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Shubham Kamble

Shubham S. Kamble

In the realm of social policy in India, there exists a stark contrast between the luxurious facilities enjoyed by policy makers and the struggles faced by the common people, particularly farmers and the deprived. This disconnect raises questions about the fairness of policy decisions and highlights the need for a more empathetic and inclusive approach. This article delves into the disparity between policy makers and the marginalized, emphasizing the importance of evidence-based decision-making that considers the real-life challenges faced by the citizens.

The Disconnect between Policy Makers and the Common People

Policy making often takes place in air-conditioned halls, equipped with all amenities, which inadvertently creates a gap between the privileged environment and the lived experiences of the majority. Many policy makers come from privileged backgrounds, lacking firsthand knowledge of the struggles faced by those they are meant to serve.

The Importance of Empathy and Grassroots Understanding

To address the disconnect, policy makers must cultivate empathy and understanding. It is crucial for them to immerse themselves in the lives of the people they serve, comprehending their struggles, needs, and aspirations. Engaging with grassroots organizations, community leaders, and social activists can provide invaluable insights into the challenges faced by the marginalized.

Addressing the Disconnect

Reforms are necessary to create a more inclusive and representative decision-making process. This entails diversifying the composition of policy makers to include individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Additionally, involving citizens and marginalized communities in policy formulation ensures that their voices are heard and considered. To bridge the divide, policy makers should have regular opportunities to directly engage with the common people, gaining a deeper understanding of the impact their decisions have on their lives.

Examples of Successful Inclusive Policies

Noteworthy examples of inclusive policies in India include the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and the Jan Dhan Yojana. MGNREGA guarantees rural households 100 days of wage employment per year and succeeds due to its grassroots approach and involvement of local communities. The Jan Dhan Yojana promotes financial inclusion, providing banking services to the unbanked population, ensuring accessibility to government welfare schemes.


As policy makers enjoy the comforts of air-conditioned halls, it is crucial for them to acknowledge the disconnect between their privileges and the struggles faced by the common people. By fostering empathy, grassroots engagement, and inclusive decision-making processes, policy makers can bridge this gap and create social policies that address the needs of farmers and the deprived. True progress can only be achieved when policy makers genuinely understand the challenges faced by the people and work towards building a more equitable and inclusive society.


Shubham Saudagar Kamble is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune.  He can be contacted at:

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