Two distinct behaviours of Indian politicians – joining hands to prevent cricket bodies and parties becoming answerable under RTI and then fighting hammer and tongs to stall Parliament – in the last few months shows why people’s faith in our leaders is fading. Read more
The only law that empowers people — the Right To Information Act — is facing its worst danger within seven years of its birth from the government which created it and judiciary, mandated to uphold the law. Read more
Julian Assange’s story is no less than a Hollywood potboiler with frequent twists and turns raising hackles for administrators who decide on how much people should now. Assange through his portal WikiLeaks had broken that myth and have demonstrated people’s right to know and judge for themselves, an idea not digestible to the ruling class. Read more
With the Central Information Commission joining hands with the Government, country’s Right to Information (RTI) Act is surely heading for slow death, a desire of both politicians and bureaucrats. Read more
The Earth Summit 2012 at the Brazilian city of Rio took the world one step ahead and several backwards. Read more
India’s rising number of missing children can now hope for some respite. The Supreme Court this week issued notices to the government on a petition filed by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan on the callousness of the police in tracking missing children. Read more
There is a need to change the Right To Information law, as suggested by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but to strengthen it, not weaken.
PM Singh has rightly pointed out concerns of the government but these concerns need to be looked in the context of what the transparency law has done to governance in India. Read more