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The Spark Initiative Society

The Spark Initiative- Ignite, Improvise, Implement

Presence in: India
Focus: Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice

We, at The Spark Initiative, grew up reading of and constantly hearing of issues that plagued our country but it was when we became law students that we realised we had the resources to solve these issues- all we needed was to tap them,together. Taking root from this idea, The Spark Initiative was founded by two law students after a successful PIL they had filed and was formally inaugurated in January, 2018. As the tagline suggests, we now work to strengthen governance and democratic institutions in India.

Currently, we work through three bodies-

  1. Samvidhan: This body creates draft laws and policies that India lacks. The same is forwarded to the necessary legal institutions to be adopted into the laws of the country.
  2. Siddhant: This body identifies problems arising from the government’s inaction. With through research, Siddhant submits representations of a problem to the District collector. If inaction persists, the representation ultimately goes on to become a public interest litigation.
  3. Sankalp: This body keeps the UN Sustainable Development Goals as it’s aims and works to implement the same from a grassroots level.

The three wings of The Spark Initiative follows a separation of powers between the legislatures, the executive and the judiciary, much like India’s legal system- the above bodies are independent, but interdependent.

The society is currently working on the following-

  • Drafting a bill for public records to ensure transparency and accountability.
  • Sanitation issues of Daulatabad in Vikarabad district, Telangana.
  • Gender equality amongst school students

People Associated With This Organization

Lakshmi Menon

India  
The Spark Initiative Society
Joined February 2018
Interests: Traditional / Customary Justice
Hi, I am Lakshmi, a law student from India. Growing up with a younger sibling with severe cerebral palsy coupled with constant reminders from the media and society about the issues and injustices people around me faced, I developed a sense of wanting to gain justice for all.

Perhaps my experiences with my family, especially my sister, gave a more definite aim in that I wish to bring justice to those who cannot expressly seek it themselves without aid- that is, for the disabled and for children, who are not physically able(yet) to even comprehend the injustice being practiced against them. With these beliefs at the root, I decided to study law and empower myself in the field of justice so that I may further empower those around me.
Lakshmi Menon is the network champion (main point of contact) for The Spark Initiative Society.

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