Sudhanva Shetty Shetty
Writer, coffee-addict, likes folk music & long walks in the rain. Firmly believes that there's nothing more important in a democracy than a well-informed electorate.
Learning about the Constitution is vital for all citizens but it can also be a tedious process, with a paraphernalia of seemingly indecipherable jargon thrown around like slurs and fallacies in a Parliamentary debate.
To simplify the process is Meghnad S, a public policy professional who has also worked with several MPs across party lines. His new show, “Consti-tuition”, presented by Newslaundry, aims to break the logjam and let loose policy understanding among the masses.
In the inauguration of the show on August 29, Meghnad wrote, “Policy making and legislation is serious stuff. The laws made by Parliament and implemented by Government affect real people in profound ways. Giving it a humorous angle might be seen as reducing the seriousness of the whole thing and being flippant. But the way I see it, there’s a difference between the laws & the people who make them … Policy is not funny, but the people most definitely are hilarious.”
Dear voter, do you feel like you know nothing about the person you vote for? To know who to scream at for not doing their job, watch Consti-tuition with Meghnad!
Posted by Newslaundry on Monday, August 28, 2017
The show takes one through the basics of Indian democracy, while not letting one fall asleep. For all of us who didn’t pay attention to our civics class, each episode is a fun ride to understanding our democracy better.
The show has already run three shows – on voting, bills and speakers respectively.
Meghnad says, “The show is a positive DIY format where we show ways for people to actually spend some time and engage with democracy. We wanted to equip people with tools to interact and understand our democracy better, in a way that is a lot more relevant to them (read: not putting them to sleep).”
When asked what the team aims to achieve through Consti-tuition, Meghnad said what they were trying to achieve through the show was a unique experiment:
“It is a simple breakdown of what we feel the citizens of India should know. Right now concepts like how laws are made, how budgets get approved, how parliamentary committees work, the functioning of bureaucracy etc are shrouded in complex language & legalese. We are trying to break it down and present it in a format that even a 16-year-old will understand. By using humour as a vehicle, we are trying to inform and educate the new voter with the hope that they’ll take better decisions. We also try to tell them how they can continue to interact with their representatives *after* they have voted. It’s not an only-thrice-in-5-year thing, but can be a continuous process.”
The Logical Indian community thanks Meghnad and his team for making the effort to discern public policy and make the Constitution relatable and interpretable. We wish the best of luck and encourage readers to go through Consti-tuition’s episodes.
To go to Consti-tuition’s YouTube page, click here.
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