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The Good Politician

The Good Politician is a unique 9-month experiential program that invites 30 emerging grassroots leaders to embark on a political journey together. This experience will build political skills, a community of future politicians, and the moral courage and imagination to lead political change across India. Applications for TGP 2023 are now open


Application can be filled in Hindi or English

Applications for 2023 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
    2 weeks - March 17-31, 2023 ( in Delhi and UP)
    2 weeks - July  2023 ( in Maharashtra)
    2 weeks - December 2023 ( in Kerala and Tamilnadu)


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

  • Online classes every week 

  • Residential immersion in the different parts of India 

  • Alumni support for 5-10 years 

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Application can be filled in Hindi or English

Applications for 2023 are now closed

Why apply to The Good Politician?


Practical on-ground live learning


Focus on bringing change at the local level


A rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum


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 Adaptive leadership
  • 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 and debating skills Building partnerships and networks Being a political worker on the ground
  • Immersing in current reality
    India’s cultural history Understanding state and national parties Exploring political history of india Caste, religion and gender in politics How to deal with corruption Big political challenges today
  • Seeing the whole system
    Constitution State and national parties Panchayat 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,



Charu Pragya

National Media Panelist, Bhartiya Janta Party


Dr. JP Narayan

LokSatta Movement

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Meenakshi Natarajan

Former MP,

Indian National Congress

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P. Sreemathy

Former MP,

Communist Party of India (M)


Shantanu Gupta

Author and Political Analyst


Rajeev Gowda

Former MP,

Indian National Congress


Dr S.Y Qureshi

Former Election Commissioner of India

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Ram Madhav 

India Foundation, Bharatiya Janata Party


Tara Krishnaswamy

Political Shakti


Sachin Rao

Member CWC, Indian National Congress


T.R. Raghunandan

Former IAS Officer


Dr. Sanjay Paswan

Former MP,

Bhartiya Janta Party

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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 planning to contest elections at a village or city level in near future 

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

  • Have a strong commitment to serve all

  • Have deep local political knowledge 

Other Criteria

  • Minimum 12th standard pass

  • Ages 25 - 40 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

Our sincere intention is to make this valuable program accessible to everyone, irrespective of socio-economic status. We invite participants to look at it as an investment in your own self and your political future.


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


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 - Apply now. We look forward to having you with us :)

Application can be filled in Hindi or English

Applications for 2023 are now closed

Highlights of TGP 2021

Residential 1 

Residential 2 

Residential 3 

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