Interactive Discussion on "Bridging the Trust Deficit: Perform or Perish”

L to R: Mr Rajeshwar Dyal (FES), Justice Rajinder Sachar, Mr Ramesh Chandran (GPPI-CPR)

In our final discussion for the 15th Lok Sabha session--GPPI-CPR and FES organised a roundtable that addressed several issues under the broad theme "Bridging the Trust Deficit: Perform or Perish”, that have a direct relevance with the upcoming 16th general elections in April-May 2014. 

Justice Rajinder Sachar, former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court presided over the discussion. Justice Sachar is a former member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Human Rights and chaired the Sachar Committee that submitted a much debated report on the social, economic and educational status of Muslims in India. The participants included 17 mulit-party members of Parliament cutting across party lines such as Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Mr. Piyush Goyal, Mr. H. K. Dua, Mr. Shantaram Naik, Ms. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Mr. P D Rai, Mr. Madhu Goud Yaskhi, Mr. Jayaprakash Hegde ad Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal among others.

The discussion centred around a number of issues related to the upcoming general elections with emphasis on governance and the relevance and impact of regional parties. The discussion also provided insights about related issues such as the argument over "populist anarchy” and can it be a substitute for governance and how relevant is agitational politics in India today?