Democracy Express - राजनीति से लोकनीति

Democracy Express is a 9 days immersive learning journey with 30 young future leaders.    


Participants are exposed to inspiring political leadership and engage with progressive and unsung heroes within the political landscape across all levels.


The goal is to build a positive narrative around politics, reclaim it as an important avenue of public service, introduce youth to different pathways to politics and build a community of future principled leaders.

Applications for Democracy Express 2020 ( South-India edition) will open in September 2020

Highlights of Democracy Express 2019

Our first ever Democracy Express successfully completed its first journey on 29th December 2019! We went to states of New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar. 


We received 150+ applications to be part of our first ever cohort, within weeks of launching it. Applications came from all over the country and across multiple professional spectrums. We found our first cohort of 30 participants, who came from 18 different states of India. 

Our participants travelled to four different states, met and interacted with over 14 political leaders across multiple parties and 9 non-political speakers, thinkers and practitioners. The speakers had candid conversations about pathways, ethics, challenges, potential of politics as a vehicle for public service in India. 

Participants left with an action plan for their political journey, strong community of peers from multiple political parties, priceless memories and a shared vision for inclusive India. 

Speakers of Democracy Express 2019 

Smt. Anandiben Patel

Governor, UP


Prof. Ankur Sarin

IIM- Ahmedabad

Amul Bhatt

Chairperson, AMC



MLA, Delhi


Aparna Mathur


We The People

Bijal Patel

Mayor, Ahmedabad


Bunker Roy

Barefoot College

Dev Tayde

ISD Mentor

Krishna Allavaru

National incharge

Youth Congress, INC

Gopal Rai

MLA, Delhi


Jahanvi Jayanth


Kiran Maheshwari

MLA, Rajasthan


Pratik Sinha

Alt News

Richa Singh

Samajwadi Party

Ritu Jaiswal



Dr. Sanjay Paswan

National Exec Comm.


Dr. Sarvapriya Sangwan

BBC Hindi

Shahnawaz Shaikh 

Municipal  Councillor


Shantanu Gupta

Political commentator

Shashank Kalra

Youth Alliance

Shashank Shukla

Joint Sect


Shrikant Sharma



Vinod Verma

Political Advisor to

CM of Chhattisgarh

Vivek Sharma

Gandhi Fellowship

Why get on this Democracy Express?

The word politics has become stained in today's world - we want to change that.


There is limited access to the inner dynamics of an electoral system, minimal interaction between youth and political leaders and few accessible role models in Indian Politics for the youth today.

After the Journey

Understand different pathways to politics

Reclaim politics as an avenue of public service

Build a community of principled leaders

Design and visualize your own political journey

Personal mentoring



Information | Interaction | Immersion 

Engage with progressive leaders and unsung heroes within the political landscape across cities and villages.


Immerse within the grassroots level to understand challenges in socio-political spaces of each region.


Build a network with a diverse group of aspiring future leaders.

Experience processes like padyatra, shramdaan, community work with a focus on inner transformation.


Learn constitutional values, personal leadership and envision your own role in India’s development.


Who is it for?

30 participants | Age 18 - 50 years


Aspiring politicians, changemakers, political workers, university students and development professionals across the country, who are committed to making a difference in our society through politics.


We aim to curate a diverse cohort from across the political spectrum in the country,

with equitable representation from all genders and backgrounds. 

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