Introduction - Eternal Vigilance
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What is Eternal Vigilance?
Aware Citizenship continues with demanding accountability
Becoming politically aware is about two parts – intelligent voting and demanding accountability.
Of course voting alone will not solve all the problems. We need to monitor and demand performance against promises and it is increasingly possible to do so according to our interest and ability.
There exist many NGOs and civil society movements that represent, persuade and when necessary demand political action on our behalf. One cannot undermine the role of these forums in important developments in various areas from human rights, children education, and social welfare to environment and more recently in landmark developments like Right to Information Act and the upcoming Lokpal Bill.
Whether your interest be political or purely social, this approach applies to all areas of interest. With the support of your voice these organizations can work with government to ensure policy formulation and implementation to give your cause the attention it deserves. All in all, this elevates the nature of political debate, which is good for the objective of good politics. You can start with something as basic as making a small regular donation or by being subscribed to a group of your choice on Facebook or Twitter. So do not believe that you can only do very little. Research and pick a cause to lend it your support - it does make a difference!
Even with all these focus groups, we must acknowledge that all such changes are possible only within the political process of creating laws and then enforcing them. Despite all public movements, the need for a conscientious and capable politician will remain. It is with this objective in mind that Loksatta has embarked on raising the bar of political debate at the mass level and we need your help and awareness.
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