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30 July 2011: The mere realization that in a democracy, the government is ours and our own is sufficient to change the way we look at our challenges. A strike by a group demanding for something is a strike that will ultimately use our money up. A spend on weapons is we spending it through our representatives. And every curse to the government actually is to ourselves, because we elected them to represent us in the first place.

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10 Sept 2011: Thinking of the other India…where 4 kids die a minute of malnutrition…where more cell phones than proper toilets exist….the India which is rebelling against the State….the India thats mostly absent on Facebook or popular media…the India most hit by inflation…that to which liberalization is not even a word it understands, let alone benefits from…am concerned coz that is as much a part of my country…and its a part I dont hear much about…know much about…

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30 Jan 2012: Elections are a great leveller — only those who are really troubled come together, vote and elect representatives. Its their chance to speak.

We (if I identify myself as the white collared educated middle class)?

Its impossible for us to unite — we think too much, believe we know whats right and wrong and love cribbing about status quo. We deserve what we have. And while experienced political parties enter into coalition, the ‘citizen movement’ is already fractured.

It doesn’t hurt enough…not yet

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16 Feb 2012: As I voted, I could not help feeling a sense of happiness and gratitude….however screwed it may be, I am proud to be in a democracy, where I have a say on what happens…and a responsibility. Its a luxury that a huge part of the world does not have — thank you our founding fathers, for leading us this way.

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18 Nov 2012: Middle class is the sweet spot where the ability to drive change coincides with benevolence for the working classes — and hence, the possibility revolutionary change driven by the middle class must be explored.

We have been the shameless beneficiaries of status quo in the world — we, the petit bourgeoisie who are now waking up to the possibility that we have an opportunity to play a larger role.

A chance to think beyond our own needs and aspirations to be the ruling class. A chance to be the group that can think through deep democracy, compassionate capitalism and a sustainable way of living. A chance to reimagine and redo our world.

Whether we take this opportunity or not, I do not know, but if we do, our revolution is sure to have better chances of success than the previous proletariat-driven ones. With our foray into politics and stepping up of civic engagement, we are moving towards this exciting and history-changing possibility

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12 Dec 2012: India’s average age is 26 years while that of our cabinet is 65 years. Similarly, more than half our MPs are over 55 years old, up from 1952 when only 20% of the MPs were that old.

India is a clear outlier in this regard, and this HAS to change — a generational power shift has to happen across party lines. Lets vote a younger Lok Sabha in 2014 and request the Elders to mentor and chill!!

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1 Jan 2013: Liberalism is different from pluralism — the liberal so strongly believes in his or her own view that there is disregard for the possibility of any other thought process, any other ‘truth’ or any other viewpoint.

There is refusal to acknowledge anything else less liberal — and to that extent it is similar to any other form of extremism

Pluralism on the other hand, provides space for all view points to coexist and patiently engages with them, seeks to understand them and works on aligning them

We have too many liberals pretending to be plural in claiming that they ‘understand’ other view points and hence advocate theirs as a superior one….

And too few true plurals…..who often get dismissed as being too soft for acknowledging counter-views…..

Above anything else, its true pluralism that we desperately need

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13 Jan 2013: Dear Non-Believers,

Dear people who constantly crib about the world (traffic, poverty, inequality).

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Dear friends who rant about how things are getting worse (prices, climate change, gender issues)

Your point about the way the world is at present is well taken.

But, I refuse to buy into your prophecy that my country and my world are going stay that way. I don’t think we have a losing battle on our hands. I don’t think a few bullets and a few shocking events presage more of the same happening.

And even if I am the last person remaining on the planet to believe that a better world is possible, I will continue to hold that belief. Because it is.

And it will be.

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15 Jan 2013: Deep within us is a sense of weakness.

It gets evoked each time we see something grossly wrong happening and cannot do a thing about it. When we see the beggar on the street or bribe against our own will.

It is this feeling of being absolutely insignificant — as if our existence does not even matter. That no one out there cares and our opinions don’t count.

There are several ways we cope with this sense of weakness — by creating bubbles of wealth that shield us, by building connections that get us favors and by intellectualizing instead of acting.

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But, this sense of weakness will not go till we confront it directly.

It will require us to unite beyond our intellectual nuances, our ideological stands and overcoming our lazy, mostly self-centered ways of being.

