Usha Ramanathan delivered DAKSH’s second Constitutional Day Lecture on November 26, 2013. A brief summary and the recording of the lecture is now posted here.
The Daksh – India Together Election 2014 Data Journalism Fellowship Call for Applications Oorvani Foundation, a non-profit media foundation that supports independent public affairs journalism, in collaboration with Daksh, a non-profit focused on improving accountability in politics and governance, is pleased to invite applications for the Daksh-IT Election 2014 Data Journalism Fellowship. Oorvani Foundation will select…
DAKSH, the Bangalore based accountability group that I work with, has announced a Legislation Drafting Challenge for college students. The competition is open to students across all disciplines. The main purpose of the challenge is to get students interested in policy making and of course, hope to contribute to better law making! Details are here.
India Together has published a small piece by me titled, Law Justice and the Placebo of Compensation. I argue that the practice of announcing compensation following tragedies is counterproductive and needs to stop.
Pratap Bhanu Mehta delivered a fantastic lecture titled ” The Great Churning:India’s Progressive Moment?” on November 26, 2012 in Bangalore. The occasion was the inaugural Constitutional Day Lecture organised by DAKSH. India Together has now transcribed the lecture which is available here.
I was flabbergasted to read about the fake courts in Coimbatore. The economics of an illegal act generally means that there has to be a substantial benefit, monetary or otherwise, from such illegal act. I have not been able to understand what possible joy could the people who were (are?) running these fake courts deriving….
DAKSH, a group I am associated with released its 2009 report on Democracy and Governance in Karnataka. The summary reports and part of the full reports are available here. The final full report will also be available on the website shortly. We believe that DAKSH is carrying out an interesting experiment that could impact accountability…
Outlook Website has a copy of Prashant Bhushan’s affidavit in the contempt matter against him in the Supreme Court. It makes interesting reading. I will not say more on it for the moment as it is still sub-judice.
There is an interesting article by George Monbiot regarding the demise of local newspapers in the UK and the impact on democracy in that country. Monbiot is an author who polarises views (like our own Arundhati Roy), but I find this particular article quite interesting for the emphasis Monbiot places on the need for independent…
Today’s Indian Express has a thought provoking editorial on the role of “civil society” in a democracy. There is also an interesting opinion by Dheeraj Nayyar on the same issue. The provocation for both pieces is a letter written by various “eminent” people asking for the appointment of Kiran Bedi as the Chief Information Commissioner….