Rajesh Tandon

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Dignity of Institutions Promotes Democratic Governance

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During the winter holidays, I watched the Netflix serial ‘Crown’. It is based on the life and times of the current monarch of the United Kingdom—Queen Elizabeth II. The serial has taught me two lessons. First, the current head of state of the UK has had to learn to make several personal sacrifices in order […]

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Cheated as a Voter, Angry as a Citizen

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Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President, PRIA, believes in democratic governance, but his lived experience everyday in Delhi goes angrily against his belief. What is the point of electing governments? he asks.   I live in Delhi, in India. As a citizen of this city, I have exercised my democratic duty to vote in several elections. I recently voted in the […]

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कथनी और करनी में भेद

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इंग्लैंड के एक उभरते राजनीतिक नेता ने लेबर पार्टी के सम्मलेन में जोर-शोर से कामगारों की न्यूनतम मजदूरी बढाने की मांग करी. अगले ही दिन मीडिया में खबर आयी की वह अपने बिज़नस में कामगारों को न्यूनतम मजदूरी नहीं देते. अमेरिका के एक सीनेटर ने सरकारी स्कूलों में गिरती हुई शिक्षा की स्थिति सुधारने की […]

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Systemic Governance Reform Needed for a New India

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Lack of oxygen in government hospitals, flooding, collapsing garbage dumps, derailed trains – these are a manifestation of decades of neglect, a quick-fix mind-set and no effort towards systemic governance reform. Without systemic governance reforms, New India will remain a mirage, says Dr Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President, PRIA   Over the past month, these are some […]

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Governance Challenges: India@70

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As India completes 70 years of independence from colonial rule on August 15, it is time to take stock of its governance related challenges ahead. As my generation of post independent India entered the professional world forty years ago, we had a sense of uncertain future ahead. Economic opportunities for young engineers and management professionals […]

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Conquest, Slave Trade and Knowledge: Reflections on Reclaiming our Futures

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Over the past several months, I travelled to Central and South America, visits which reminded me of the conquests that destroyed much of what was indigenous in these regions: Italian explorer Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean islands (now Bahamas) in 1492 under sponsorship of the Spanish king. Within the next 50 years, Spanish conquest […]

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Governance Deficits & Digital Utopia in India

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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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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