Let's create a better tomorrow
WHAT WE DO
India faces a multitude of problems from corruption and crony capitalism, to environmental degradation and erosion of human rights. We feel that all these issues are interlinked and are largely rooted in an inefficient and dysfunctional democracy. We have identified two fundamental problems that we wish to shift - firstly, a feeling of disempowerment among citizens which in turn leads to citizen apathy, and secondly, a lack of accountability among decision-makers.
Alongside these problems we see a key opportunity to address them: an unprecedented use of digital communication technology (web and mobile) by a rapidly growing number of citizens. This allows for rapid dissemination of information and the ability to coordinate and mobilise disparate groups of citizens to regularly hold leaders accountable using democratic process.
The unique value that Jhatkaa.org brings is the effective use of digital communication to engage and mobilise citizens at scale. Our focus is on movement building, using digital tools that make it easier for citizens to engage in democracy and hold decision-makers (both corporate and government) accountable to our vision. Jhatkaa.org wins campaigns by deploying a range of tactics. This includes, but is not limited to - petitions, public engagement, building volunteer movements, media engagement, mass phone calls and emails to public representatives, member-generated research and reportage of issues. We also use our expertise in creation of viral and culturally-relevant content to engage large numbers of citizens.
In the long-term we want to empower progressive citizens to take an active part in our democracy, and thus enable our vision of a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable India.
To use innovative technology and public mobilisation to build an active movement of progressive Indians who take action to affect change that would not be possible if they acted alone - holding government, corporate, and cultural leaders accountable to our vision.
We aim to create a progressive India - one that’s equitable, inclusive, and sustainable - built and maintained through the democratic power of an engaged citizenry.
HOW WE WORK
Identify demand and decision maker
What is the specific change and who has the power to make it
Mobilize citizens to take actions
From signing petitions, to calling decision-makers, joining events etc
Engage with decision-makers
Get them to understand the benefits of implementing the change
ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGNERS
Avijit Michael has worked at the intersection of campaigning and digital technology for the past decade. He worked with the team that pioneered online petitions and digital mobilisation in India with Greenpeace. He then worked at Change.org as Country Director to set up their India operations before moving to a role as Global Development Director where he built strategy for user engagement globally. He currently leads Jhatkaa.org, with a mission to build the tools that will enable citizen engagement in democracy and increase government accountability.
Divya has a background in public health and human rights. She has worked in the grassroots environmental and health issues for 8 years. At Jhatkaa.org she is the Campaigns Director and manages digital campaigns on air pollution & climate change, gender & sexuality and other social justice issues. She is based out of Bangalore, Karnataka.
Shikha Kumar is Campaigns Manager – Environment, Air Pollution & Climate Change. Her work revolves around sussing out potential campaigning opportunities, mobilising citizens, co-ordinating partnerships and engaging with decision-makers. She’s also been a journalist for over seven years, and writes features on books, society, and art & culture for publications like Open Magazine, India Today, The Hindu, and FirstPost.
Nimisha has a PhD in climate change and agriculture. After finishing her PhD she joined Jhatkaa.org. She works as a senior campaigner on the issues of air pollution and climate change. She worked on several campaigns, which includes push for cleaner fuel, saving forests and is actively part of the global climate strike.
Suman is a staunch feminist and fierce advocate for the inclusion of first-generation learners in the feminist leadership building movement. She has a background in law and has completed L.L.M. with a specialisation in Human Rights. Before this, she has worked as a Digital Editor with Feminism in India, and as a Program Manager with Dalit Women Fight and is a member of their Steering Committee. At Jhatkaa.org Suman is Campaigns Manager – Gender and Sexuality, fighting for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights.
Punita is a Gender and Sexuality Campaigner with Jhatkaa.org. Before this, she was a journalist for four years with The New Indian Express and Bangalore Mirror where she covered academics, gender and human interest beats. She is also a Political Science graduate from Delhi University where she spent her three years grasping and understanding Feminism better. With Jhatkaa.org and on a personal level, she thrives to build an equitable society that represents a healthy democracy.
Roshan is a Marathi Campaigner at Jhatkaa.org. He is working on mobilizing Maharashtra movement around Air Pollution and Climate Change. With a masters degree in Computer Science and his three and a half years of experience in social sector, he focuses on innovative ways of campaigning through technology.
Jacob believes in the importance of on-ground physical work as the foundation for systemic change. His role as the Director of Engagement is to help mobilize members to take their efforts from being purely online to being on-ground as well. His environmental-related background lies in his pan-India work with clean-ups (#PloggingParty) and tree-planting drives as a volunteer, and as the founder of TerreGeneration.com.
Meghna Amin is a Campaigner working on air pollution and climate change. At Jhatkaa.org, she is facilitating the mobilisation of children from all over the country to question the government’s efforts in tackling climate change. Meghna has a Master’s in Sociology, and she aims to pursue a PhD in Ethnographic Anthropology someday. In the past, she taught English to high school children in Udaipur, managed a restaurant in Manipal, and served as a barista at a cafe in Bengaluru.
Noor is the Manager-Finance&operations, one of the oldest employee in Jhatkaa.org. He has more than 17 years of experience in Accounting and Finance working in various NGOs across South India. Before joining Jhatkaa.org Noor worked for various NGOs viz., R.D.T-Andhra Pradesh, Sangath-Goa, CHF Internationa, St.Johns Research Institute-Bangalore. He has a Masters in Commerce by Qualification.
Aparna is a management graduate with a specialisation in finance and has over a decade’s cross sectoral experience in banking and credit rating prior to joining Jhatkaa.org in 2017. She has worked in organizations such as ICICI Bank and Crisil Ratings in the areas encompassing corporate credit risk, operations risk and business development. She is currently Jhatkaa.org’s Director of operations.
Ashish is a management professional and practicing counselling therapist. He has over 21 years of diverse experience across tech and entrepreneurship. In his corporate innings, Ashish worked for Wipro, Microsoft and Aspect Software in areas of developer support, telecom, data security, tech infrastructure management and consulting.
Along with his full time with Jhatkaa.org as a Director of Technology, he also volunteers as an advisor to Sahay, a mental health initiative of Sochara – A Public Health Organisation. He is a core team member of “Mental Manadhil” – an initiative that promotes non-hierarchical approach to mental health within communities in Bangalore. His Interest in human nature drew him close to coaching and counselling.
He loves nature and animals, and is working to become a sustainable farmer.
Abhijit is the Lead Web Developer.
He maintains our current technology and also helps in fixing occasional bugs.
Abhijit has worked on various technology stacks, which includes Ruby, Python, Blockchain and Linux.
He like to contribute to open source projects in his free time.