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Top 10 Safety Measures which Must be Implemented for Women

By B.PAC

Crimes against Women- Why is the road to justice so long or never never… The NCRB figures are grim ..it shows on average over 100 rapes are reported per day across our country, that’s 35000 plus reported cases per year and unreported may be several hundred thousand of domestic violence, sexual harassment of all kinds, and many more rape incidents. […]

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B.CLIP Leaders in Party Positions

B.CLIP Leaders in Party Positions

By B.PAC

Our flagship initiative, B.CLIP -  B.PAC Civic Leadership Incubator Program has been grooming civic leaders for Namma Bengaluru for the past 7 years. This apolitical, non-discriminatory training program, has equipped countless driven individuals with skills in public policy analysis, municipal administration, political landscape, election dynamics, and other relevant knowledge.

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Addressing the age-old question of Waste Management

By Vijayalakshmi Iyer

It is a common sight in any city in India, to be walking down a lane and finding a heap of garbage which generally doesn’t belong there. Waste management has been in the talks for as long as one can remember but was officially launched into a scheme in 2014 as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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EV Roadmap

Bengaluru needs an EV Roadmap

By Revathi Ashok and Pooja Patel

Bengaluru’s rapidly evolving transportation sector is one of the key causes of local air pollution, rising greenhouse gases (GHG), and associated health problems. In Bengaluru, road transport contributes to over 40% of carbon emission (TV Ramachandra et. al, 2015), with many urban transport systems already under strain and mobility demand predicted to grow significantly in the future, mobility needs to […]

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ಬೆಳಗಿತು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು – ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ “ಪ್ರಕಾಶಿತ”ಇತಿಹಾಸದ ಸಂಕ್ಷಿಪ್ತ ನೋಟ

By B.PAC

ಹಿಂದೆ ಬಳಸುತ್ತಿದ ಪ್ಯಾರಾಫಿನ್ ಅಥವಾ ಸೀಮೆ ಎಣ್ಣೆ ದೀಪಗಳು ನಮಗೀಗ ಪ್ರಾಚೀನ ವಸ್ತುಗಳಂತೆ ಅನಿಸಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಿರಿತಲೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಅದು ತುಂಬಾ ಚಿರಪರಿಚಿತ ವಸ್ತು, ನಮಗೆ ಅದು ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಗಳ ಸಾಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಪರೂಪವಾದ ವಸ್ತುವಾಗಿ ಒಂದು ಸಣ್ಣ ಜಾಗವನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಸೀಮಿತವಾಗಿವೆ.

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Belagithu Bengaluru – A Brief History of Bengaluru’s “Illuminated” Past

By B.PAC

We have come a long way from the days of the now antiquated paraffin or kerosene lamps. Though our grandparents might be very familiar with these lighting relics, their existence has now been relegated to only occupying a small space in our storage or as a curio on display. 

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Political Leadership

What Defines Good Political Leadership?

By B.PAC

The world is brimming with ambitious political leaders, but sadly very few matchups to the traits of good leadership. In fact, many political leaders appear to be severely lacking in some of the most essential qualities of a good leader, such as integrity and accountability. It’s no coincidence that the word “politician” has many negative connotations. But experience tells us […]

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TWO WOMEN AND THEIR JOURNEY TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY

By B.PAC

For many decades, paper bags have become an integral component of commerce. Upon the transfer of goods from producers to merchants and shopkeepers, traditionally, fabric and jute bags were used to store products in large quantities.

