'Sabha' was conceptualised at Justice Adda as a way to create an edutainment tool for young people and citizens to learn more about Parliament, in a fun and interactive manner. The Team behind 'Sabha' consists of Lawyers, Graphic Designers, Parliamentary experts, and social scientists. It has been developed over the course of 9 months, through extensive consultations with Parliamentary experts, Game Developers, and civic engagement professionals.
The Indian Parliament is the foremost legislative body of the Republic of India. However, even after over seven decades of Independence, Parliament continues to remain a distant and notional entity for many. There is a severe dearth of useful resources about Parliament that speak directly to citizens, in particular young people who are the future of our country. Providing such an opportunity for learning to young people is especially important given their capacity to become leaders and mould a better future.
Among these outreach events, a Game Launch event was kicked-off at Bangalore International Centre (BIC) on January 29th, 2023. The objective of the event was to develop an understanding of the working of Indian Parliament among the participants, as they get the firsthand experience of passing a bill at the highest level of democracy i.e., the Indian Parliament.
The event started with the background on the objectives of making the game and the process behind developing it, followed by the instructions on How to Play the Game. All the participants were very enthusiastic and quite competitive, getting immersed into the game, as they got the opportunity to play the game in a team of 5-6 players. The energy levels and motivation to win were very high.
The event was also attended by the former Member of Parliament, Mr. M.V. Rajeev Gowda. He represented Karnataka state and the Indian National Congress party in the upper house (Rajya Sabha).
As a next step, atleast 100 sets of Parliament Board game would be manufactured and disseminated to the universities, schools, and other relevant institutions, which engages with the youth interested in policy making and parliamentary procedures.