The idea of democracy is founded on the persistent belief that citizens can, through effective deliberation, govern themselves. Not only can they, they should. Democracy (from the Greek demos, "people," and kratos, "rule") assumes that ordinary people have the capacity, the means, and the will to participate in the shaping of key decisions that affect their own welfare. They do this through both elected representation in formal bodies, and participation and effective deliberation in informal decision-making mechanisms that influence formal processes.
Policy dialogues are a key mechanism for holding deliberations and consultations with the stakeholders and experts in a democratic system. They are carefully constructed, deliberative meetings that seek to exchange information and build consensus recommendations between the public, private, and civic sectors through leaders who are in a position to forge alliances, make decisions, or strongly influence the trajectory of a possible solution to a challenging issue. Policy dialogues share the common aim that discussion and careful consideration should contribute to a well-informed policy decision, but they may vary widely in terms of how they are intended to feed into the policy development process.
Policy dialogues may be organised entirely by public policymakers to feed formally into a decision. Or they could be initiated in an entirely different way, primarily by people without decision-making authority and be one of many inputs feeding into the development of a policy.
Taj Colloquium Policy Dialogue Forum serves as a platform for dialogue with policy makers.
Following are the main objectives of the Forum:
The objectives of the Forum may be expanded by the Planning Board of the Colloquium, in consultation with the Advisory Board.
The Forum is managed by a Steering Committee. Following is the composition and term of the Steering Committee: