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[15 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 9 views]
“Saluting our Heroes” is now on Google Play!

A few weeks back, one of the long-time readers of my blog, Akshar got in touch with an offer of help I could not refuse.. In his email, he wrote:
I can publish your books/presentations etc. on Android as offline apps. This will give it much wider reach and put it in the hands of not so internet savvy people as well.
The result of his hard work – which he very generously offered to do for no charge at all – is this Android app on the “Param Veers” of Bharat, …

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[6 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 16 views]

Dear All: Over the past few weeks, I have noticed an increasing number of comments that are:

posted on the wrong thread (pl use the “Search” box at the bottom of the page to find the appropriate thread or use the “Categories” drop down menu);
irrelevant (pl note that comments not relevant to the thread will be deleted straight-away);
abusive or crossing the line of public decency/ defamation (these too will be deleted without notice);
merely repeating what has been said by others before (likely to be deleted without notice unless a new perspective …

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[1 Apr 2014 | 6 Comments | 210 views]
Is this the end of my fb page?

Over the last few weeks, I began to notice an odd trend on my facebook page..
The “Total Reach” of my posts began to show a marked drop in numbers (see the first 2 images).
While I am aware that fb rarely manages to “show” my updates/posts to *all* the members of my page (see the 3rd image), the drop was puzzling…Late last week, it got worse. The “Total Reach” of the last few posts very clearly showed an alarming – and almost steady – decrease in numbers, from ~20% to less …

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[15 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 2 views]
From recent panel discussions @ LBS and LSE in London

Just back from an amazing afternoon at the India Business Forum where I was privileged to share a panel with High Commissioner of India, Ranjan Mathai, CEO of Cholamandalam Finance, V Subbiah, and COO & Co-Founder of Zomato.com, Pankaj.
Prof Rajesh Chandy moderated the discussion..
It was a wonderfully stimulating discussion..the questions from the audience were thought-provoking..and Prof Chandy did a fine job of bringing it all together…
In my opening remarks (and then in response to a couple of questions), I spoke about ultra low-cost innovation, why India still remains relevant – …

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[5 Feb 2014 | 7 Comments | 416 views]
AAP, Indore and ground-level “politics”..

Over the past few weeks, as I have struggled to be responsive and keep track of my commitments, several friends and well-wishers have asked me what exactly am I doing in Indore and how am I engaging with AAP.  This post is an attempt to explain what has kept me busy the last few weeks….I am also going to use this as a placeholder for your suggestions on what else should I be doing – bearing in mind my limited capacity, resources and other constraints (mainly time).
First, a few words …

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[18 Jan 2014 | 5 Comments | 441 views]
News-item in DB Star (Bhaskar) and my response..

The Indore edition of Bhaskar DB Star published a news-item on Pg2 this morning (18th Jan) which mentioned allegations of fraud in the matter of signatures that accompanied the AAP candidate nomination forms for Indore Lok Sabha. Below is my response to the allegations, along with a snapshot of the relevant extract:

Dear Madam/Sir: I would like to put on record my strong denial of a report published in today’s DB Star Bhaskar (Pg2), Indore edition regarding the nomination process of AAP Lok Sabha candidates.
I am surprised that the reporter(s) made …

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[28 Mar 2013 | 2 Comments | 350 views]
While I am away..

*** Updated on 15th Oct ’13 ***
Dear Friends, I will be (once again) on an intense work and travel schedule for the next several weeks. Blog posts are likely to be few and far between during this period. I expect to be more active on facebook and twitter though. Do join the ||Satyameva Jayate|| page on facebook if you have not already done so.

Your comments are likely to take a while to appear if they are in the moderation queue. I am unlikely to have time to respond to any of them. Below are …

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[27 Mar 2013 | No Comment | 315 views]
Interview with Shanthala Damle, LokSatta Candidate in Bengaluru

Dear Friends, continuing my series of interviews with inspiring people around us who are fighting hard to make a change, below is a short (edited) interview with Shanthala Damle, LokSatta candidate for Basavanagudi Legislative Assembly constituency in Bengaluru..
Pl do read – and more importantly, share with ALL your relatives, friends and acquaintances in Bengaluru..Shanthala and all of us need all the help we can get. More about her Shanthala here. You can also follow her on Twitter and on facebook.
*** Interview Begins (edited for brevity) ***
Q. What is your stance towards …

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[4 Feb 2013 | 4 Comments | 207 views]
On FTI, blogging & such: An Important Clarification

Dear All: This post is being written with the explicit purpose of clarifying a few misconceptions and misunderstandings about FTI, about some of my FTI colleagues, their utterances, my views and such.
I am purposely making this a matter of public record. Hopefully this will go some way in helping my colleagues, potential FTI members, our potential allies and fellow political activists/organisations understand where we stand on certain matters & statements that may cause confusion and/or misunderstanding (and potentially even ill-will). It should also help in clarifying the differences in stance …

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[27 Jan 2013 | 23 Comments | 1,276 views]
Gut-wrenching & stomach churning..(Not Suitable for Work or for Children; Extremely Disturbing)

Dear Friends, below is a horrifying and truly gut-wrenching 3-minute video that will shock you to the core. I was alerted to this courtesy, Radha Rajan-ji of VigilOnline. It comes from a slaughter house in Kerala (to be verified). As Radha-ji mentioned in her email (emphasis added), there is a good chance
…most of you will not watch it because our stomach turns in guilt, shame and intense pain because our inaction, our silence is also complicity in the crime.
This is not an ethical way to treat animals leave alone ethical …