The unheard come in many avatars. Some of them are children. Some others are young people on the margins of society. Then, of course, there are the frontline workers. They all need a Manifesto of the Unheard.
The frontline workers have many names too. They are Ashas and Anagawadi workers. They are volunteers and community mobilizers. They are Rasoeas or the people who cook the mid-day meals for school children.
These are the people to whom we have delegated the core functions of the state and the society. While the salaries and perks go to others, these frontline struggle with ground realities. They are where the tyre meets the road. It is time we listened to them.
UP Goes to the Polls
Elections are coming. Three states will go to the polls soon. One of these states has population that equals Brazil. Only three other countries have as many people.
An election is the time when people matter and every vote counts.
- A children’s manifesto
- A manifesto of the youth in the margins of society
- A manifesto of the frontline workers
In each constituency will have at least one set of brainstorming exercises. All three groups–children, youth and frontline workers will take part.. The participants and volunteers will present the outcome to all parties and all candidates.
39 F, the Heart and Soul of the Manifesto of the Unheard
What would they brainstorm on? The heart and soul of the Manifesto of the Unheard is Article 39 F of the Constitution of India. This will be the basis of all brainstorming exercises.
What does article 39 F promise to the people of India?
- Protection from Economic abandonment
- Protection from Moral abandonment.
Article 39F of the Indian Constitution says it all. It covers the Convention of the Rights of Children.
At the brainstorm the participants will answer six questions on article 39 F?
Outcome each brainstorming exercise will be a constituency specific SOAR Report.
- What are the strengths of the current situation?
- What are the opportunities they see for the legislator, for the new Government
- What are the aspirations of the children/ youth and field level workers?
- What are the results they seek from the government and from their future legislator
A Force Trained Just for the Manifesto of the Unheard
Who will conduct these brainstorming sessions?
A volunteer force specifically trained for this purpose. The Bandhua Muktimorcha (BMM) http://www.swamiagnivesh.com/aboutbmm.htm
.a thirty year old network against child slavery have agreed to provide the brainstormers.
There will be 18 training session. On average 30 will attend each session.
Bandhua Mukti Morcha requires support
for 18 training sessions,
three press and media conferences and
Dissemination covers sharing the outcome. We will distribute printed copies in Hindi and English with each of the candidates.
Outcomes of all brainstorming sessions will be there on the social media.
Operating Manifesto Center at Megh Mela in Allahabad
At the Magh Mela in Allahabad, we will operate a Maghmela centre which will include display of Article 39 of the Constitution, display of Manifesto drafts already prepared and even opportunities for people to contribute new ideas to the manifesto. At the Guru Sanghat the Guru will be making Pravachans based on the Manifesto process.
Manifesto of the Unheard– A 5 Years Engagement Tool
Children, youth and frontliners will meet and engage with every candidate. BMM volunteers will make it happen in every constituency. They will hand over the Manifesto of the Unheard to all candidates. They discuss future strategies once a candidate becomes the legislator.
The concerns and outcomes of these vulnerable groups will start pouring in. This will happen as the parties get down to writing their own manifestoes.
We will get an excellent tool to engage with candidates. In the process we educate political parties.
Bandhua Mukti Morcha and the Listener’s Institute will start a media and social media campaign from Day 1. The idea is to keep the concerns of the Unheard in the news. Candidates who articulate their support will get special attention in the media.
Every candidate will be approached . Volunteers will take not of the commitments for future reference.