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Jantar Mantar Voices

Democracy in Action: An example of ordinary citizens being able to voice their concerns

By Dinesh Wagle
Read the article as it appeared on today’s OP-ED page of the Kathmandu Post

If you wish to see the great Indian democracy in action, go to a place called Jantar Mantar, near the Parliament House in New Delhi, where centuries ago a king had installed some planetary observation platforms. From these observatories today, during the day time, one can see not the stars but people from across India and beyond shouting slogans, rallying and screaming against (or for) the government and institutions and staging sit-ins or fasts advocating varieties of causes and condemning many of the evils in the world. Continue reading