At Wah Sarkar no chance is wasted to ridicule and mock our government for their inadequacies. However we would be overjoyed if some of our work could help increase awareness about relevant issues. There are many resources available on the internet to help make our entire democratic setup more participatory. We have listed a few of these here:
1. Election Commission of India – ECI has a fairly detailed website which covers rules, notices and statistics pertinent to elections in India. They also have links to the portals of State Chief Electoral Officers. Explore the portal and you will definitely find something interesting.
2. Jaago Re – In case you have not managed to get on the voting list of your constituency, this is a good place to start. The website provides an interesting interface to get you on your way. In case you need more convincing, watch some of the celebrity videos uploaded here.
3. MyNeta – Every candidate who contests elections in India submits background details on an affidavit. These details include financial assets, educational background and criminal records. Visit this site to find out anything from whether your MLA is a murderer to the number of cows owned by your favorite candidate.
4. PRS – For those of you interested in understanding the various bills that float around in our parliament, visit this website. There is a simplified version of most bills available here. There are also features to gain information regarding the performance of parliamentarians.
5.India Against Corruption – Anna Hazare’s organization. While we feel that IAC has majorly added to the hot-air and rhetoric flowing in the political environment, there is no denying that the organization has managed to create unprecedented awareness about certain issues. All that seems to have resulted from IAC is another political party!
6. News Laundry – This website is run by a bunch of journalists looking to present unbiased coverage of various issues without the influence of political parties or corporate houses. While some of the articles/interviews are self-indulgent, there is plenty of content that is extremely interesting especially some of the video interviews. NL also makes an effort to act as a watchdog for journalism in India.
7. PARI – The People’s Rural Archive of India. The other India. The one where decisions by the government don’t show up on Facebook discussions with emojis but instead fundamentally define the lives led by millions of Indians. PARI is an archive full of video/photo/audio stories. The website focuses on documenting the true diversity across the country.
8. Satish Acharya Cartoons – India’s best political cartoonist. He’s probably the current generation’s RK Laxman (though very different in style). In our times, where we have very limited attention spans, Acahrya’s cartoons consistently deliver news with nuances that are best captured graphically. Sometimes one cartoon conveys what a thousand words could not.
Disclaimer: Wah Sarkar has no affiliation or connection to any organization mentioned on this page.