What is Jan Sansad ?

To plan and make a programme intersting and different is always a challening task. Especially in this case, since Jan Sansad is meant to be an innovation in format too. It should be differet from Tribunals or Public Hearings. Yesterday Medha Patkar, Joe, Rajendra Ravi, Roshal Lal Agarwal, Madhuresh, Seela, Ashu, Gee we spent nearly 4 hours working our heads around that. It is still ongoing. But this is what we have for you as of now. It is being disussed by Organsing Committee but you are welcome to send your feedback to us too. Write to us


Why Jan Sansad ?

  • Voting once in 5 years does not make a Government of the people, by the people, for the people

  • The unholy nexus of Governments-political parties-bureaucrats, corporations and builders and intervening International financial agencies have launched an all out war against the toiling people of this country

  • People have to assert their right to life, livelihood and other resources for a just, equitable and sustainable living

How will the Jan Sansad be constituted & who are to participate ?

We feel that we ought to move forward from our time-tested programmes of Public Hearings, People’s Tribunals (this is no reflection on their efficacy) and organise ‘Jan Sansads’ (People’s Parliaments) in various parts of the country.

Our Jan Sansad is to be constituted by more than 500 people’s representatives. 67 % of whom are to be chosen by consensus or elected by struggling / affected / exploited / disadvantaged people, especially in areas threatened by resource-grabbing, foisting of various projects, displacement etc., ideally through their Gram Sabha or Mohalla Sabha or by the community groups. The remaining 33 % to be people’s representatives, academics, intellectuals, professionals, experts and others to be nominated by the movements and people’s groups struggling in those areas.

All individuals, concerned citizens, people’s movements, organisations, campaigns having belief in non nonviolent social and political change, Secular, non-casteist and non-patriarchal politics shall participate in Jan Sansad.

What does Jan Sansad Stand for ?

  • Against corporate imperialism, militarisation, casteism and communalism

  • Against allowing public policy & legislation being decided by internal and external capitalist forces

  • For a transparently determined policy and democratic planning and the use of natural & national resources such as water, coal, oil, minerals

  • Bring together movements, organisations, campaigns, concerned citizens, affected people to assert themselves on issues of public interest

Key issues

  1. Communities’ control over land, water, forest and aquatic wealth, minerals, development planning and alternative development.

  2. Inequity to be challenged by various classes like farmers, unprotected workers, fishworkers, forest workers, artisans, hawkers, labourers and urban poor.

  3. Electoral politics and people – electoral reforms

  4. Corruption –wider perspectives and challenges

  1. Proposed Programme

    1. March 19 : Lokshakti Abhiyan Programmes discussion at three locations in Delhi
    2. March 20th – 22nd : Jan Sansad on the key issues mentioned above
    3. March 23rd : A mass rally of people coming from across the country. Finalisation and adoption of Jan Sansad Resolution amongst thousands [a session with political party representatives] and March to parliament

Tentative Proceedings

Session 1 : Participating organisations and their representatives present / place before people important issues / challenges and their proposals for struggle in 2-3 hours.

Session 2 : All those asssembled together will engage in dialogue, debate, negotiate solutions.

Session 3: Jan Sansad to evolve the collective view / opinion on the issues dealt with and chalk out future programme for struggle as well as reconstruction and pass resolutions based on possible consensus.


A People’s Plan of Development and Governance would emerge and resolution of local issues should raise confidence in the process and help refine it and perhaps endow it with durability. Such people’s plan would have visibility, profile and depth. A strategy and Action Plan giving impetus to selected / identified representative struggles focusing the country’s attention and effectively challenging existing decisions, projects, policies or laws, taking the battle to the 'powers-that-be’, whether they are Governments or Corporations should be the result.

Our over all effort is directed towards creating a wider people’s movement, a wider family of activists connected with each other, which will aim at placing before the people an Alternative to the present polity which is anti-people in every respect.

The attempt is also to create an ongoing people’s parliament which will hold its sessions in different places in the country and start dealing with the issues of the region and forge movement solidarities. It can become an alternative people’s political forum to bring the truly popular issues to the political agenda and challenge anti people policies to politics.