While so much has been written about the COVID crisis and how life will never be the same again, there is little or no attention on a sector that is considered as one of India’s largest employers. It has been estimated that there are more than 3 million NGOs of all sizes and shapes that exist and that close to 30% of them will be shut down or rendered irrelevant by the end of this financial year 20-21. Read more about how NGOs can rediscover themselves and ensure long term survival in my article in the July issue of Civil Society magazine.
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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
“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
A few weeks ago, a friend called to inquire about a US University to which his son had secured admission. He was concerned as this particular university did not figure in the top 100 Universities on the QS rankings. He was worried whether spending so much money on his son’s higher education was worth it and what exactly the significance of the QS rankings was? While one can understand his concern about his son’s future and the quality of higher education that he should receive, do these rankings truly measure how good a University is? What are the elements of