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Ward Committee Meeting

BBMP Ward Committees

By Harshitha Venkatesh

Ward Committees are an effective concept for citizen engagement at the ward level and critical to our local self-governance in the municipalities. They help in the decentralization of functions and provide better supervision for Ward governance.  Composition and functions of a Ward Committee are outlined in the 74th Constitutional amendment to ensure that there is equal representation for all sections […]

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Common Minimum Program – keeping the interest of the citizens in a coalition government

By Harshitha Venkatesh

May 2018 elections to the Karnataka State Assembly threw up a hung house with no single political party able to garner majority mark. The situation lead to the formation of a government by two political parties, Indian National Congress and Janata Dal (S), without any pre-poll alliance, and who had fought the electoral battle bitterly. During the election campaigning, each […]

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Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike – Past, Present and Future

By Harshitha Venkatesh

Background The Constitution of India has made detailed provisions for ensuring the protection of democracy in Parliament and in State Legislatures. But it did not provide adequate powers for the local self-government/ governance leading to democracy not being stable in municipal governance. 74th Amendment of the Constitution The Bill as reported by the Joint Parliamentary Committee was taken up for […]

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EVM

Electronic Voting Machine [EVM] and VVPAT [Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail]

By Harshitha Venkatesh

The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional authority responsible for the conduction of free and fair elections in our country. Article 324 of the Constitution vests in the Election Commission the superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls for, and the conduct of, all elections to Parliament and to the Legislature of every State […]

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Simultaneous Elections in India

By Harshitha Venkatesh

Twenty Nine States and Seven Union territories of India have an elected government, going to polls approximately once in five years. About five to seven  State Assemblies/UTs on an average, come up for elections, every year, often spread through the months. Given the resources needed to conduct such frequent elections and the load on the governance thereof, many stakeholders have […]

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Political Funding

Reforming Political Donations in India

By Harshitha Venkatesh

Elections, in general, come with a cost, to state exchequer political parties and candidates. Election Commission of India spends a lot of money to conduct free and fair elections to safeguard our democracy. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections alone, INR 3,426 Cr was spent by the government, a substantial increase from the 2009 Lok Sabha Elections, INR 1,483 Cr was spent. […]

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Prepare for Fire

Prioritise Fire Safety demand by Beyond Carlton to the Political Parties of Karnataka

By Harshitha Venkatesh

As the Karnataka state goes to elections in the next few months, we must ensure our wants and needs for Bengaluru city and should communicate to the political parties seeking our votes. We often miss out on talking beyond essential public goods in our needs; fire safety is never seen as a major concern. The need to bring this to […]

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ಯುವಜನರ ಮತದಾನವು ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ

By Raghavendra

ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತದಾನ ಹಾಗೂ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಒಂದೇ ನಾಣ್ಯದ ಎರಡು ಮುಖಗಳಿದ್ದಂತೆ. ಮತದಾನವು ರಾಜಕೀಯ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸುವುದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಂವಿಧಾನ ನೀಡಿರುವ ಒಂದು ಬಲವಾದ ಅಸ್ತ್ರ. ಸಮಾಜದಲ್ಲಿ ಏನೇ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ತರಬೇಕೆಂದರು ಮುಕ್ತ ಮತದಾನದಿಂದ ಮಾತ್ರ ಸಾಧ್ಯ, ಸಂವಿಧಾನವು ಹೇಳುವ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳಿಂದ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯಾದ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಜನರ ಆಶೋತ್ತರಗಳಂತೆಯೇ ನಡೆಯಬೇಕು. ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಸರಕಾರವನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸುವ ಮತ್ತು ಅಧಿಕಾರದಿಂದ ಕೆಳಗಿಸುವ ಹಕ್ಕನ್ನು ಮತದಾನವು ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಜನಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯು ಸುಮಾರು ಆರು ಕೋಟಿ ಇದೆ, ಇವರಲ್ಲಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಚುನಾವಣಾ ಆಯೋಗ 2018ರ ಪರಿಕ್ಷøತ ಮತದಾರರ ಕರಡು ಪ್ರತಿಯ ಪ್ರಕಾರ […]

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Political and Public Discourse

Need for a healthier Political and Public Discourse  

By Harshitha Venkatesh

“A government of, by, and for the people requires that people talk to people, that we can agree to disagree but do so in civility. If we let the politicians and those who report dictate our discourse, then our course will be dictated.” – Donna Brazile The quality of political and public discourse is deteriorating in our society. Of late, […]

