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Subramaniam Vincent : All Things Public
Apr 16 2014
Why I will not fall for the ‘Vote for PM’ trick
As India votes in the midst of a rising campaign crescendo that pits one individual against the other, Subramaniam Vincent urges the electorate to prioritise a 'better parliament.'
Dec 30 2013
Why Arvind Kejriwal does not need magic
The question foremost on the minds of both believers and sceptics now is whether AAP will be able to keep its lofty promises to the people. Subramaniam Vincent feels that this may not require rocket science, after all.
May 14 2013
What makes world class cities?
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised Bengaluru world class infrastructure on the eve of elections in Karnataka, recently. Subramaniam Vincent exposed the farce in a letter to him.
May 11 2013
Both of India's politics on display in KA
There are two spheres of politics being played out in India at present. One is patronage, and the second, aspirational. During the just concluded Karnataka assembly elections, both were seen. More and more people are waking up to the aspirational one, writes Subramaniam Vincent
May 04 2013
Wanted: A clamour for better governance
Bangalore, once the poster-boy of new age India and its development, is now crumbling, having been sorely let down by the administration and politics of the state. As Karnataka heads for polls, Subramaniam Vincent, discusses the prospects and necessary preconditions for change with independent MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
Mar 29 2013
Bangalore's MLA races may spark change
As the Lok Satta party, with its crop of image-defying politicians, raises hopes for a new brand of politics, Subramaniam Vincent catches up with party leader Dr Jayaprakash Narayan on the party's hopes at the Karnataka polls and possibilities of a larger wave of political reforms in the country.
Dec 21 2012
How they fool us, the outraged
As long as we engender a society that allow law enforcers to get away with their own crimes, law breakers will only be emboldened. We must make Police Complaints Authorities around the country meaningful, says Subramaniam Vincent.
Aug 24 2011
The Anna dilemma exposes an insincere government
If you want to beat up Hazare for his stubbornness, go right ahead. But before that, start with the Union Cabinet, notes Subramaniam Vincent.
Apr 10 2011
Who won? Politics.
Too many times in the last five days, the Anna Hazare-led movement against corruption was labeled 'apolitical', almost as if to call it political would taint it somehow. Subramaniam Vincent analyses the 'victory'.
Nov 18 2006
Community radio gets its day

After years of meetings, letters, discussions, workshops, petitions, and even some international pressure, New Delhi has decided to move forward and open up radio broadcasting in a way it never was until now. Subramaniam Vincent says radio will be the winner, and there's much more to be done.

Oct 01 2004
Radio policy: untying the knots
The government continues to defy the Supreme Court's orders on establishing more free and better regulated broadcasting. At the same time, its sky-high license fees have driven profit out of the industry. Subramaniam Vincent notes the knots the Broadcasting Ministry has tied itself into.
Aug 01 2004
The pressure for accountability
Citizens and government are thinking differently about each other on access to information, notes Subramaniam Vincent. The Central law in the next challenge.
Aug 01 2004
One step forward, two steps back
Subramaniam Vincent follows the intrigue, as New Delhi seeks to weaken Right to Information laws on the one hand, and receives a proposal to strengthen RTI at the same time.
Jul 01 2004
Unshackle FM radio
Compelled by civil society and the courts, New Delhi recently took steps on opening up the airwaves to the non-commercial sector, but not quickly or broadly enough, says Subramaniam Vincent.
Oct 01 2003
At home, at work
Subramaniam Vincent recounts his experiences on paying living wages for domestic labour, even as benefits for unorganized sector workers are beginning to appear on the radar screen of governments in India.
Jul 01 2003
Better, not just different
The distinction between making government work, and making government change, is an important one, and groups following the two approaches need not be at odds, says Subramaniam Vincent

Hello and welcome

I am a co-founder of India Together and one of the lead editors of this publication. I believe that an original purpose of journalism is to cover society in proportion to its many realities and provide information to citizens so that they may be free and self-governing.

Some of my recent writing has been through editorials that I jointly pen with Ashwin Mahesh, friend, co-founder and fellow lead editor. You'll find these here. I also interview leaders in civil society from time to time and pursue a separate interest in radio broadcasting. You'll find my radio productions here.

Along with Meera K, I am co-founder and editor at Citizen Matters, a local news print and online magazine for Bangalore. I am Managing Director at Oorvani Media, the startup firm that publishes Citizen Matters. My articles in Citizen Matters are archived here.

Whenever I am able to find the time, I give guest lectures and seminars on journalism and online media for post-graduate students. I have taught at the Sarojini Naidu School at the University of Hyderabad and the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore.

Prior to 2008, I have undertaken select consulting projects in the technology/development sphere from time to time. I helped conduct India's first ever industry study of Wi-Fi technology, it's opportunities and challenges, with Tonse Telecom, a Bangalore-based research and analysis firm. The 60-page report was released in February 2007.

During 2005-6, I consulted with Cornell University's Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise on online journalism for Base of the Pyramid (BOP) projects. During 2003, I jointly led the development of a municipal services forms and publications system for the Bangalore City Corporation.