The song for a better world may be made of diverse stanzas but the chorus will have to call upon the forces for Good to unite — for far too long, the good has been weak and the evil constantly overpowering, constantly winning.

I hope more and more of us are tired of being weak…to the point of being disgusted enough to rise and unite….

Exciting times ahead :)

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13 Feb 2013: The current challenges facing the country and the world require more and more of us to do our bit -

by moving away our mental energies from abstractions and re-arranging pixels to real on-the-ground work,

by using our education and talents (which for most part are bestowed) for the service of humanity and

by channelizing our selfishness for ourselves to selfishness for humanity and its survival

if the billions of hours of television consumption, earning to spend on symbolic status goods and negative conversations of helplessness are redirected to re-organizing our world, so many of us (including those who help) will be way better off…our family will be much happier and content….

Do your bit, and a little more :)

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23 Feb 2013: As a child I was told that 5 sticks can easily break one stick at a time, but when five are tied together it is tough to break them. It is such a simple idea — and yet we fail to see its power.

Like just 10,000 people who decide to vote as a block can swing the elections in an assembly constituency

Or imagine a few thousand consumers who decide to buy from a fair-trade green supplier — imagine the boost that small business will get

Democracy is a game of numbers — large number of people who take collective action in a single direction can drive a substantial change. That is the most powerful tool we have — and perhaps, the only one that will really work.

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26th Feb 2013: A feeling of being unfairly targeted, by fate, by people or a system — that feeling gives birth to a ‘world is unfair’ view, which often leads the same victims then choosing the wrong path and exploiting others.

The current crop of ‘evil’ arises from a feeling that they were victims of an unfair system that they could not do anything about.

And so, it is imperative that we equip our current and next generations with the strength to own up whatever they are facing as their own — as something they have a responsibility to stand up and change, and do not need to be victims of.

And for us — if we suffer the world, we will also seek to manipulate it, we will seek to game it, cheat it in some way. But if we own it and set out to make it a better place, we will face it with courage, without a need to become a part of the same warped system we seek to change

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5th March 2013: India’s problem is not lack of leaders, but lack of adequate followers for those leaders.

We have far too many opinions, way too many differences and a very low tolerance threshold for diversity of opinions.

Add to it, our enemy is not pressing and clearly visible (as it was when the British were here) nor is the incentive to collaborate high (like profits out of crony capitalism or a nexus of corrupt people)

As a result, we are left with so many parallel movements, parties and NGOs who broadly want to see a great country, but want to see it happen THEIR way, and in their specific nuance.

Which actually is quite messy, pointless and weak. How quickly we forget the perils of being divided….and how soon we forget the power unity bestows on us!

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18th March 2013: The ‘Us vs Them’ approach to change is a tedious and difficult one — and something I personally do not agree with

We hate our politicians, we oppose corporations or bitch about other countries and take a moral high ground, hoping to ‘cleanse’ the country or world of them.

But, we forget, that they are powerful as well, and that they will stay, fight back and block change.

Why not let go of our vendetta, our desire to make them look bad and of our assumed purity of purpose (coming from ego or feeling powerless)?

Why not instead, engage in dialogue, involve everyone and creatively brainstorm for answers that can satisfy everyone’s concerns and stakes?

Of course this is not a substitute for building our own power, our numbers and our influence — in fact that is what will get the ‘evil’ to come to the discussion table. But if that ‘evil’ doesn’t see compassion or understanding in us, it will refuse to engage and continue to fight

In the end the loss will be of the world, which is becoming more about right vs wrong, rather than about addressing deeper shared concerns and bridging differences of views

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18 March 2013: Above all, we must be proud of India and being Indians.

We have the challenge of making democracy work with an extremely diverse set of people and ideas. And we are working at it — patiently.

We have responsible media like The Hindu, OPEN magazine, India, Kafila, The Caravan Magazine and Tehelka that keeps dissent alive.

We have worked hard at our IT and ITES to become accepted globally. And several other such things.

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That mindset will let us appreciate our way — it will help us see value in blending our traditions and culture with technology and development.

It will give us confidence in our ways of thinking across domains — from academia to entrepreneurship.

And it will make us own up our situation, and work on it.

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2 April 2013: We need lesser ‘politicians’ and many more politically aware people : in fact, for a transformed nation we need 1.2 billion politically engaged people (yes, kids included)

By politically engaged I do not mean only vote or be engrossed in your own ideology.

