in governance, to infrastructure and services.
Click here to know more about Jaago Re. And please do pass the word around, write about it in your blogs, mail to to friends and make sure you participate! Today, we need to bring about change and it’s all in our hands.