This is the talk that I gave on the occasion of Vivekananda Jayanthi at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies on January 11, 2021. Swami Vivekananda never ceases to inspire and one feels that one has only scratched the surface in trying to understand his message. Watch on…
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
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
Recently, one saw a mockery of the statement ‘first amongst equals’ in the state of Karnataka. Constitutionally, the head of government is the chief minister at the state level while the Prime Minister is at the national level. Convention demands that legislators of the party with a majority, meet and elect their leader who then takes over as the head of the government. What we see happening across different states in India is the phenomenon that is today popularly called the ‘high command culture’. Leaders of national parties sitting in Delhi decide on the leader of their state legislature party.
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