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Youth accustomed to cribbing about Government can’t come out of the mode, even when given an alternative



Inkar Singh, a history enthusiast, a voracious reader and a fervent debater in high school was disappointed with the way things were happening in India. Well who isn’t? But Inkar went a step further and was seen getting into animated discussions with his friends, foes, as well as random people at every opportunity he got, be it in his drawing room, at a bus stand, a pan shop, cinema hall or a public toilet.

But, change is the only rule of the universe; Inkar’s life saw a drastic turnaround in 2007, when he got an internet connection at home. Now, he could crib about the issues pertaining to the governance, education, public health, corruption, women safety and such on the internet, to an audience which was larger than he ever hoped to get exposed to. His cribbing increased, so did people’s appreciation. Inkar over the time honed his skills to such an extent that he could find fault even in Obama’s speech, Angelina Jolie’s face or Delhi Metro’s functioning. This is what he strived and lived for. For him, there was only one side to all the coins.

His brother Savikar Singh, however was a passive receptor of every action by the government and administration. He had a posh IT job, a good lifestyle and nothing else mattered to him. He was the epitome of the ‘Chalta Hai Attitude’, and ‘Tell me how it affects me!’ was his pet question to every issue.

But, does the situation always have to be like this? Can you only be on either the criticizing or the simply-accepting-everything side of the governance? Can you not be a part of the policy making? At least a policy influencer by making your voice and concerns heard?

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The answer to the above questions is, yes you can! With the new found power of the social media, NTMN is proud to present: the Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG) platform.

What it is: CAG is a non-profit organization, initiated by a group of young & spirited professionals, committed to improving social and economic outcomes for Indian citizens through transparent and responsible governance. CAG facilitates and fosters educated debates and discussions with infusion of data, analysis and opinions. If you ever wanted to be heard, this is where you must be.

What Next: CAG is organizing a ‘Young Indian Leaders Conclave‘ on 29 June, 2013 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The key speakers for the event are Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Shri Narendra Modi, among others. CAG has invited 200 young leaders across sectors to be part of the event. Also one lucky winner from the CAG’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/Indiancag) will be invited to the Conclave and get an opportunity to ask a question from Dr. Kalam.

Please connect with CAG if you are interested in being a part of the change. Please connect with us if like us, you too believe that ‘India Deserves Better’.


About the author

Bijender Sheoran

I am a 23 years old Mechanical Engineer from IIT Kanpur, currently working in Noida. I like to try my hand at a diverse range of things and my interest keeps changing from time to time. I have been a part of IITK's cultural festival (Antaragni) and technical festival (Techkriti) while in college. A big movie buff and loves watching TV serials, Lost and Hustle are my favorite, reads anything and everything and getting addicted to Facebook and twitter.

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