Watching television is now an ordeal. One hears a lot more noise than anything else. Whether it is news or current event shows, the media seems to be obsess over the death of an actor of the demolition of the office of the other and the consequent political drama that plays out. How much of this would shape our views and help in making the world better is anyone’s guess. But does it have to be this way? Were things better in the past? How will all this impact NGOs and the constructive work that they engage in? Can the space of development journalism and media advocacy be re-energized to help fashion a positive and vibrant society? What role do we as ordinary citizens play? All this and much more is what my article in this month’s special issue of Civil Society is all about. Read it here and the article is also below.
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Earlier this year, two communities – Parivara and Talawara were added to the list of Scheduled Tribes. These communities numbering close to 11 lakh has further resulted in marginalizing the shrinking numbers of forest dwelling indigenous communites. Devoid of economic or political clout, these indigenous tribes are likely to get further marginalized. Karnataka state is also seeing growing demands for inclusion of the powerful Kuruba community alongwith with several other caste groups. This is a warning bell for the indigenous tribal communities and this article of mine reflects these concerns. The kannada version of the same is published in today’s
The current NGO situation seems to be finding a lot of newspaper space the last few days. While there are several challenges that NGOs around the world are facing, the current COVID crisis only seems to have worsened this. What NGOs need now is to rediscover their relevance to society as much as Societies and Governments need to recognize the work & contribution of good and credible NGOs. See my latest article on the recent amendment to the FCRA act can serve as a WAKE UP CALL for NGOs in today’s Deccan Herald:
It is now more than a year since the Social Stock Exchange was announced by the Union Finance Minister and SEBI was mandated with the responsibility of setting it up. While the Exchange is a good idea of mobilising resources that the Social sector desperately needs, what is to be seen are the operational details of making it work. Several countries have tried unsuccessfully to set up a fully functional stock exchange and India needs to learn lessons from them. I have always been advocating for a Social Stock Exchange that not only helps identify and mobilize newer sources of