Amnesia? no more

After the heinous terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26,2008,everyone in the country has been wanting to 'do something about it'.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: February 18, 2009 1:50:48 am

A group of city youth rattled by the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai have formed a group — Never Forget to keep a track of the commitments made by politicians

After the heinous terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26,2008,everyone in the country has been wanting to ‘do something about it’. However,there is much to be said about what exactly can be done by the citizens. The idea described below is an attempt to provide an avenue for venting the energies of the masses today — says Anupama Dhar,a member of the core team of Never Forget.

At the heart of this effort by Varun Grover,Animesh Pathak,Aman Zaidi and Anupama Dhar is the idea of promises that can be evaluated. “It’s a very simple concept. We are going to track the promises made by our elected representatives and the progress of each promise. The bottomline here is that each promise has to be ‘evaluable’ and not vague. We’ll be tracking these promises at regular intervals of say two-three months,” informs Dhar.

“We want to find out whether our elected leaders are implementing what they promised to do in their common minimum programme/manifestos,and that can be done by periodically monitoring the progress on each and every one of them. And this data can be used by the electorate to assess performance by way of our ballots,” she adds.

The other core principle that the quartet has based their endeavor on is that of verifiable analysis. Each and every claim made in the course of their effort,without fail,will have to essentially be accompanied by a reference,either documentation or factual press release. “It’ll be an open-ended thing and one that has to necessarily be accompanied by a citation. We believe that this will give our work the credibility that is seen lacking in several current editorials and articles about the state of the nation,” asserts Dhar.

The Never Forget initiative is planning to hold a meeting of volunteers by the end of the month to work out the modalities of the project. “We have already got about 20 registered volunteers in Pune. And before the end of this month,we’ll all sit together and get down to working out details of the project’s execution,” says Dhar. “We want to ensure that it’s not a localised initiative and want to make it a pan-India affair. So,the forthcoming meeting should set things into motion,” adds Dhar.

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