Thursday, September 18, 2008
India's first 'referendum'?
Villagers in some villages in Maharashtra are casting votes to state their opinion on an SEZ, and the government has promised to take their verdict 'into account' in making its decision. Issue based referenda, quite common in many democracies, do not find place in our constitutional scheme. This may be a beginning. In fact, on issues like SEZs where a cacophony of discordant political and corporate voices drowns the real desire of the local people, a referendum might solve the problem decisively.