(Paperback | ISBN 9789388326988 | 192 pp | 2019)
Did you know that:
• Flawed policies—in the economy, in governance and in legislation—are the biggest reason why India, despite its demographic advantage, lags behind in many indices of growth and progress
• Draft policies are routinely put up in the public domain for citizens’ feedback, yet receive very little response
• Policies, even after they are ratified, can always be contested and changed if they don’t suit the country through various means
• We can always get in touch with our political representatives, at the district, state and national levels, and offer our suggestions on the policies which affect us, but we rarely do so
Your Vote Is Not Enough covers a diverse range of issues—from agriculture, the economy, defence, retail and job markets to technology, governance and administration, among others—to demonstrate how a lack of engagement on our part as citizens has led to the many problems which plague these sectors. And even as it points this out, the book also provides practical and concrete solutions. These innovative solutions range from the systemic to the technological—a self-sustaining district-level agency to facilitate and encourage entrepreneurship across India; a mobile application which will serve not only as a database for the unorganized labour force of the country but also connect them with prospective employers; and a plan to completely transform the bureaucratic culture to make it more citizen friendly and performance driven.
Written with authority and conviction, Your Vote Is Not Enough is a reminder, not only to citizens of the country but also its leaders and policy makers, about all that we must do to take our rightful place as a developed nation which has ensured peace and prosperity for all its citizens.