Civil society engagement in BRICS: Mere symbolism?

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In the run-up to the ninth BRICS Summit (to be held in Xiamen city, China on 3-5 September 2017) and in continuation with the precedence set by the 2015 Russian Presidency in Ufa and 2016 Indian Presidency in New Delhi, the Chinese Presidency hosted the third Civil BRICS Forum in Fuzhou on 10-12 June, 2017. […]

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How to Make or Break a Democracy

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In a three-part series based on his experiences and conversations at the Asian Youth Leadership Forum for Democracy, Dhruba Basu reflects on what it means to create and sustain #DemocracyInEverydayLife. About 60 youth, from 23 different Asian countries, mostly aged 20-30 years and involved in some combination of research, activism or mobilisation, descended in South […]

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आधे अधूरे

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आदर्श आज बहुत खुश है क्योंकि उसे एक नया खेल मिला है, दो अलग- अलग रंग के डब्बे I आदर्श रंग पहचानता है इसलिए उसे पता है की एक का रंग नीला है और दूसरे का हरा I उसकी माँ ने उसे घर के कचरे को इन डब्बों में डालने के लिए कहा I माँ […]

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Swachh City Without Citizens?

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Results of Swachh Survekshan – 2017 were announced on 4 May 2017. Many residents of Indore, Bhopal and Vishakhapatnam (ranked 1, 2 and 3 respectively) must be feeling joy and pride? In fact, these cities have improved their rankings (from 25, 21 and 5 respectively) from last year’s results. At the other end are Gonda, […]

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Governance Deficits & Digital Utopia in India

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Of late, there has been a widespread belief that digital technology has an answer for all our difficulties. This is more so among public agencies and officials when it comes to delivery of basic services and promoting good governance. Prime Minister Modi has championed ‘Digital India’ during the past two years, and there is now […]

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Impressions from a one-of-its kind folk festival in a remote district of India

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To speak of ‘folk festivals’ nowadays is to conjure up images that would not be too different from those we associate with any other ‘festival’ – a high-profile venue, exotic and low-key artists (along with some headline-grabbers) from around the world, a meticulously curated experience and a hefty price tage to accompany it. In our […]

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उम्मीदों की ओर बढ़ते कदम

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ये कहानी गुडगाँव की लम्बी लम्बी इमारतों के बीच बसी एक बस्ती से है | मार्च महीने की सात तारीख को सरिता के घर में बड़ी हलचल थीए सब लोग ऊपर से लेकर नीचे तक भागादौड़ी में लगे थे| नीचे खाना बन रहा था और ऊपर छत पर टेंट लगा हुआ था| ऐसा लग रहा […]

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Freedom-n-Responsibility

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“We are taught not to interfere with others; दूसरों के पचड़े में न पड़े. But this is not right; अन्याय के खिलाफ चुप नहीं रह सकते; we have duties and responsibilities towards society” – youth voice from Jaipur “बोल के लब आज़ाद हैं तेरे…Engage, speak, join…we are the future” – youth voice from Delhi “Why […]

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Charitable Philanthropy and the (Non-)Governance of Foundations

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  In recent months, considerable public attention has been focused on questions of transparency and accountability of civil society organisations around the world. Grassroots and advocacy NGOs are especially being targeted for scrutiny, harassment and black-listing by various government agencies and the media. Much less attention has been paid to the transparency and accountability of […]

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Donald Trumps Hillary?

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Just one more day, and we will know the next President of the United States. It has been a contested election, to say the least. I watched the third and final presidential debate from a hotel in Michigan. Despite my strong disagreement on a wide variety of issues with Republican candidate Donald Trump, I must […]

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