Politically engaged means knowing your politics — knowing your parties, their manifestos (and if any of them ever get implemented), knowing your candidates and knowing your issues locally and nationally.

It also means having vibrant debates and exchange of ideas — not to agree but to build healthy respect for intellectually diverse viewpoints and build depth in our own thinking.

It means inculcating democracy at the youngest possible age to our young — letting them know that they are blessed to be in a free nation, and yet it is pointless if they do not exercise their voice.

It means encouraging dissent, even if it is against the nation state — because only a constantly growing India and a dynamic idea of what is it to be Indian will restore us to our glory

It means spending time to think of solutions to our problems, and coming together (across party lines) to do something about it — because in the end the issues are ours. They affect everybody.

So let us align on a bare minimum goal: to be politically active and engaged.

Politics is for all.

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8 April 2013: India is struck by the tragedy of commons — each of us work for ourselves while silently hoping that someone else takes care of the common mess that we face daily.

At a deeper level, there is rot in the society that we need to confront and address.

We make promises and break them routinely. There is little hope of true justice. Our respect for rules is scant. Our opinions are made too easily. Speech is caged by people whose sentiments are always waiting to get hurt. Violence is not a state monopoly — we let a small group of non-state actors use it as well. We donate to religion and caste but not to city or country.

As a result, we are weak and impotent. We can’t move things in our own neighborhood. We have learnt to tolerate standards that are actually unacceptable — in our leaders and our physical environment. And we believe that voting some right leader into power will solve all our issues.

All this external mess is nothing but a reflection of the inner weakness of our self centered character that refuses to grow up and get it’s act right. Which makes me feel really sad — we haven’t succeeded as a nation. We haven’t lived up to the dream our founding fathers had — the dream of India that they sacrificed their lives for.

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13 April 2013: We have made the act of being good very difficult to do.

If you come on time for something, the other person doesn’t. And your time is wasted even though you made an effort to be there on time.

You follow traffic rules but someone drives carelessly needing you to be even more careful, and perhaps ending up taking longer.

You do not bribe, but since every other person dealing with the official has bribed, there is a natural expectation of graft to move things.

You may keep litter with you till you spot the dustbin but someone else will just throw it away making the street dirty anyways.

So individually, it is easier to do bad things than good. The system nudges you towards not keeping your promises, being late, breaking rules, bribing and generally not caring.

Which is why the minority who tries to do this finds it difficult — because those who break the rules go unpunished, leaving those who follow rules looking like fools. And making their own good actions almost absolutely pointless.

So we tell ourselves that we should do the right thing because it is the right thing to do — because of its intrinsic value as ‘right’.

But the context in which we live renders that right action pointless — sometimes makes it harmful. That context we need to change — those who follow the rules, those who do the right things need to hold the rule breakers accountable, and do that more strongly.

For now, it feels like a distant dream — because these notions are so deeply embedded in our culture that it is the norm to do wrong things, and being good becomes a notable exception.

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28 April 2013: भारत की अखंडता और शक्ति को जागृत करने के लिए हमे संगठित होना आवश्यक है। १२० करोड आबादी के इस देश में वैसे भी इतनी विविधता है की इसे बांटने की नहीं साथ में जोड़ कर रखने की आवश्यकता है।

हम शर्मिंदा होते रहते हैं, त्रस्त होते रहते हैं क्योंकि हम इतने कमज़ोर है। आस पास की व्यवस्था हमे हमारी असफलता की याद दिलाती रहती है।

इस देश को फिर से सोने की चिड़िया बनाने की ज़िम्मेदारी सिर्फ हमारे नेताओं की नहीं बल्कि हम सब की है। इस देश को इतना सुन्दर प्रगतिशील और शक्तिशाली बनाएं की जब भी हम जय हिन्द या वन्दे मातरम् कहें तो हमारी रगों में गर्व हो, रूह में आनंद हो और आवाज़ में स्वभिमान।

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To awaken the integrity and power of India, we need to be collectively organized. There is already so much diversity among the 1.2 billion Indians that effort is needed not to divide but to unite.

We keep getting shamed and troubled because we are so weak. The conditions around us remind us of our failures.

This country can become the golden sparrow once again — but the responsibility is not of our leaders but ours. Lets make this country so beautiful, progressive and powerful that each time we say ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Vande Matram’ (hail my motherland), we have pride in our heart, joy in our soul and confidence in our voices.

