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.
feels that this may not require rocket science, after all.
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
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.
As the Lok Satta party, with its crop of image-defying politicians, raises hopes for a new brand of politics,
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.
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
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.
analyses the 'victory'.
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.
says radio will be the winner, and there's much more to be done.
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.
notes the knots the Broadcasting Ministry has tied itself into.
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.
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,
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.