How Indian government departments ignore citizens

Policy making in India involves significant contributions from the Legislature and Executive. This is primarily a top-down approach where citizens are given very less importance in overall policies that are framed and ever lesser importance is given to citizens feedback and grievance redressal mechanisms. Below process steps shows what typically happens in policy making. Citizen,…

How India is winning the war on terror in Kashmir

Like any Indian citizen, it is very disheartening to hear about violence and deaths in Kashmir every other day. We are concerned about the well being of the citizens there, we are concerned about our security forces (Army, J&K Police and Central para-military forces) that operate in such difficult conditions. But there is never a…

India passport application process 2017

It was year 2007. Chennai. My passport was about to expire and I had to get it renewed. So, in the month of November I started the process like everyone does – with an agent/broker. Paid money. The whole process was extremely confusing, secretive and exhausting. Standing in line for countless hours at the RPO…

Raise your voice, respectfully

This is our country. The problems are ours to solve and there is no “outsourcing” button here. All of us see a number of problems around us, some of which impact us and some impact people around us. It could be a pot holed road or a broken water pipeline or senseless parking or cheating…

Book review – Killing Hope, by William Blum

History was my favorite subject in school. Our teacher used to call it “his story” – story of a person. I was always spellbound hearing those stories and believing in everything our teacher used to tell us. Growing up into an adult and with the exposure of reading multiple books on historical subjects, a different…