One of the popular definitions of the democracy is that it is a governance of the people, for the people and by the people. By accepting these principles, India embraced democracy 62 years back. After so many years of the practice, has it got success is matter of large debate. But the very basic agenda which was to make the life of common subject more livable and easy is still not fully achieved.
Our democracy has a structure in which common man comes at the bottom of the pyramid, whatever may be the houses. Above which comes MPs, MLAs, Sarpanchs or other respective Representatives. At the top comes the House which may be Parliament, Legislative assembly or other houses depending upon the power of the house. The only institution where representative can be directly and without much difficulty accessed is Panchyat.
People are in the lower most stage of the process. The ground reality is that the people hardly get to interact with their representatives. The representatives are so awfully busy (mostly in their personal work) that they hardly get the necessary time for the interaction. Picture becomes opposite when the election comes. Luckily this is not the case with the Panchayats. Very recently, The Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejeriwal along with Anna Hazare raised the voice against the sorry state of affairs evolved out of the grass root corruption in the country. They demonstrated with Hunger strike, blasphemed slogans and what not. To the misery of the government, people participated in huge numbers. It is very unlikely that all of them related to the same subject although we have been victim of corruption somewhere in our lifetime at least once. There was more to it than just corruption. It was mostly because of not getting the platform to put up their opinion, their direct representation that they exploded on to the opportunity. They expressed their boiling blood and frustration against the government. Same was the case with the ‘Nirbhaya Rape Scandal’.
Many fellows may disagree here. It may be asserted that Print media and TV media is successful in putting up the public opinion. The media is absolutely successful in exposing issues, say Scams, but they do not represent the public opinion, do they? Many times people want an altogether different approach than what media suggests. But the newspapers and TV channels conduct the polls which are very effective tools. It indicates national mood. But it has very limited nature. People need a WALL, a platform to write on directly.
There is a government run body which conducts surveys in the country. This data is very valuable in designing the policies for the people. What they actually do is to note down the results of an experiment conducted by the government somewhere in the past. Here we can have an institution similar to Election Commission of India or the surveying body which will register the real-time responses of the people on various issues. It will generate the nation’s real-time feedback to a particular experiment, issue or a scheme.
Imagine a situation where a dedicated grass root 10×15 sq ft office has work of only noting the responses at every major square and the response linked to the Aadhar Card of people. Out of 130 Crore junta even if we get 60% reports their responses, the data obtained will be as valuable as gold. For example, the NREGA can be more successful if the real-time public opinion is taken into consideration. If the idea is worked upon, it may bring wonders to this great democracy. What you say?