Opinion
Mar 30 2015
Blog: Ideas at Work
Over the years, I have had one debate repeatedly - is 'solving public problems' worth anything politically? I think so, and pretty much all of what I think is political in my life revolves around this thinking. I like the idea of solving problems...
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Mar 16 2015
COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT FOR BENGALURU
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Vasanth Ramu
Monorail that was proposed in comprehensive traffic plan for Bengaluru never got realised. Government is hoping Metro will decongest the city, but is it possible with the existing rate of addition of vehicles?
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Mar 10 2015
INVENTURE ACADEMY REACTS TO NIRBHAYA DOCUMENTARY CONTROVERSY
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Nooraine Fazal, Mallika Sen, and Ramesh Hariharan
Though BBC's 'India's Daughter' has been banned, the debate around the documentary creates an opportunity to think about how we can make the future safe for our children. Inculcating a value system and making children a part of policy formation process is the way to go.
Mar 04 2015
AMBIGUITIES IN AKRAMA SAKRAMA
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Akshatha M
Akrama Sakrama will be implemented soon. But who will benefit from this scheme? Will a developer who violated regulations and sold his properties to unsuspecting buyers be held accountable?
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Mar 03 2015
NO MONEY FOR COMMUTER RAIL IN CENTRAL BUDGET
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Sathya Sankaran
The State government has left much to be desired in its action, to ensure Commuter Railway takes off in Bengaluru, says Sathya Sankaran in his analysis.
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Feb 18 2015
Blog: Ideas at Work
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In recent years there has been a lot of talk about how Bangalore will run out of water soon. I find that strange, in a city where we get as much rain as piped water supply, and in a region with an abundance of water bodies. We could easily create...
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Jan 30 2015
Column: A Matter of Health
Govind Nandakumar
Informed consent before medical procedures is a tricky thing. Sometimes it can delay the treatment or abandon it, while sometimes it can save lives. What should a patient do?
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Jan 05 2015
Column: A Matter of Health
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Govind Nandakumar
How can the doctor become the captain of a health care team, including the patient, the doctor, the nurse, the pharmacist, etc.?
Dec 18 2014
AN OPEN LETTER TO CHIEF MINISTER
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Arathi Manay Yajaman
CM announced in the Assembly that only 97 high rises have been given Occupation Certificates since 2010. Arathi suggests a few measures to the government, to ensure the future buyers do not suffer.
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Dec 11 2014
Column: Civic Reflections
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Sakuntala Narasimhan
Did rapes take place 30 years ago? Yes, but they barely came to light. The case of a dalit girl’s rape in police station led to the formation of rape law in India. What has changed between now and then?
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Dec 01 2014
Blog: Ideas at Work
It's too early to say that Swachh Bharat is failing. But it's getting late to say what it will take to make it work, and so far there is no sign of those things. 1. Get rid of the broom, and replace it with a pair of buckets—one for wet...
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Nov 25 2014
Blog: Ideas at Work
I was surprised to see news reports that the Women's Right Commission (WRC) chief has written to the DGP and the Home Minister asking the State to discourage the Kiss of Love protest, because she felt it was uncivilised. In some ways, it shows how...
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Nov 19 2014
Blog: Ideas at Work
A rising spate of regulations in the education sector is slowly choking the supply. And Education departments around the country are catching up to Revenue and Transport departments in their levels of corruption. The irony is that the Education department...
Oct 13 2014
Blog: Ideas at Work
A surge of promotions by e-retailers brought out the brick and mortal merchants in full force. They are demanding that the government should do something to make sure that the deep discounts from e-commerce companies are not life-threatening to...
Oct 02 2014
REDBULL FLUGTAG EVENT AT SANKEY TANK
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Harini Nagendra
Among the many issues raised by the recent event at Sankey Tank. One is - can this set a precedent for BBMP to lease out our parks, lakes, or wetlands? An ecologist from Bangalore ponders over the issue.
Sep 22 2014
ANATOMY OF A PROTEST
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Vivek Vaidyanathan
Why should people protest? Are the protests effective enough? What is a protest if it cannot make the desired impact? Vivek Vaidyanathan shares some thoughts.
Sep 20 2014
COURT-MANDATED RULES OF ADMINISTRATION
Vivek Vaidyanathan
If the court is compelled to poke its nose in all civic issues, what's the use of government? Doesn't it indicate lack of good governance?
Sep 16 2014
BANGALORE METROPOLITAN PLANNING COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED
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Kathyayini Chamaraj
The state government is finally setting up a Metropolitan Planning Committee (MPC) for Bangalore, that too, only after a High Court directive! But a deep dive into the MPC set up exposes its unconstitutional spirit.
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Sep 01 2014
Blog: Ideas at Work
I was at T John College on Saturday, speaking to students of media and journalism from different institutions, who were attending a seminar at the college. A lot of the young men and women in these colleges are quite hopeful of making an impact...
Aug 18 2014
Blog: Ideas at Work
How do we build a society? The routine passage of time, and politics, makes us think that the primary post-independence goal should be to build the country. Yes and no. The nation provides a rallying point for 'us' to think about where 'we' want...
Aug 02 2014
POLLUTION-FREE MODE OF TRANSPORT
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Josephine Joseph
There are many fora and NGOs working to promote cycling in the city. What is needed is to get the road infrastructure right for cycling.
Jul 28 2014
ELIMINATING TRAFFIC BOTTLENECKS
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Awase Khirni Syed
Fed up of that big jam near K R Puram junction? Here are some solutions that will really ease the traffic there and make life easy for commuters.
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Jul 28 2014
ENSURING CHILDRENS' SAFETY
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Shaibya Saldanha
Throughout the year, there are multiple cases of child abuse. Other than a sense of “what is our country coming to?”, we don't do anything. Is it because they are children of slum-dwellers, construction workers, single mothers struggling to make two ends?
Jul 25 2014
PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
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Pranay Kotasthane
Policies meant for pedestrians in Bengaluru have themselves been pedestrian in nature. Will the Domlur-Mahadevapura signal-free corridor be an exception?
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Jul 25 2014
DISABILITY RIGHTS
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Ganga Madappa
What happens when a disabled child is denied his rights during his SSLC examination? He loses hope.
Jul 22 2014
STUDENTS' SAFETY AT PERIL
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Kathyayini Chamaraj
The government talks of de-recognising private schools. But has it taken stock of the situation in its own schools? Forget CCTV, many schools don't even have gates and toilets.
 
 

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