FTI Draft Policies on Jan Lokpal and Electoral Reforms

Dear All: I am posting below 2 recent draft policies by Freedom Team of India for discussion and comment. The first one if on the Jan Lokpal Bill and the second on Electoral Reforms. Pl do read, share and comment. Thanks.
The position of the Freedom Team of India on the Jan Lokpal Bill

FTI has agreed to the following draft position on the Lokpal Bill (all FTI documents are draft documents, subject to ongoing improvement).
1. What is the Freedom Team of India?
The Freedom Team of India (FTI) is a team of leaders who will, with …

Informal talk @ IIM-Bengaluru: Politics, Governance & Entrepreneurship, 21st Nov

If you’re in #Bangalore on 21st November (Wed), pl join us for a talk on Impact of Politics & Governance on Entrepreneurship @ IIM-B, 7pm.
Register here or copy-paste this URL in your browser: http://j.mp/21NovIIMB

Informal talk on “Impact of Politics & Governance on Entrepreneurship” at IIM Bangalore, in collaboration with the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Cell, IIM-B.

Humdrum, boring and so very unsexy..

When I think about water, I wonder why this topic does not get more attention. But I guess I should not be surprised.
Water is humdrum; so very unsexy. There is nothing titillating about it. It hardly arouses passion – or gets someone in frenzy. It has zero glamour. Frankly, it is quite boring. […]

“The Myth of Islamic Contribution to India” – Excerpts

Excerpts from a well-researched post by Shankara that appeared on CentreRight.in:
*** “The myth about Islamic contribution to India” – by Shankara ***
Is it ignorance or agenda that drives Indian history narrative? 
…Let us clear the air on the Islamic contributions to India and Hindu society at large. Lets look at some broad categories that can be used as a framework to measure them.
Universities and colleges
Before the advent of Islam on Indian soil, India has as many as 20 large universities some of them which were international in nature, some of the …

तीर्थ १२ – एक यात्रा, Tirth 12 – A Journey

तीर्थ १२ – एक यात्रा
Dear Friends, this post was written in Hindi. It felt more natural. A rough English translation follows below.
प्रिय मित्रों, आप में से कई पाठकों ने मेरे राजनैतिक गतिविधियां व उससे सम्बन्धित प्रवासों के बारे में मेरे ब्लॉग पर लेख पढ़े होंगे | परन्तु आज जिस प्रवास के बारें में मैं बताने जा रहा हूँ, वह अत्यन्त विशिष्ट है – और मैं बहुत अरसे से इसके बारे में सोचता रहा हूँ |  अर्धांगिनी के सौजन्य से – व ईश्वर कृपा से यह इच्छा कुछ ही दिनों …

Dear Chetan, you are wrong. We don’t need to do an expose on ourselves..

…or look within. We need to think.
Dear Chetan, earlier today, I chanced upon your column in ToI, “We the Shameless”. You started your piece by saying: “It’s time to stop blaming just our politicians for corruption and look within”. You went on to write, “..organisations like the IAC should also send out the message that it is a lack of values within us..that has turned India corrupt” And in your concluding paragraph, you said: “it is time we did an expose on ourselves”
That was what tipped me over.
Frankly, I’m sick …

4 Lakh illegal rickshaws, 6 Lakh illegal vendors and Why Politics Matters – even to Entrepreneurs

In an earlier post on entrepreneurship, I mentioned how “the “burden” of government can be very heavy – which is why it takes 11 steps on an average, to start a business in India. Not just that, these 11 steps take about 89 days on an average!  In that same post, I also wrote: “I have nothing against the government trying to help entrepreneurs. It should; it must”.  What exactly did I mean by that?
Did I mean that the government should give handouts to entrepreneurs – or somehow select potential …