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16 June 2013: To all the troubled citizens, the unheard middle classes and other educated, white collared tortured souls of my country — I say this unto you.

That I empathise with your troubles — of potholed roads, endless traffic, dysfunctional systems, hawker-crowded footpaths, real estate scams and endless corruption with characterless politicians.

But I must say this to each of you -

You deserve it.

Yes, nothing better — you deserve only this, my brothers and sisters!

Because our founding fathers, when choosing democracy had very wrongly assumed us to be responsible citizens — citizens who would actively engage with politics, who would solve problems and who would unquestionably vote.

Who would cringe each time a law was broken because it was their constitution and was upheld in their collective name. Who would remember the dream of a strong and united India, a progressive India. Who would remember the sacrifices made and lives lost for freedom.

Our founding fathers assumed wrongly — because we are not that. And as a result, what we have created out of a wonderful constitution, a potentially vibrant democracy and a well meaning preamble is this mess.

So if you aren’t busy working on making something better or supporting someone who is, please join in. And if you have some intelligent excuse for staying out, you better turn down the volume of your cribbing and complaining.

It is distracting us.

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18 June 2013:

If we want a better world, we need to make aggressive investments, both in Charity and Politics — and they may have a similar rate of failure as investments in for-profits (or lesser, given the degree of commitment the handful of people in these sectors have)

Currently, the economic sacrifice required to slug it out in either of these two fields is huge — but not funding market salaries for bright young people in either of these two spaces will mean we will almost never have enough talent — and therefore not enough change.

Are our “grown-ups” (read: above 30s) willing to put in their money where they say they want things to be? Are they willing to PAY young people to pursue nation-building? And are they okay with failure?

For now, I don’t really think so. But the day it happens, we will see a surge in social entrepreneurship and not-for-profit sector, and a much faster and substantial rate of change in the world :)

This talk totally nails it — a MUST WATCH for all :)

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17 July 2013: How can we ever imagine creating a truly democratic nation when in our own families we do not allow questioning, we make dissent a taboo and we act in total compliance of our parents and community, even if it suffocates our individuality?

If we expect kids to blindly comply and execute parental agenda in their lives, if we look at being given birth as a great debt that needs to be repaid with the sacrifice of our dreams and if we don’t even flirt with the invisible boundaries tradition cages us in, it is but natural that we find ourselves helpless in challenging status quo in the socio-political space

Its not only charity that begins at home — transformation of a nation does too.

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1 Aug 2013:

Keeping political parties outside the purview of RTI is as clear a statement as it gets — there are two classes in India.

One is the ruling class that doesn’t want to be held accountable in any way. It will continue to be corrupt, buy its way into power, mute the few sane voices within it, and maintain status quo which is the source of its power.

The other is our class, the one that is the ruled. We are reminded of our weakness every single day. We are fragmented and broken, we are vulnerable. And yet, we refuse to learn. We refuse to act. We hope to pass our entire lifetimes hoping that someone else will create a miracle, or some fools will sacrifice their life for the collective.

What is missing is true democracy — where the lines between the classes blur, when there is equal freedom for the virtuous and the villains to have a fair contest of ideas and that becomes the basis for who ‘rules’.

And that ‘ruling’ will hopefully be very different — because it will be representation, it will be taking decisions including everyone, innovative and bold ideas that will benefit all, particularly those who are in most need.

What saddens me most is that the ruling class is living out the values of our colonial rulers in so many ways — by choosing to exploit, by dividing and ruling, by refusing to be held accountable and by bankrupting the nation and its people.

The quest for temporary solutions is worthwhile, but at the same time we must strive for a larger transformation — the one that can only happen through the deep understanding and practice of real democracy.

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6 Nov 2013:

The notion of serving out of a sense of ‘pity’ (assuming that the one you are serving is incapable) is utterly pointless.

It is essentially an exercise in self validation and is coloured by a bunch of assumptions about your abilities and the receiver’s deficit. It results in half-minded solutions that strip the beneficiary off their dignity and often do not bring the change they were intended to.

On the other hand, when service comes out of compassion, it is filled with humility and love. And compassion is not an exclusive emotion reserved for those we consider disabled, incapable or deprived. It is an emotion that is accessible to us for ourselves too.

In compassion we are truly present to what the other person needs, and not to what we want to give. And that giving brings us as much joy as to the person receiving — it is a beautiful dance.

