Rajesh Tandon

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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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#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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Brexit: Don’t Blame Democracy!

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After the Brexit vote, people have blamed the referendum itself, the very act of giving citizens a voice in democracy! Don’t blame democracy. Introspect on the huge disconnect in the UK, says Rajesh Tandon, President, PRIA. Ever since the results of the referendum in UK showed that 52% of its citizens had voted to ‘leave’ European […]

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Make Policy, Forget About It

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Policy making in any country is increasingly challenging. It has become more so in democracies like India. Students of public policy in India may find it hard to clearly explain how such policies are formulated. And more critically, how such policies are implemented? The political economy of policy-making in a country like India has to […]

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