Time for peace in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) had been in focus for a long time now. Violent extremism in this state is thriving for over 30 years now. Worst years were 1990s and early 2000s when the number of fatalities touched a few thousands each year. Failure of the Indian state to contain this violence is very obvious.…

A forgotten war for India

India-China border conflict in 1960’s is something that most Indians have very little knowledge about. We know that the 1962 war was lost, but hardly any details of that war has been presented to us in our school books and other easily accessible literature. We do not even hear about the 1962 war from our…

IKEA and I kiya

IKEA launched its first store in India in August 2018. Like many in Hyderabad, I was also waiting for this store to open. There was a sense of pride to see a world leader in furniture is coming here. India is 55th country in the world to have an IKEA store. So, they came here…

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,…

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…