May all our serving come from compassion, and may our localised sense of ‘doer-ship’ also remind us of the Soul Force that is making it happen, through us :)

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11 Nov 2013: Dynasty politics is accepted as a norm in India — just like inheritance of property, political power is also passed generation to generation.

We have people who had no intention or ability to lead the county being pulled in at various levels of politics. And to those leaders themselves too this seems to be the way (perhaps Rahul would be happier partying in Ibiza than having to don traditional Indian clothing and fight elections)

But it is so obvious that political power is the power to represent — and that CANNOT be inherited, because it doesn’t belong to the politician beyond his or her elected term in the first place.

However, by making costs of elections very high, ensuring sycophancy in parties and sharing political education (which is not available in Universities), we ensure successive generations continue in power.

Whichever party you may belong to or support — there is no denying that when political office becomes an ‘asset’ in the hand of a politician passed from generation to generation it edges out so many more deserving people without a fair fight. Which harms us.

And to start with, we will also have to dismantle the paradigm of inheritance (of power, at the very least) in our own heads — because it is impossible to oppose something that we see as an inalienable right.

My hope is that as we go towards 2014, we will strongly oppose the inherited politics in favour of inner party democracy — which will let great leaders emerge with much lesser struggle across party lines.

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12 March 2014:

“What Peter says about Tom says much more about Peter than about Tom”

Which makes me wonder why there are such few conversations celebrating the great things about our leaders from across the party line (leaders of other parties)?

Have we totally lost our ability to see good in anything that is not ours or us?

Just that fact that someone belongs to another side blinds us to their goodness?

Or are we so insecure that we fear acknowledging good in any other side — just in case it makes us look a shade weaker….

And I pray that post elections all these people — all of us come together and help whoever wins succeed….there are simply too many problems for us to spend our energies finger pointing beyond what is necessary.

Let us move towards positive politics

The Pragmatic Idealist

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13 March 2014:

A democracy of selves, where each part of me has space to be, express and manifest….weaving together the fabric of my life with richly coloured threads…perfectly imperfect warps and wefts :)

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27 Jan 2016:

To be a republic, sit in circles

Have conversations, not speeches

Share lots of love. Paint, sing, hug.

Rise together, in celebration, not rebellion.

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25 June 2016: I hate to see what politics does to the people I respect and admire. Their lives and walls are filled with attack and defence, trolling and arguements.

Most of these are not in the spirit of inquiry but just unhealthy rantings that do not change anyones mind.

By the very nature of the domain they have chosen, they have to be divisive and partisan. They now have an audience whom they have to keep convincing about their point of view.

Conceding even the slightest ground to the other side is unacceptable in the crass debates that surround us. Speaking out of party lines is unthinkable.

Through political power these friends hope to create transformation — but in the journey towards that kind of power, many have found it hard to honour their original essence.

Every person has a role in creating a better world, but I continue to feel that politics is a drain of precious energy, a compromise of freedom and putting up with foolishness, all in the hope that someday, you will be the person who will end it.

What is invisible is the cost of a prolonged engagement with such a system. I hope I do not see them become the kind of leaders we never wanted in the first place — I suspect that is going to happen though.

And that is not so much about them as about the nature of politics and democracy as we practice it itself.

3 July 2016:

3 stages of democracy

1. inaction = doing nothing except complaining about problems

2. In action = taking charge, leading people towards solutions

3. Active inaction = holding to allow action to emerge from the group

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16 March 2017: As right I would say to Right — this is our time, let’s leave no stone unturned…lets make India great again! Let’s do it well and do it with all our spirit and energy

As right I would say to Left — can we please move forward…as the nation converges like never before, can you constructively support rather than only critique?

As left I would say to left — it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee…it’s time to organise…to dialogue with those we can’t tolerate…it is time to huddle…

As left I would say to right — an India that doesn’t include all voices all aspirations and all concerns is not the India we can be proud of nor does it reflect our spirit as a civilisation…

As my own voice I would say that it is time to reimagine our ways of politics and economics beyond left and right…lets not hold it too tightly cos a few generations from now, no child will care whether we were left or right.

But they will live into a world that we co-create….

