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The Good Politician

The Good Politician is a unique 9-month experiential program that invites 50 emerging grassroots leaders to embark on a political journey together. This experience will build their political skills, and the moral courage and imagination to lead political change across India as well as create a community of future politicians.


Applications for TGP 2024-25 are now closed.


Applications for 2024 are now closed!


Leadership development at ISD

The Good Politician is designed to nurture principled politicians who will become servant leaders. This learning journey identifies three key stages of leadership development - 


Seeing the change

Understand the system, identify problems and probe into the deeper realities of politics 


Being the change

Experience the lives and realities of the people we serve


Leading the change

Prepare for their future political paths, moving forward with their learning and their projects


The program is designed for active practitioners with - 

  • Three in-person residentials for 6 weeks in total

10 Days - Aug 22 to Sept 1, 2024

( in Delhi and Punjab) 

14 days - Nov 20 to Dec 3, 2024

( in Kerala and Karnataka)

10 Days - April 4 to 14 2025

( in Jharkhand and Bihar)

  • Rest of the time is field time spent in their own field /constituency

  • Online classes every fortnight

  • Residential immersion in the different parts of India 

  • Alumni support for 5-10 years 

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Why apply to The Good Politician?


Practical on-ground live learning


A rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum


Focus on bringing change at the local level


Regional mentorship by political leaders across parties


Interdisciplinary curriculum
to build political readiness

We believe political leaders need 6 different types of capitals for success in politics. Through the program, our participants will build and leverage these capital to create meaningful change on the ground, and accelerate their political aspirations.



Curriculum that will prepare you to understand and practice principled politics 

  • Knowing self and people
    Building public narrative Forming grassroots team Social Mediation Mobilising masses Decision making and managing conflict Ethics and values Leadership Challenges and Ways
  • Designing political interventions
    Designing surveys & research tools Interpreting constituent data Managing a political budget Planning community projects Fundraising for campaigns Evaluating progress
  • Creating change on the ground
    Building low-cost election campaigns Social media and image management Speech, argumentation and negotiation skills Building partnerships and networks Persuasion and Mobilisation of Stakeholders Being a political worker on the ground
  • Immersing in current reality
    India’s cultural and political context Understanding state and national parties Exploring political history of India Caste, religion and gender in politics Seeing the cultural and political conflicts Examples and models of hope
  • Seeing the whole system
    Constitution State and national parties Panchayati Raj system Municipal corporation/council system Working with local bureaucracy Important policies and laws for governance

Faculty & Speakers

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Atishi Singh

MLA- Delhi,

Aam Aadmi Party

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Asaduddin Owaisi
MP- Lok Sabha,



Devaji Tofa

Former Sarpanch Lekha Panchyat

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Dr. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan

Minister of IT and digital services, Tamil Nadu


Dr. Sanjay Paswan

Former MP,

Bhartiya Janta Party


Mahua Moitra

Member of Parliament, TMC West Bengal

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Meenakshi Natarajan

Former MP,

Indian National Congress


Nitin Gadkari

Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India

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P. Sreemathy

Former MP,

Communist Party of India (M)

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Ram Madhav 

India Foundation, Bharatiya Janata Party


S. Phangnon Konyak

Member of Rajya Sabha,

Bharatiya Janata Party


Sachin Rao

Member CWC, Indian National Congress

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Sanjay Singh

Member of Rajya Sabha,

Aam Aadmi Party


T.R. Raghunandan

Former IAS Officer

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Yogendra Yadav

Psephologist, Swaraj India

 ... and many more political practitioners 

Who are we looking for? 

We are looking to find the seeds of political leadership from across the country in young leaders who -

  • Are at elected positions at a Panchayat, District or Municipal level

  • Are already serving in their field (party workers, student politicians, ex/current elected leaders, political action groups etc.)

  • Are planning to contest elections at Panchayat, District, Municipal or Legislative level

  • Have a strong commitment to serve all

  • Have deep local political knowledge

Other Criteria

  • Minimum 12th standard pass

  • Ages 25 - 45 years (exceptional candidates outside the bracket can be considered)

  • Fluency in Hindi or English

  • Stable source of financial sustenance

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Fees & Contribution

No one will be excluded from being  part of  the program because of financial constraints,

We sincerely intend to make this valuable program accessible to everyone, irrespective of socio-economic status.

For those who can afford it, we invite them to consider it as an investment in yourself and your political future.

To include and support varying paying capacities we provide generous need and merit-based scholarships from 50% up to 100%. (The actual base cost incurred by ISD per participant for The Good Politician is 2 lakhs INR).

Our selection process is completely merit-based. We will collectively find a way for all deserving candidates to be a part of the cohort even if they cannot pay for it.


Don’t hesitate to apply now. We look forward to having you with us :)

Highlights of TGP 2023

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Residential 3 

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