Why Grassroots Politics
A sarpanch represents 5000+ number of people in her gram panchayat and has discretion around 80 lakh INR per annum.
A ward councillor even in a small city typically contributes to decisions for a budget of around 10 Cr INR annually.
We want to strengthen the political leadership at grassroots level because they are in charge of the local affairs of the village or municipal council and better understand the needs of the citizens they represent.
Working at the grassroots, also allows us to bring true gender equality in politics because all states have between 33-50% reservation for sarpanch and councillor seats. Principled leaders at grassroots level can make informed choices to meaningfully impact the lives of our citizens.
Our Audacious Goal
Research shows that it takes a critical mass of 3.5% people to behave differently,
for the entire system to change.
Our audacious goal is that by 2047 (100 years of Indian independence),
25% of political leaders will be principled.
Why are we crowdfunding ISD
Our ideal also goes back to pre-independence day, when a farmer and an officer- both had equal stake in getting independence and everyone contributed for the work of getting freedom. We want to build ISD with these ideals.
We strongly believe यह समाज का काम है, इसलिए इसके नागरिकों को इसे करना होगा (Its society’s work, so its citizens have to do it)
One of our core principles is to remain non-partisan and inclusive. For this, it is important that we don't build an institution funded by a few people with a certain political leaning or interest. Keeping this view in mind, we want to have thousands of funders, and here we are asking you to support us with any amount you feel called to.
How will we use this money?
Immersion for cohort across three places in the country: 30 lakhs
Program development ( including selection boot camps across India): 30 lakhs
Mentoring and facilitation: 20lakhs
Focused programs for women leaders: 20 lakhs