He must be the most unique personality of the post independent India. Nobody has gained as much popularity during this time, much bigger than Anna and AK, perhaps bigger than JP Narayan, perhaps as big as Indira Gandhi. He has become the symbol of non-corrupt, developing Indian, a true statesman. Even his biggest critics can't take this away from him. The only true statesman of significance I can think of in the last 20 years. Anna may be in the list but was very short-lived & hence insignificant.
But the confounding question is: Who is he and where is he headed? To answer this quest... Read More
The business capital of Delhi, Connaught Place, is all set to become a no-traffic zone from 1st February.
While some may dismiss this decision as juvenile, it seems like a very calculated move to attract media and attention.
Is there a need to control traffic and its movement in CP - YES. But the solution being proposed it extremely absurd. I am surprised at the apathy with which such decisions are being made in this country, especially Delhi. Seems like we have become a test ground of whimsical, irrational politicians to try-out ideas with no ground level thinking to it.
What is ... Read More
Rich getting richer while poor suffers – this is considered a key evil in the society. This is what keeps us from providing equality. But what’s the cause?
The constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic. But we have done little to achieve a better socialist society. Socialism here means equal opportunity, equal rights and equal ability to be able to live well, NOT equal pay. It is equal pay based on work done irrespective of all other factors.
If looked closely, socialism would essentially mean that rich shouldn’t be able to get richer ju... Read More
In the last blog I talked about how demonetization looks like a TRUE socialist movement or policy created in independent India. The last 3 weeks has indeed been a rollercoaster ride for all of us. As politicians, activists, common people discussed, debated, criticized and accepted the move, memes, conspiracy theories and obnoxious WhatsApp messages and Facebook statuses spread like wildfire.
Even today the nation stands polarized and the good, bad and ugly about the move has rented our peace of mind.
After much conversation, coffee and analysis, my point of view now has some fineprints*.... Read More
Perhaps the biggest change in India since I have been born has been what we have seen in the last 4 days.
It’s not the change that amazes me… It’s the ferocity with which it has happened. For years and decades, cynics like me have been calling for an almost dictatorship like rule in India to cause major changes. This change seems exactly like that.
This is perhaps the most secular change that we have ever seen in this country. There is no exception for the rich or the poor, for Hindu or Muslim, for Brahmin or Dalit. There seems to be a clear focus in the government to not give a ba... Read More
Its been an amazing last 36 hours. The world has changed more in the last 36 hours than it does over decades. 9/11 and 11/9 are 2 dates that the world will remember for a very very long time to come.
If you are Indian, its even more special for you. More on that in a separate discussion.
I don't want to debate on whether Trump is the right guy or wrong. But its representational for sure. Lets look at emerging political themes we have in 2016 globally and will continue to see over the next 10 years:
Majority is the new minority: Minorities have governed politics for the last 50 year... Read More
I wrote this piece right after the first Delhi Odd-Even experiment but never published it since I thought its problem over. But considering this is coming back in April, I wanna publish my thoughts.
Let me preface this article: I am not an environment unfriendly person. I do my bit. I may not be an activist but I certainly do my bit. I ride a bike to work at times. I never throw stuff on roads. I try to take care of environment in whatever way possible.
Also, I have some expertise in this area having done numerous (paid and unpaid) digital and social media assignments for environment, tr... Read More