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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Is representation of women in development real?

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  The question of women in development has today evolved into a more holistic and inclusive approach of one called ‘gender and development’. In a developing world, ‘gender and development’ provides wide scope for inclusion of marginalised women and, importantly, for securing the rights of women, third gender and other groups which have faced neglect […]

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#LiteracyInEverydayLife

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Today is the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. On the streets of Jaipur, a self-employed magician is using his mobile to solicit clients. When I chanced to meet him about three months ago, he raised my curiosity by showing a few ‘tricks’ on the pavement itself. As I began to leave him, he asked  […]

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Is “Lodha Medicine” the Bitter Pill Indian Olympians Need?

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Indian Olympians have been performing poorly in the the Rio Olympics and the same state is repeated every four years. As we watched the fantastic performances of sportsmen and women in Rio Olympics every day this past week, we became acutely aware of the widespread ‘sickness’ in the Indian Olympic team. Once again, our sportsmen […]

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Migrant Children Deserve An Education

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Migration poses a problem in terms of health care, sanitation, livelihoods and, most importantly, education of migrant children. Surrounded by brick industries which provide seasonal employment, migration in Boni Gram Panchayat is high and the children of these migrant families end up paying the price. The village of Boni is located in the northeastern part […]

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