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
We all are familiar with the popular adage, ‘Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it’. While this could be true in several situations, I feel that it may not be appropriate when it comes to learning from India’s civilizational past. I strongly feel that we have several lessons to learn and this Tedx talk of mine explains how we can craft India’s current education system learning lessons from our past systems. Listen on…
“Corruption has been blamed for many of the challenges India as a nation faces today, and rightly so. Corruption in public offices has reached a level where most people believe and indulge in it as if that is the norm. Corruption has arguably gone beyond being a behavioural phenomenon to being a cultural one. Hence it is inconceivable that we can ever get rid of corruption in our system and society without the involvement of people en masse. And that involvement must be deeper than just an expression of disgruntlement.” – Excerpt from ‘i, the citizen’ written by Dr R