Painting the town with colours of transparency

Painting the town with colours of transparency

He was elected ward member from Narainji ka Bida in 2000, and sarpanch of Vijaypura in 2005. His mechanism for transparency was stunningly simple - painting the accounts on village walls. All over the gram panchayat's nine villages, the balance sheet of Kalu Ram's five-year term is there for everyone...

Nourti Bai's crusade for rural transparency

Nourti Bai's crusade for rural transparency

At a  jan sunwai (public hearing) organized by the Mazdoor Kisan Mazdoor Shakti Sammelan in 1996, in a crowded triangular patch in front of the old Chang Gate in Beawar, a well-built woman strode up to the microphone, lifted the multi-hued ohrni covering her face, to demand transparency in the...

Ajit Bhattacharjea: Leading the Transparency Review

Ajit Bhattacharjea: Leading the Transparency Review

Ajit Bhattacharjea began his journalistic career in 1946 as an apprentice sub-editor and reporter with The Hindustan Times. He became a close associate of Jayaprakash Narayan and in 1975 quit The Times of India to edit JP's weekly Everyman's. When the weekly was closed during the emergency, Bhattacharjea became...

M.N.Vijayakumar: Cleanliness as an IAS way of life.

M.N.Vijayakumar: Cleanliness as an IAS way of life.

A 1981 batch IAS from the Karnataka Cadre, became the first IAS officer in the country to make his assets and liabilities public. He is probably also the only one to have fought efforts by his seniors to introduce transparency in public life: But the consequence was not so good...

MumbaiVotes: Making us Informed Voters

MumbaiVotes: Making us Informed Voters

MumbaiVotes lets you keep track of your MP's, MLA's and Corporators through their vast database of profiles, interviews, newspaper articles and manifestos. The website lets you compare your elected representative's promises with actual performance through legislative records, criminal records, news report analysis and more. Mumbai Votes hopes to achieve authority...

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