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ದೈರ್ಯವೇ ಸಾಹಸಿ ಲಕ್ಷೀ

By Sumashri B.R

ಅದು ಸೂರ್ಯಮರೆಯಾಗುವ ಸಮಯ, ತಮ್ಮ ಕೆಲಸವನ್ನು ಮುಗಿಸಿ ಮನೆಯತ್ತ ಹೊರಡುವಾಗ,ಬಸ್ಸಾಗಾಗಿ ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡ ಬಸ್ಸ್ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಂತಿದ್ದ ಯುವತಿಯತ್ತ ಒಬ್ಬ ಪುರುಷ ಸಹ್ನೆ ಮಾಡಿದ,ದುಡ್ಡು ತೋರಿಸಿ ಅಸಭ್ಯವಾಗಿ ವರ್ತಿಸಿದ. ಯುವತಿ ಧೈರ್ಯಗೆಡದೆ ಅವನನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸಿ, ಬೈದಾಗ,ಅಲ್ಲಿದ ಕಾಲ್ಕಿತನ್ನು.ಇಂತ ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶವನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸಿದ ಆಕೆ ತನ್ನ ಧೈರ್ಯವನ್ನು ತಾನೇ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿ ಕುಳಿತ ಎರೆಡೆ ನಿಮಿಷದಲ್ಲೇ, ಆತ ಮತ್ತೊಬ್ಬ ದಾಂಡಿಗನ ಜೊತೆ ಬಂದು ಇನ್ನೂ ಅಸಭ್ಯವಾಗಿ ವರ್ತಿಸತೊಡಗಿದ, ಭಯಗೊಂಡ ಯುವತಿ ವೇಗವಾಗಿ ಬಸ್ಸ್ ಹತ್ತಿ ತನ್ನ ಪಾಡಿಗೆ ಹೊರಟಳು.ಇದು ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಟ್ಟು ಕಥೆಯಲ್ಲ. ಇದು ದಿನ ನಿತ್ಯ ಹೆಣ್ಣು ಮಕ್ಕಳು […]

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ಹೊಸ ಪರ್ವದೆಡೆಗೆ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ ಹಾಕುತ್ತಿರುವ ಮಾದರಿ ಕಾರ್ಪೋರೇಟರ್

By Swaroop Subbaiah

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಂತಹ ಮಹಾನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ , ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರ ಸೇವೆಗಾಗಿ ಹಲವಾರು ನಾಯಕರು ಶ್ರಮಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಬದಲವಣೆಯ ಚುಕ್ಕಾಣಿ ಹಿಡಿದಿರಿವ ಹಲವು ಜನನಾಯಕರಲ್ಲಿ ಉಮೇಶ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿಯವರು ಕೂಡ ಒಬ್ಬರು, ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರ ನಡುವೆಯೇ ನಿಂತು ಹಲವಾರು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿ, ತನ್ನೊಂದಿಗೆ ಇತರೆ ನಾಯಕರನ್ನೂ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸುತ್ತಾ, ಸಮಾಜಸೇವಕರಿಗೆ, ಜನಪರ ನಾಯಕರಿಗೆ ಹಾಗು ಯುವಸಮುದಾಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಬೆನ್ನೆಲುಬಾಗಿ ನಿಂತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಬಿ.ಪ್ಯಾಕ್ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯು ಗೋವಿಂದರಾಜನಗರ ನಗರ ವಾರ್ಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಬಹಯತೇಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳಿಗೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಬೆಂಬಲ ಸೂಚಿಸುತ್ತ ಬಂದ್ದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪರಿಸರಸ್ನೇಹಿ ಗಣೇಶ ಚತುರ್ಥಿಯನ್ನು ಆಚರಿಸಲು ಹಾಗು ಪಿ.ಒ.ಪಿ ಗಣೇಶಗಳ ಬಳಿಕೆಯಿಂದ ಪರಿಸರಕ್ಕೆ ಆಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಹಾನಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ […]

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An insight into the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

By Harshitha Venkatesh

“In this structure composed of innumerable villages, there will be ever widening, never ascending, circles. Life will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom. But, it will be an oceanic circle, whose centre will be the individual, always ready to perish for the village, the latter ready to perish for the circle of the villages, till […]

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Register to Vote

Your Vote Counts. Register. Vote. Participate.

