Category: Blogs

Air Pollution, Health, and the Economy

In 2019, air pollution contributed to 12% of deaths worldwide, roughly 7 million people. In India, nearly 18% of all deaths — around 1.7 million people — were caused by air pollution, no surprise given the country has the highest levels of PM2.5 in the world. How does the air get polluted? Taken as a […]

G20 may expand India’s Solutions for Global Good

The blog talks about India’s increasing political and economic clout as the world faces a difficult time. As we assume presidency for G-20, India must exhibit its leadership by finding systemic solutions to global problems

Digitizing Government Offices for Improving Execution: Notes from Rampur village

The current government has launched a variety of schemes for the development of poor and rural communities. An expansive marketing strategy based on an adroit usage of social media has made the common man aware of these schemes. While every government frames policies after serious contemplation, the real challenge lies in their implementation. An increase […]

Breaking the waiting game: Technological tools for increasing access

Delay is a constant road block to development in India. It plagues almost every area of the life of a common man – whether it be getting permits, licenses, justice in courts and so on, and also impacts administration, governance and the effective implementation of development programmes. We, in India, have become used to waiting. […]

Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY): Bridging the perception gap

SAGY is an initiative by the Central Government of India in which honourable Members of Parliament adopt a Gram Panchayat and develop it into a model village or “Adarsh Gram.” As a SPARC (Supporting Parliamentarians in Analysis and Research in Constituency) Associate to honourable Member of Parliament Mr. Anurag Thakur from the parliamentary constituency of […]

DISHA- Putting Development on the right track

Do you remember the character Mushaddi Lal portrayed by the critically acclaimed actor Pankaj Kapoor in the famous TV series ‘Office Office’? The series took a dig at how government officials work and how projects and grievances of citizens keep moving around from one department to another via files. Having gone through similar experiences at […]

Thinking Out Loud – Working with an MP

This is the season of weddings in Tamil Nadu, the time of the year when I meet my long-lost relatives and face their curiosity of what’s happening in my life. The most awkward moment in these interactions at family functions right now is to explain my job to my relatives. Usually, I start off by […]

Taking on the Development Challenge

Working for social impact, was an unfulfilled goal that I hoped I’d be able to do something about before I turned 30. Fortunately, it happened at 26. In November last year, when I got the opportunity to work with Swaniti Initiative, an organization working towards making the government administration more robust, I jumped at it.  […]

Development and Governance: Challenging Beliefs

It was a strongly held belief – that carrying out any work under government systems is next to impossible, that government structure were too complex to navigate and that institutional mechanisms were ridden with archaic systems. Fortunately, by working on ground with Honourable Member of Parliament, Mr. Dushyant Chautala, I was able to challenge those […]