An initiative by ComMutiny- The Youth Collective and its forum members, Samvidhan LIVE ­ The Jagrik Project is a journey to engage young Jagriks (Jagruk Nagrik ­ Aware Citizens) between the ages of 14 to 30 years in different parts of the country to experience the Constitution. We believe ownership of common spaces is a crying need of the hour. Ownership cannot be given in classrooms. It has to be taken on the streets. Samvidhan LIVE ­The Jagrik Project, is building young people’s capacities for meeting this challenge as they refl­act (reflect+act) in the real world. Through this public initiative, young people will experience how the rights and duties in our constitution are being lived, and report back their experiences to rest of the world.

 

ComMutiny ­The Youth Collective along with a coalition of over 30 civil society organisations came together to run Samvidhan LIVE – The Jagrik Project across 16 states of the country. The coalition partners work with a diverse cross­section of young people – urban, rural, college graduates, drop outs, dalits, tribals, religious minorities, young men and women. Through this process the initiative has brought out the voices of youth from diverse and marginalised sections of population and shared the lived experience of the Constitution. Designed in the format of a real­life simulation, Samvidhan LIVE has created a platform for young people to live the ground realities of the Constitution, be aware of their fundamental rights, understand the significance of their fundamental duties, and imbibe the values enshrined in the Constitution of India. Over 480 young Jagriks (Jagrik = Jagruk (aware) + Nagrik (citizen)) around the country, engaged through 22 organisations, have come together for this unusual game, and to address their quest for fun and learning.

Over the period of two months the initiative was able to engage over 7000 people through over 40 on­ground events and more than 1500 civic and personal tasks based on the fundamental duties and rights. Over 2 lakh people have been reached through various online activities. We have also been able to garner over 17000 responses to what we call a ‘citizen’s report card’ of the constitution (a survey to understand how well people are connected to the constitution)

Impact Stories

Sayantani, from Prantakatha West Bengal

spoke to a friend who was uncomfortable with Gay people.She could not see them apart from their identity of being gay, information which was all hearsay. So she cut all contact and interaction with them.She asked her, “How can you hate an entire community based on your experience seeing 2­3 people? As a woman, would you be ok if a man who didn’t like lesbians hated all women? Wouldn’t you feel upset that someone who hasn’t met you hates you because of his dislike for lesbians?” After several such talks her friend understood her point of view. After some thought, she said that she was ready to interact with her gay friends and learn from them and that she would make an effort to be more honest and open with them. She could easily converse with her gayfriends later on.

Mohit from Bharat Calling, Madhya Pradesh

Mohit was asked to serve his community(the residents of his neighborhood) by identifying one of its needs and fulfilling that, such that it benefits his neighborhood as a whole. What caught Mohit’s attention was an unutilised, poorly maintained playground nearby, in his neighborhood. Mohit decided to put this abandoned playground to use, such that it can be a useful resource for his neighborhood. With few of his friends, Mohit started cleaning the field and with intense handwork created a jogging track along the circumference.