By Harshitha Venkatesh

“To safeguard democracy, the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness” – Mahatma Gandhi. How often do you complain about the state of affairs in urban governance? How many times have you thought that the people who are in charge of the governments could do a much better job? How many times have you thought […]

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Bengaluru Heritage: Nageshwara Temple, Begur

By Aishwarya Prakash

“You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared” (stated by Robbie Robertson) Here’s a piece of our heritage in Bengaluru that dates back to almost 1000 years. Unfortunately, we turned a blind eye towards it. “The Nageshvara Temple, Begur” is the heritage structure we are referring to. The Panchalinga (five Shiva lingas) in the temple marks its distinctive feature.

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Application of the ‘Kingdon Policy Window Model’ to Bengaluru city’s illegal flex banner/poster menace

By Ananda Gundu Rao - Harshitha Venkatesh

Introduction: John Wells Kingdon is Professor Emeritus and was Acting Chair of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Kingdon is a specialist in American politics, and has written influential books such as “Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies.” What is the Kingdon’s Policy Window Model? In his book Agendas, alternatives and public policies Kingdon proposed that for an issue to get on […]

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B.PAC Civic Leadership Incubator Program (B.CLIP) Milana

By Harshitha Venkatesh

The success of a program gets measured by the quality of the students that it has helped shape. When B.PAC Civic Leadership Incubator Program (B.CLIP) launched in 2014, we envisioned a program that will impact Bengaluru city through grassroots level leaders. B.PAC has been made stronger and has been able to affect more change through B.CLIP trained Civic Leaders. These […]

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ಗೃಹಣಿಯ ಚಿತ್ತ ಸಮಾಜದತ್ತ….

By Chitra

ಸಾವಿರ ಮೈಲಿನ ಪ್ರಯಾಣ ಶುರುವಾಗುವುದು ಒಂದು ಸಣ್ಣ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಯಿಂದ.ಅಂತದೊಂದು ಆರಂಭವು ಎಷ್ಟೊ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಅಂತ್ಯಹಾಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಸಮಾಜದಲ್ಲಿನ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು, ಕೆಟ್ಟದು,ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಏರಿಳತಗಳು ಎಲ್ಲವು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳ ಅಲೆಯನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸುವವರಿಗಿಂತ ಅದರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಈಜುವವರೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು. ಹಲವರಿಗೆ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸುವಷ್ಟು ಶಕ್ತಿ,ತಾಳ್ಮೆ,ಧೈರ್ಯ, ಇಲ್ಲದಿರಬಹುದು, ಹಾಗೆಂದ ಮಾತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಎಲ್ಲರು ಹಾಗಿರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಒಂದಷ್ಟು ಜನರು ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಹಾಗು ಸರ್ಕಾರವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.ಹೊಸ ಕಾರ್ಯತಂತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.ಸಾಲದಕ್ಕೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಸುತ್ತಮುತ್ತಲಿನವರಿಗೂ ಪ್ರೇರೆಪಿಸುತ್ತ ಸಮಸ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಪರಿಹಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಕಂಡುಕೊಳ್ಳುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ನೆರವಾಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅಂತಹವರನಲ್ಲವೇ ನಾವು ನಾಯಕರೆಂದು ಕರೆಯುವುದು.

