Aam Aadmi goes to Party!

It might come as a jolt to prime time TV junkies who like their revolutions outsourced, but there are solid reasons why the newly constituted Aam Aadmi Party is destined to oblivion -and discover that electoral politics is no party!   As a fervent advocate of community action, I have witnessed with growing disappointment the … Continue reading

Hang the Gang – the Rape and the Mob.

The shocking incident of gang rape in India’s capital is what it is but there is another blood thirsty gang of people out there that insist on picking the wrong things to learn from this incident. The headless chicken-ry around the grotesque case of the gang rape in Delhi has reached its nadir. Opinions have … Continue reading

Citizens Make a City

The recent nod by the municipality of Delhi for the Resident Ward Committee scheme is one small step for RWA empowerment, one giant leap for civic governance!* It will opens the flood gates to public participation and consultation, enhance transparency and accountability in the MCD and empower local self government by enshrining the Resident Welfare Association … Continue reading

Pehle Makaan. Fir Mehmaan.

A campaign for housing rights of slum and unauthorised colony dwellers in Delhi in the context of the Commonwealth Games 2010. It is with a hopeful heart that we have embarked on this campaign because it came to me that the expenditure on the Commonwealth Games is in stark contrast to the manner in which we … Continue reading

The state of our cities.

The execution [pun intended] of city planning at the altar of political expediency, with particular reference to the judicial intervention in Delhi on illegal constructions and encroachments. The spate of Court orders in Delhi in the last few years, first directing the tearing down of buildings constructed in contravention of existing building bye laws and … Continue reading

Badly behaved Natives and the Chidam-bhram*.

Thirty minutes of mayhem on a TV Show – and why we shouldn’t take Chidambaram’s remarks seriously, and why the Government is responsible for how citizens behave. I thought I’d let the squawking pass, but it seems that the advice of Minister Chidambaram to Delhiites to enhance their social behaviour quotient in preparation for the … Continue reading