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[21 Nov 2014 | No Comment | 105 views]
What does it take to create a revolution?

Courtesy, The three types of specialist, this excerpt from a passage of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Bluebeard” (emphasis added):
Slazinger claims to have learned from history that most people cannot open their minds to new ideas unless a mind-opening team with a peculiar membership goes to work on them. Otherwise, life will go on exactly as before, no matter how painful, unrealistic, unjust, ludicrous, or downright dumb that life may be.
The team must consist of three sorts of specialists, he says. Otherwise the revolution, whether in politics or the arts or the sciences …

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[12 Oct 2014 | No Comment | 319 views]
Advice from a father to a child in the last years of her teens

I usually avoid writing about personal matters but I will make an exception this time – because what I am sharing below might strike a chord with many of you.
I want to say a bit about Parenting – the hardest job you will ever do in your life. Unfortunately, also the one for which most of us are ill-prepared. It is by definition imperfect, stressful and nothing can ever prepare you for it.
It is also one of the most natural human instinct. And so, even though we know we are …

Miscellaneous, Personal »

[13 Jun 2014 | One Comment | 202 views]
Why I don’t do facebook…

2 separate incidents last week forced this update..
I missed a message in my facebook inbox from a close friend – and ended up not being able to see him even though we had not met in years.  The second was an email from another friend asking why I do not post anything on facebook. A few of you have commented on my “conspicuous silence” on fb in the past. I felt it was time to clear the air.
In spite of my fascination for all things tech (and a masochist tendency to try …

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[26 May 2014 | No Comment | 80 views]
Glimpses from Tirth ’12

555am: I am packed and ready for the 10-hrs trip ahead.
Outside it is still dark. But the streets are already busy with devotees and people going about their day.
I make my way through the winding street to Dwarkadheesh.
Inside the temple, there is not much of a crowd and practically no queue.
I have my Darshan and it is still only 645am. Plenty of time for me to make the bus on the long trip today.
At the bus stand, the driver expresses surprise that I am taking this route to Ahmedabad.
He tells …

Miscellaneous, Personal »

[21 Apr 2014 | One Comment | 140 views]

A recent interview that was carried over at the CRI website on my AAP experience. 

What were the key reasons that motivated you to join AAP (Aam Aadmi Party)?

The key reasons were my belief that they were different, that I could contribute and shape the thinking of the group in certain areas of policy and my belief that someone with my kind of background would be useful for the party.
I was also hopeful that by joining and engaging directly with the party, I could interest at least some AAP members in the ideas …

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[20 Apr 2014 | 4 Comments | 182 views]
On my “departure” from FTI etc..

Last year, within a few hours of my public declaration of joining AAP, I realised that I was “locked out” of all FTI-related forums and groups, including at least one group that was not exclusive to FTI members (“Rule of Law Front”).
The common thread in these groups was that they were being managed by ex-FTI colleague Sanjeev Sabhlok. I am not sure whether the decision to bar from me one/all groups was his or the entire group, but it was not until later that I realised this was the outcome …

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[1 Apr 2014 | 8 Comments | 249 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 …

Personal, Politics and Governance in India, ToI Columns »

[28 Mar 2014 | 4 Comments | 270 views]
On BJP, supporting NaMo and the Long Road..

Back in December 2013, when I joined AAP, I was hoping this would be another front against the Congress/UPA…This is what I wrote then (emphasis added):
As for the BJP, in spite of Sh. Modi, my publicly stated opposition to its “collusion” with the rotten system remains in place. The big difference between my stance in July and today is that instead of “one man” who has a fighting chance of making Congress history, today we have two. One remains the front-runner to lead India.  It is time to work with the other …

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[15 Mar 2014 | No Comment | 4 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 – …

Corruption in India, Personal »

[12 Mar 2014 | 5 Comments | 142 views]

As many of you would know (and can guess!), one of my major ideological disconnects with AAP was (is) the whole issue of Corruption (incl. Lokpal).
I continue to believe that Lokpal (and variants) addresses only one part of the problem – that of “consequences”..
Unfortunately there is little talk of “incentives” – and the systemic flaws that make it possible to be “corrupt”.
In this brief (1-minute!) snippet, I mention four things that can go a long way in reducing corruption: 

Make systems more transparent
Make information open (accessible)
Reduce the (discretionary) powers (and role) …