By NS Venkataraman* It is now around seven decades since UNO was founded after the Second World War with much expectations and with declaration of lofty goals to establish a peaceful world. Ever since then, there have been many criticisms about the functioning style of UNO and it’s counter productive internal structure, that have disappointed a … Continue reading Myanmar unrest and Tibetan crisis: Instances to prove failed UNO
By Venkatesh Nayak* The Annual Report of the Central Information Commission (CIC) for the year 2019-2020 is out in the public domain. Readers will recall, presenting such a report to Parliament about the action taken by public authorities every year, to implement this transparency law, is a mandate under Section 25 of The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). As always, the … Continue reading Findings from study of Central Information Commission’s Annual Report on implementing RTI Act (2019-20)
By NS Venkataraman* The system and type of governance have been evolving steadily around the world over the last several centuries. In the beginning of history, it should have been a tribal leader, who could be violent and autocratic , controlling a group of people by force and intimidation, while keeping some well rewarded supporters … Continue reading Is absolutely fair governance possible in any country at any time?
By Abhishek Kumar* “The right to know is the right to live”- Boldly stated by Indian activist Aruna Roy, entices the mind to ponder upon a very fundamental thought that one cannot change what one is not aware of, but, once we are aware, we cannot help but change. India is the largest democracy in the world. … Continue reading RTI: Involving stake-holders in order to pave way for a transparent nation
By Nikhil Kedia* RTI Act is supposed to be the most influential of Acts because unlike other Acts, this is one which is implemented by the people. Thus, this act is a true representation of the democracy. But in the current context of the country, is it really able to represent the different factions and … Continue reading Is the RTI Act working right? Is it able to bring out much-needed transparency?
By Cibita G, Pratik Nath* Every year nearly 6 million RTI applications are filed in India making it the most used transparency law in the world. Assessments have shown that many applications have been filed at the grassroots level and the marginalized community. Though there is a huge scope for leveraging the act for empowerment, … Continue reading RTI: Government officials need to promote, support a transparent system
By Pratik Nath, Cibita G* The coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamics of operations in a tremendous manner. Many people have adopted and grown oblivious to online video meetings, lectures and conference to maintain social distancing. The lockdown has also increased digital access to many sections of the society with increasing usage of web technologies … Continue reading Pandemic: A boon for Right to Information activism in India