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28th December 2023 (9 Topics)

The problem with India’s public – and their leaders

Context:

Centralized promises neglect core issues. Water management reflects lack of regional expertise, citizen science, and education.

Limited Focus

  • Ignored Issues: Recent state elections focused on populist promises, neglecting critical issues like water, education, and healthcare.
  • Neglect vs. problems: Politicians prioritize easily deliverable promises, undermining attention to complex developmental challenges.
  • Core problems: The narrow electoral discourse hampers addressing pressing issues essential for sustainable and holistic development.

Centralized Approach in Water Management

  • The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) exemplifies a top-down, centralized approach to drinking water supply.
  • Local dynamics: It requires regional expertise, but the Delhi-driven one-size-fits-all blueprint impedes effective implementation.
  • Lack of customization in governance strategies hinders the success of water management initiatives at the grassroots level.

Lack of Citizen Science and Intellectual Capacity

  • Deficiency in citizen science and intellectual capacity hampers communities from articulating their development needs effectively.
  • Educational shortcomings and a dearth of regional knowledge exacerbate governance challenges, hindering sustainable development.
  • Way forward: The absence of a scientifically informed citizenry impedes effective grassroots studies, impacting other critical areas.
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