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[1 Apr 2014 | 6 Comments | 207 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 | 236 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 | 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 – …

Corruption in India, Personal »

[12 Mar 2014 | 5 Comments | 133 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) …

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[1 Mar 2014 | 40 Comments | 3,146 views]
The long road ahead & staying the course…

Dear Friends, as some of you may know already, I formally resigned* from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) yesterday evening (28th February).
This was a hard decision for me having spent the last couple of months working closely with the AAP members, volunteers and supporters in Indore.  As some of you know, I had also applied to be considered as a candidate of the party for Indore Lok Sabha. But this decision of mine was not about the candidature (as I write this, the selection process remains on-going, although valuable time …

Miscellaneous, Personal »

[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 …

Personal, Politics and Governance in India, ToI Columns »

[26 Dec 2013 | 50 Comments | 1,904 views]
The Birth of a Political Start-up & Taking the Plunge..

I have been busy. Not the as usual “busy”, but as the posh socialite would say, “busy, busy”. The last couple of weeks have been an incredible whirl of meetings, long discussions and calls. It is very rare for a political event to resonate with my other fascination – entrepreneurship.  But I believe we just witnessed the beginning of a remarkable experiment in political entrepreneurship in these last few weeks. We have witnessed the birth of a political start-up, the first for anyone below 40 in India.
The start-up is of …

National Heroes, Personal, ToI Columns »

[10 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 387 views]
This Independence Day, do something different!

Here’s a simple – yet – powerful idea for this Independence Day..
Pick up a school – either your child’s school or a school in your locality. Actually almost any school will do. Contact the School; request the Principal to allow you to narrate a story to the students on the occasion of Independence Day.  Which story? The stories of our bravest of the braves, the “Param Virs”!
I bet most of you have only the foggiest idea of “Param Vir Chakra”. Many of you would remember the heroes of Kargil, among whom …