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Submitted by Nipun Vinayak (not verified) on

Much is being talked about the propriety of using the element of ‘shame’ for triggering community in CLTS. My limited experience suggests –

1. a lot depends on who’s triggering, and more importantly whether he’s perceived as an ‘insider’/well wisher or an ‘outsider’/didactic….the former gets acceptable, because it is appreciated nothing is done to put down anyone.

2. ‘shame’ has been found useful in generating collectiveness…lately, even in rural communities, there’s much individualism…the ‘sane’ counsel of elderly/wise is not much followed…‘shame’ is perceived as a common determinant.

3. Such qualified ‘shame’…and especially with a realisation that there’s no one tool to achieve results may work. The proof of pudding is in eating. Whether such village sustains odf will prove whether shame was necessary in the instance…

Nipun Vinayak
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India,
Cabinet Secretariat