The limits of ICT in development

A good read, this interview of Kentaro. Those familiar with Kentaro or the ICT4D Jester (see this awesome post by the jester on Dr. Kurien) are aware of the healthy disrespect he has for interventions that puts technology above the human element – whether it is in the classroom, or in agricultural extension. It’s the anecdotes that really…

Playing ‘truth or dare’ with governance

One of the tactics used in the game of ‘truth or dare’ is to choose a dare when one doesn’t want to reveal the truth. Transport this analogy to the world of governance and you start to see numerous instances where governments are unwilling to reveal the truth and instead choose to get busy creating…

States stuck in a rut need a big push

In recent years, the central government and the central Planning Commission, through a plethora of centrally sponsored schemes, had been distorting the district- and state-level planning and accountability mechanisms. A move towards correcting this was made when the government of India’s 2014 budget announced a three-fold increase in the quantum of funds being transferred to…

Journalists as lecturers: Trolling 101

There are some once-sensible journos out there who caustically celebrate instances of sexual assaults and violence if it helps them further their partisan politics by even an inch… Kerala church pays nun to shut her for alleging torture/sexual assault.She must feel like "stranger"in her own church http://t.co/3VOvyppqEN — Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) March 30, 2015 No…