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Perseverance by choice, Leader by habit

By Samyuktha Roy

“I wanted to be a change-maker, which is the primary cause that lead me into politics- fighting the negativism surrounding politics”, Kavitha Reddy say. If citizens like her, the youth, do not seek change, people will start to move out of the democratic set-up altogether. Mrs. Kavitha Reddy, B.PAC’s B.CLIP leader felt it her responsibility to fight the growing negativism about politics among the youth.

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Innovate Karnataka

Creating an Innovative Karnataka

By Mohandas Pai

Karnataka State and Bengaluru City have been fortunate to have the IT industry as an engine of growth for the last 25 years. Today the IT industry has over 15 Lakh employed here, more than 25000 companies of which around 7,000 are startups, an export revenue of 45b$, more than 450 research labs with over 400 Fortune 500 companies getting their work done here. Bengaluru has over 125,000 chip testers and designers, the largest in the world with over 200 chip design companies even though India has no Fab. Bengaluru has more than 20000 automotive software engineers and designers, more than 10000 aeronautical engineers and designers. Lately over 500 start ups using AI and ML have come up with India’s first Fund for AI/ML being started here.

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Vote

ಪದವೀಧರರೇ ನಿಮಗಿದೊ ವಿಶೇಷ ಹಕ್ಕು!..

By Hanumantha duragdh

Nataraj gowda ಪದವೀಧರರೇ ನಿಮಗಿದೊ ವಿಶೇಷ ಹಕ್ಕು!.. ಜನರಿಂದ ಜನರಿಗಾಗಿ ಜನರಿಗೋಸ್ಕರ ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವ ಎಂಬುದು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ತಿಳಿದಿರುವ ವಿಷಯ. ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಯಶಸ್ಸು ನಿಂತಿರುವುದು ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸುವಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಜೆಗಳು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಬೇಕಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಸರಿಯಾದ ಮಾಹಿತಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಬಹಳ ಮುಖ್ಯ . ಭಾರತದಂತಹ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ನಾಗರೀಕರಿಗೆ ಈ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿನ ಅವರ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳು, ನಿಬಂಧನೆಗಳು, ಮತ್ತು ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸರಿಯಾದ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಇಲ್ಲದಿರುವುದೇ ಅವರನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮಾಜದ ಆಗುಹೋಗುಗಳಿಂದ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸದಂತೆ ತಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಈ ಲೇಖನದ ಮೂಲಕ ನಮ್ಮ ಪದವೀಧರ ನಾಗರೀಕರಿಗೆ ಇರುವ ಒಂದು ವಿಶೇಷಮತದಾನದ ಹಕ್ಕಿನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ […]

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Mass Molestation

Why Bengaluru’s Men Felt Entitled To Molest Women That Night

By Revathy Ashok

December 31, 2016 will go down in the memories of Bangaloreans as a very sad day to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. A city that always prided itself on being bold, progressive and safe for women proved to be a nightmare. On New Year’s Eve, over 2 lakh people took the Metro and thousands of people converged on […]

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Environment Protection: can we?

By Ananda Gundurao

Recently held Paris summit provided a platform for the Nations of the world to come to agreement on steps necessary to protect our environment by limiting carbon emissions; it aims to limit global warming and its estimated impact by limiting consumption of fossil fuels by the year 2030 and stabilize from thereon. This is a well intentioned statement of intent […]

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Defensive Driving

Road Safety and Me? Must be Kidding

By Ananda Gundurao

Back in 80’s I used to drive with my boss, a man of brilliant mind, to workplace; this was following our decision to share the car on alternate days to save on petrol (mark of patriotism of those times when strife in the Middle East caused petroleum prices to shoot up). Being new to driving, I received a piece of […]

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Fire Prevention

Are our schools safe from fires? What can you do about it?