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18 Mar 2017: Proposal #1 — Instead of “leadership”, let’s practice “mutual followership”

More than new ideas, we need to support the good ones that are already out there

More than having our voices heard, it is time to amplify the ones that are most sane

More than creating our “own” the world needs us to join and come together

Let’s remove the burden of individual leadership and replace it with a joyful dance of follow-the-truth (wherever it emerges) :)

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24 March 2017: We, the people are getting weaker.

Political parties are collectively passing laws that make their funding opaque (while simultaneously stepping up surveillance / ‘transparency’).

Companies can easily bypass consumer rights and push employees, vendors, and suppliers towards unfavorable terms.

The police, army, and state can choose sides based on their interpretation of ‘justice’ which may not always favour the weakest and poorest.

We seek refuge by earning more, building contacts with powerful people, joining the corporate-government space, suppressing our anger and heading out of the country.

However, for some reason, we refuse to support each other and those who are working to change this. We claim we want to change but when opportunities come up, we look the other way.

Before you jump to any conclusions, this is NOT a rant against the current government alone. It is not targetting a specific corporation. Because even in these establishments there are citizens — people, who outside those organizations are like us.

Until we the people collectively act to protect our communities, our open spaces, and our rights, we can peacefully watch them being pushed by the other, more organized players.

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23 Sept 2017:

Indians love to speak and discuss…it is not only a gift but also a tradition.

But instead of speaking about problems and helplessness, we have the freedom to have conversations that shape tomorrow

Conversations about Rediscovery of India are in that light. They are our journey to understanding our intricate complex and ancient motherland.

In engaging in an honest inquiry we will regenerate the fabric of this nation…a fabric that revives our cultural wisdom in the light of todays challenges

As citizens of India we need no permission

As children of India we don’t even need any training

All we need is an honesty of purpose and a thought for all the Indians yet to be born on our land.

7 Dec 2017:

Long live democracy — surely.

But in its current form?

Consider some emerging research that talks about human beings being very vulnerable to stimuli (technology and ads anyways provide us plenty)

On the other hand ‘technological’ singularity is approaching us at a speed that we’re not being able to fully comprehend.

We on the other hand stubbornly stick to a party system with once in 5 year voting as a one-time solution.

This is the best we currently know — but this HAS to give way to a new generation of political decision making.

The current way is expensive for all parties (including citizens) — financial costs to outrun each other drain our resources.

We’ve inherited this way from our other counterpart nations and invested great faith in it — but now its time to ‘customise’ it without threatening its innately priceless foundation (values of our constitution are a great starting point).

What does Democracy 2.0 look like to you? What’s your two cents towards making democracy deeper?

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15 Feb 2019: Within a few hours of my posting about the loss of our brothers in Pulwama, condolences of friends from all over the world poured in….

When I first said extended family I meant Indian soldiers….but the condolences reminded me that the family extends beyond my borders all around the planet….of people who not only hope and dream but are acting to create a better world for our coming generations….

It doesn’t reduce my sadness and sense of loss….yet it makes me feel held and supported….in a very strange and paradoxical way, my global family comes together to hold the Indian me….

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25 Jan 2020: Social-Media proofing the 2024 elections….

The rate at which social media is rising as a weapon of choice for politics is alarming.

It is not only vulnerable to armies of IT cells distorting the truth or automated bots but to external powers who may want to tinker with our precious democracy.

The way then is to already start steering away from social media as a primary source of information, to start dialoguing with people in our communities and co-creating shared visions.

Alongside, perhaps, a dialogue with social media companies to start figuring what measures can be put in place are also needed, whoever feels the energy for that.

It is a national-scale project that urgently needs to be taken up, to secure our capacity to jointly decide the destiny of our nation.

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21 March 2020: I can now see our collective capacity to co-operate.

I can see the power of shared stories, beliefs and myths.

I can see our capacity to unite and act together when faced with ‘threat’.

Can these capacities get unleashed in peacetime too? Can we respond to the built up pressure on the planet and its people?

I believe we can.

If my leaders really really want to, they can co-operate. Another world then seems so within reach.

Beyond these distractions, corona virus has engaged our capacity to focus on what is essential at this moment. If we can do it now, as a matter of habit, we can do it more regularly.

Then perhaps, instead of hopping around like the ‘drunken monkey stung by a bee’, we’ll move together as one family, one organism seeking to balance itself.

Mumkin toh lagta hai. (Seems plausible and possible to me)

Aapke kya khayaal hain? (What are your thoughts?)

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