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.
A development activist, public policy advocate, social innovator and leadership trainer
There is so much interest amongst the younger generation in India for public policy. I have been involved in running workshops and teaching seminars across the country for more than a decade now and i find the interest only increasing. Prestigious schools like IIMs, National Law Schools and IITs too have joined this club and it augurs well to learn of the setting up of several policy schools across the country. While the quality of faculty in several of them are yet to be of the required standard, one feels happy that this growing interest is being met through formal
The domain of education is abuzz with words like ’21st Century Skills’ and one can end up feeling that there is something magical that our children need to learn in order to survive in today’s complex world. While it is true that one needs a wide variety of skills to negotiate the world of today, one cannot but look to India’s glorious past and explore if there is something that one can learn from that. This article of mine in Outlook magazine tries to capture the lessons that ancient Bharat’s Gurukula system has for modern education. This is specially significant
Some time ago, Nitesh Batra the founder of the Mindful Initiative reached out to me through a common friend asking if he could interview me for a podcast that he runs. Having been interviewed several times in the past for newspapers and television, I was expecting this also to be similar to the ones that I had participated in. A friend who is a well known communication expert had once told me that the quality of the interview is the end product of the chemistry that emerges in that moment of time between the interviewer and the interviewee. It includes