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Wednesday, 18-July-2018

A LIVING REPUBLIC

Indian republic actually thrives in the villages where, in many cases, the people have their own rules, as one can see in the seven villages reported on in this special, Republic Day edition

REPUBLIC: a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated ruler who is not
a monarch.”
Six weeks ago, when we decided to do a special edition on the occasion of Republic Day, we hit upon this concept: “a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives”.
But is that the case in India, one of the 147 of the world’s 206 sovereign states that uses the word “republic” as part of their official names? Levelling charges against politicians was one way of going about it.
But we are a positivist newspaper, we thought, well, let’s look for what is happening in the villages, where the ‘supreme power is held by the people’. We were flummoxed: scores of villages came up on our initial web research that showed they are exercising that supreme power in one way or the other. Whether it be Mendha Lekha in Maharashtra, where the ‘Human’s say that in their village they are the government’; or in Tabo, where the villagers have their own rules and run their own sustainable system; or the twin villages, Lachen and Lachung in Sikkim, where governance brooks no outside interference since 1642. From web-research, we went into actually doing the stories on the ground, so that our readers have a feel of how our REPUBLIC is thriving and bubbling at the grassroots level.
Happy Republic Day!