Subramaniam Vincent
Dec 08 2014
REFLECTION
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Subramaniam Vincent
One way to answer this question is to see what our work has meant to the people giving the awards. It is always educative to see the language award-givers use to characterise award-winners.
Apr 15 2014
Blog: Editors' Blog
Alright — so we’re all getting ready to vote throughout the country. Some states have already completed polling. Bengaluru's turn is tomorrow. How do you decide? This election, in particular, is seeing massive interest from all around...
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Jun 06 2013
Blog: Editors' Blog
Hello. Effective June 2013, Citizen Matters gets a new look and also a new engine and wheels underneath the stuff you see, read, and contribute to! We’ve made a number of changes. If you are wondering about this, read further. Otherwise...
May 10 2013
BENGALURU ON POLL MODE- V
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Subramaniam Vincent
There are two spheres of politics being played out in India. One is patronage, and the second, aspirational. During the just concluded Karnataka assembly elections, both were seen. More and more people are waking up to the aspirational one.
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May 06 2013
RELIEF FOR SOBHA AMETHYST RESIDENTS
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Sanjay Vijayaraghavan and Subramaniam Vincent
A recent landmark verdict from the High Court has made it clear that the BDA cannot charge steep lease fees to owners associations in apartment and villa communities who want to lease back civic amenity sites from the authority.
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May 03 2013
BENGALURU ON POLL-MODE - IV
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Subramaniam Vincent
Put two young spirited celebrities together with an articulate MP and discuss elections and you are going to get a good conversation. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Nicole Faria, Michelle Patrao and I had a half hour chat on May 2nd, webcast at rajeev.in.
May 02 2013
BENGALURU ON POLL MODE - III
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Subramaniam Vincent
In an open letter to Manmohan Singh, Subramaniam Vincent looks at the issue of city governance differently; explains how city governance bodies cannot decide anything on their own.
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May 01 2013
CANDIDATE-SPEAK: A C SRINIVAS, INC, MAHADEVPURA
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Subramaniam Vincent
At a time when some observers believe that Aravind Limbavali, the sitting BJP MLA, is bound to win the Mahadevapura seat that comprises a massive area from Whitefield-Kadugodi to Sarjapur Road, A C Srinivas (Congress) is positioning himself as Mr Clean.
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Apr 17 2013
KARNATAKA ELECTIONS INTERVIEW: RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
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Subramaniam Vincent
Rajeev Chandrasekhar says he wants the voters to be aware of the real direction required for Bangalore, about the positions of the MLA candidate and political parties, about the real reforms required in city governance
Apr 10 2013
BENGALURU ON POLL MODE - II
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Subramaniam Vincent
When it comes to adequate, planned housing for the poor in Bengaluru, the government offers little land and lesser money. But when it comes to SEZs, hotels, layouts and apartments, there is always land available. Part II of the series.
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Apr 09 2013
BENGALURU ON POLL MODE - I
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Subramaniam Vincent
In the first of a three-part series on what will happen to Bengaluru after the elections-2013, Subramaniam Vincent reflects on how Bengaluru was put on developmental steroids and pushed onto the sky like a shining saucer.
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Mar 29 2013
POLITICS AND REFORM
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Subramaniam Vincent
In a candid conversation, Lok Satta party leader Jayaprakash Narayan, as he shares his thoughts on the chances for his candidates in the Karnataka elections, as well as for an overall reform movement in Indian politics.
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Jan 11 2013
INTERVIEW: CHANGING POLITICS
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Subramaniam Vincent
His approach seems to make the very essence of one key aspect democracies worldwide -- political parties - standup on its head. The founder of Nav Bharat says his organisation is going candidate-centric to make crooks lose elections.
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Dec 20 2012
INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION, DEC 22ND AT PALACE GROUNDS
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Subramaniam Vincent
At a time of scams and crisis, one of Bengaluru’s well known personalities says, ours is a great city. Really? Let’s find out. Meet Mohandas Pai, Vijay Thiruvady, Prakash Belawadi and Pawan Kumar this Saturday at 12 noon at the Bengaluru Book Festival, Palace Grounds.
Dec 20 2012
GARBAGE GOES POLITICAL
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Subramaniam Vincent and Navya P K
Until the landfill crisis peaked and erupted into major conflict this year, most Bangaloreans did not know where their garbage was doing. That has all changed now.
Nov 02 2012
SEGREGATING WASTE IS THE KEY
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Subramaniam Vincent
'Segregate' is all over the media now, on radio, newspapers, magazine, TV, blogs, and the social media. It is also in all of the city government's (BBMP) recent communications on getting the city out of the mess.
Oct 10 2012
Blog: Editors' Blog
BBMP Commissioner Rajneesh Goel is a smart man. To back up his ultimatum forcing apartments to do wet waste processing within, he brought up an unknown pollution control rule. Goel pointed out recently that builders of big apartments are already bound...
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Sep 26 2012
INTERVIEW WITH SANTOSH HEGDE
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Subramaniam Vincent
Justice Santosh Hegde speaks about the Palike’s showdown with R P Sharma and gets candid about whether and how he will endorse candidates in the coming elections.
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Aug 27 2012
Blog: Editors' Blog
Jayanagar based N Mukund, Joint Secretary of Citizens Action Forum, sent us a hard hitting letter on the city’s garbage mess. This year, BBMP has raised the garbage cess it is collecting as part of property tax. It came a day before the...
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Aug 14 2012
Blog: Editors' Blog
Independence Day is coming up and it’s a good time to reflect on the word itself. Let's take a look at how the word plays out in public life in our own city and state. Karnataka's Lokayukta position opened up over a year ago and the state...
Jul 04 2012
Blog: Editors' Blog
On June 28th, the city council met for its monthly session to approve the budget. Turns out the proceedings had nothing to show the city was getting financially healthy again. Read our detailed report here. Last year, BBMP had projected over...
Jun 08 2012
TRANSPARENCY, ISSUE BASED POLITICS AND CREDIBLE CANDIDATES
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Subramaniam Vincent
He wants to field ‘good candidates’ who will uphold democracy. It doesn’t matter if the ‘good candidate’ is from another party.
Jun 01 2012
Blog: Editors' Blog
As some of you know, ABIDe member and urban affairs strategist Ashwin Mahesh is running for a seat in the Karnataka Legislative Council under the graduates constituency this month. He is campaigning on a Lok Satta party ticket. We must also let...
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May 16 2012
Blog: Editors' Blog
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A couple of years ago, we talked about some of our writers who had authored books. We are now happy to share that more Citizen Matters writers have jumped into the bandwagon of published authors. The latest (and youngest we may add) is...
May 13 2012
WILL PLANNING BE RIGHTED?
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Navya P K and Subramaniam Vincent
The most common complaint over coffee-table conversations in Bengaluru is 'the city has no planning'. If BDA goes by the book, citizens now get another chance to intervene.
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