Influencing public policy and implementation is a long grind, but with a portfolio of ideas in hand, Nandan Nilekani has coursed the
meeting rooms of state and central governments for years.
reviews his first book.
Interview with Nandan Nilekani.
Has bamboo's time arrived? The high cost of inputs going into conventional
construction is beginning to push more people in the direction of
alternatives, and this was topic of a recent seminar at the Indian
Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Fundamentally, the challenge of traffic and transport management in any of our large cities is not merely to create more road infrastructure. The more powerful way to tackle the problem is through analysis of road use patterns, and through the creation of transport services based on them, says
The government's understanding of an 'inclusive' Budget is simply that it ought to be the provider of welfare for the lower income groups. The evidence so far suggests that this is an attempt doomed from the start, since the government is not very good at administering such programmes.
says that there are better options.
The key to understanding information and communication technologies is that their potential for development does not lie in their electronic wizardry, but rather in the information that is communicated by their use, and the subsequent informed actions of citizens.
on the much-touted ICTs.
There are many ideas about how change occurs. Each has some strengths and
is able to influence government to some degree, for good as well as bad.
I prefer advocacy of decency and an autonomy that benefits people directly over other
One often hears that the country's large population is at the heart of many of its troubles, but doing the numbers
doesn't suggest anything of that sort. Still, in an important way, it does have to do with people. Here's how: some of the people don't think the rest of the people are even people, says
Mani Shankar Aiyar fails on two counts - his poor arguments for
secularism, as well as his scant attention to his party's role in creating the
economic conditions for communalism.
reviews Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist.
For the great majority of us who are far from the Tsunami disaster,
the easiest thing to contribute is money. Finding someone who'll take our money is easy.
But a recipient's annual
report summarising relief transactions is not enough to tell us
how our money was used, says