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
“Development has been a buzzword in the past few years which has been used and abused to shape the political and economic dimensions of entire nations. It is projected as a broad purpose and justification of all activities, often without answering the questions of whose development and how. Three decades of being a development practitioner while also wearing the hats of an academician, leadership consultant or policy advocate at times has not been enough for me to arrive at a definitive definition of development. The experience has certainly helped me evolve my understanding of development and the fact that it
On a personal level, it is indeed a delight to read or listen to a review of one’s book. Recently a friend shared this wonderful video where Sri Gurupada Belur, one of Karnataka’s well known engineers shares his view of my book ‘Leadership lessons for Daily Living’. He eloquently brings up the contents along with the key messages in a simple and lucid manner in his regular Vlog. Listen to his rendition in this well made video:
A question that I’ve been repeatedly asked is why I chose Heggadadevanakote (HD Kote) taluk to begin my social development work in 1987. Very few know that I did not choose HD Kote, but that it was chosen for me by two extraordinary bureaucrats. One was Nanjunda Rao, a retired special Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the other was Mr V P Baligar, the then DC of Mysuru. They had heard about me and my intentions and met me while I was still a medical student. Mr Baligar took me in his official car to HD Kote and we walked to