Rajesh Tandon

Posts by Rajesh Tandon

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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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Rush to Form Political Parties in India

Rush to Form Political Parties in India

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Several new political parties are being formed in India as the proposed amendment in the Finance Bill 2016 will enable them to receive foreign funding from ‘foreign’ sources. Some of the new parties are likely to be called ‘Green & Peace Party’, ‘Sabrang Party’, ‘Participatory Party’, ‘Human Rights Party’, ‘Collectives Party’, ‘Nationalist Party’, ‘Azaadi Party’, […]

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Water Today: Source of Life or Death?

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The Mumbai High Court yesterday asked the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) why millions of litres of water should be used for preparing pitches for IPL cricket matches in Maharashtra this month when lakhs of households are thirsty in Latur and several other districts of the state due to severe drought. As […]

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Royal Democrats: Power Behind the  Throne

Royal Democrats: Power Behind the Throne

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As king of Hastinapur, Dhritarashtra witnessed (some would suggest supervised) the war between his sons (Kauravas) and nephews (Pandavas) during the period of Mahabharat. Blind from birth, reluctantly forced to occupy the throne, he was manipulated by powers behind the throne. While such examples of power behind the thrones were common in the days of […]

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