ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By A R Vasavi

Beyond Corruption in Mining: A Derailed Democracy

The revelations of the Karnataka Lokayukta report are symptomatic of a larger story that goes beyond corruption in high places. There has been a neglect of state institutions and decisions by the executive are taken not under consultation with the assembly but as decreed by a new religious math-temple-resort complex that has come to wield power and influence. Democratic processes have been sidelined and people's movements have been corrupted. The uneven growth of the state economy that has accompanied these processes holds out the danger of Karnataka becoming a land of deep inhumanity.

Reviewing the Performance of the Government of Karnataka

To understand people's perceptions about the functioning of their representatives in the legislature, DAKSH, a civil society organisation in Karnataka, conducted a survey in October and November 2009 across 218 legislative assembly constituencies. The results from the survey reflect a stark gap between people's expectations and their perceptions of the performances of the representatives. A summary of the report.

Political 'Darshan' as Development in Karnataka

From its position as a middle ranking state, Karnataka now competes to be emblematic of globalising India. The state's development trajectory is beset with many unaddressed tensions. The current dispensation in the state has discovered a new form of statecraft - political 'darshan' - in the form of instant development, mass counselling and public spiritualism.

Caste Indignities and Subjected Personhoods

Recent debates on caste-based reservations have called attention to the need to fine-tune the process of selection of candidates but have overlooked the deeper problems that confront the average scheduled caste person. Socialisation patterns, sanskritisation, experiences in the public sphere and the educational institutions compound the subjection of dalit personhoods, leading to the loss of agency, orientation and sense of self-worth. Recognising this is imperative for the public and for all institutions so as to enable, integrate and scaffold the talents, skills and worth of scheduled community members.