Significant amount of CSR expenditure comes with strings attached, impacts investment in talent

By Moin Qazi* In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence. — Jamshedji Tata When we flip back through the business history of the world, we find that all large mercantile communities were great patrons of the art of philanthropy. They regarded … More Significant amount of CSR expenditure comes with strings attached, impacts investment in talent

Voluntary organisations’ shrinking space amidst adverse impact on their financial sustainability

Reproduce below  is “Voluntary Organisations: Shrinking Space”, one of the 30 articles published in Wada Na Todo Abhiyan’s Citizens’ Report on four years of the NDA Government 2014-2018: Promises and Reality, released to mark the completion of the Central government’s four years on 25th May, 2018: The formation of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government … More Voluntary organisations’ shrinking space amidst adverse impact on their financial sustainability

Innovating integrated solutions to social problems: Baba Amte’s legacy ignites granddaughter

By Moin Qazi* The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. — Eleanor Roosevelt The world is witnessing a new breed of women leaders and game-changers who are gate crashing and boldly scaling new heights even as they are pairing their ingenuity and knowledge with passion for bringing lasting solutions … More Innovating integrated solutions to social problems: Baba Amte’s legacy ignites granddaughter

Mumbai’s Yuva Parivartan: A model NGO for skill development and livelihood generation

By Moin Qazi* Historians will tell you that a burst of creativity occurs when we start believing that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the curve of innovation. As the country continues to face … More Mumbai’s Yuva Parivartan: A model NGO for skill development and livelihood generation

Ex-Swiss diplomat’s deportation: To repair damage, Government must invite Vögele to visit India

Forty-five civil society leaders, academics and professionals have written a letter to Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj taking strong exception to the Ahmedabad immigration officials deporting Kurt Vögele, ex-Swiss diplomat, on January 22. Text: We write now to draw your attention to the unceremonious detention and deportation of Mr. Kurt Vögele from Ahmedabad airport on … More Ex-Swiss diplomat’s deportation: To repair damage, Government must invite Vögele to visit India

Crucial issues regarding economics, safety and viability of Kovvada nuclear power project

By Kumar Sundaram* Amid the deepening crisis of the American nuclear lobbies, officials of the near-bankrupt Westinghouse corporation are visiting India this week, according to the media reports, to promote their nuclear sales pitch. While the project-affected communities have announced protest on the ground, a solidarity statement was launched on our website and it has … More Crucial issues regarding economics, safety and viability of Kovvada nuclear power project

Civil society should shift focus on human capital as democratic spaces shrink internationally

By Gagan Sethi* While the term civil society originated in ancient Rome and Greece – it’s more or less a direct translation from Cicero’s “societas civilas” and Aristotle’s “koinōnia politikē” – as times changed, it began being used differently. In Europe, the term came to be used as civil government and political society (Locke), a … More Civil society should shift focus on human capital as democratic spaces shrink internationally