The election season in India has begun and the decibel levels are getting louder and shriller. Amidst all the din & noise and the drama that is getting played out in states like Karnataka and West Bengal, one tends to ignore issues centered around Governance. While one takes a bird’s view of the evolution of Governance & Democracy in India since independence, one feels both proud and impressed. I have tried to summarize this in line with the Governance Indicators developed by the World Bank and the same can be heard in the recent speech that I gave at the Tagore Center, Embassy of India, Berlin. This talk was organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi and was held on the 16th of January, 2019.
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A lot of people keep asking me about the last one year that I have spent working in the Government as an insider. From being a person outside the system constantly interacting with it and seeking their support for ensuring human development at the grassroots, friends including myself are surprised on how my journey has brought me here. From being a angry young man in the early eighties to feeling disillusioned at the ‘trickle down effect’ that never truly happened, to working inside Government in building the capacity of people and systems at the Capacity Building Commission, I have indeed
It has been nearly a year since I wrote anything either on this blog or in the newspapers that I usually write columns for. The energy to write was there, but my intent never did translate into anything concrete. But yesterday changed all this and I want to share the special fodder that my inner self got. It was after a long time I went visiting to Hosahalli to stay there for the night. Enroute, I had a stop over at our Saragur hospital where I found Devi standing by the hospital entrance. She looked aged and her face showed