By Uday Vijayan

A park with a river right next to it. Colourful slides, beautiful wall paintings that encourage communal harmony amongst all, and greenery all around. Who would not want to spend some time in such a park? The answer to this could well be ‘the parents of the 94 children who lost their lives in the tragic fire accident in the […]

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Mobility in Bengaluru

By Bina C Balakrishnan

In the transportation context, mobility refers to the movement of people. In the 1970’s and 80’s, it was common to hear people ask, “Are you mobile?” or “How mobile are you?” This invariably implied, “Do you have a set of wheels to take you where you need to go?” The reference was invariably to motorised transport, whether 2 wheels or […]

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POCSO through the eyes of a 16 year old

By Maanya Monnanda

The Protection of Child from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has become a commonly heard term when it comes to child safety all over India. Being a 16 year old  it brings me a sense of comfort. But there exists several shortcomings. The first is to understand that POCSO cases need to be handled very differently compared to usual cases. This […]

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Should Mayors be directly elected?

By Mathew Idiculla

A directly elected mayor should be a political option, not a constitutional decree. Each time an Indian city is hit by a major urban crisis, we hear exasperated queries about why our cities are so dysfunctional. While there are multiple reasons for India’s urban woes, one of the underlying problems is the absence of powerful and politically accountable leadership in […]

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Road Transportation Issues in Bengaluru

By Bina C Balakrishnan

Driving on the streets of Bengaluru requires a particular set of skills – and a key skill seems to be how to survive in an environment that does not seem to have any rules! The extreme congestion during peak hours and all day congestion in certain sections of the roads can be categorised under the “3 Es”: Engineering, Education & […]

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CSR Funds Alleviate Traffic Jams at Whitefield, Bangalore

By Keerthi Arvind

Perhaps the best idea to come out of the Government of India in recent times was to require companies (beyond a certain size) to set aside 2% of their post-tax income towards investments of social value. Used properly, this can be a powerful fuel for localities and their corporate denizens to collaborate to solve local problems. We’re seeing some of […]

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Mayors as leaders of Indian Cities

By Varun Panickar

Any avid reader of superhero comic books will tell you that apart from the superhero with supernatural powers, it is the mayor of the city where the tale is set, who wields the most power and authority. These representations of mayors do not stem entirely from the imagination of the comic-book creators but are based on the authoritative figures cut […]

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Beyond Carlton: Born out of an Accident

By Uday Vijayan

Birth is considered a painful process. It however results in a new life being born – a joyous occasion for most. In our case, it was the needless loss of 9 innocent lives on a February 2010 afternoon that gave birth to a citizen-led movement on fire safety. From the ashes of the Carlton Tower fire was born Beyond Carlton, […]

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How Technology can Empower Farmers

By Ananda Gundurao

Correlation between economic opportunities and spread of technology is a well established principle around the world. India, with its exponential rise in the use of wireless telephony matched with rural penetration is on a cusp to provide this economic access to the rural populace. Particularly heartening is the Government’s stated objective to provide broadband digital access through various policy interventions. […]

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A Billion Eyes: It Takes All of US

By Bhavani Seetharaman

The Timetable Every morning I wake up at 6 in the morning to reach work by 9. I catch my bus at roughly 7:30-8 am. I say I do this to avoid the morning traffic, which is partially true, I also come earlier than everyone else because I want to leave earlier. I am scared to leave by 8 or […]

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Justice-Liberty,Equality and fraternity

How do you define your identity as Indian

By Anil Shetty

India, the worlds largest democracy based on the principle of  “of the people, by the people, for the people.” Unity in diversity being the mantra India does not have one single official religion and no one religious text can become holy book for every Indian but yes there is one such book which defines our identity. We ourselves gave this […]

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Understanding the Uber Taxi Rapist

By B.PAC

After the turn of schools in Bangalore, it is now time for the focus to shift on to taxi services (Uber to be specific). For the record, a child protection policy for schools is in the works and likely to roll out soon in Karnataka. Anyways, coming to the recent incident of rape in Delhi, when the news broke out, […]

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Right to Clean Drinking Water

By Kavitha Reddy

Clean drinking water is still a great challenge in the country; in 2008, 96 per cent of urban Indian and 84 percent of rural India had access to improved water averaging to 88 per cent which is a drastic improvement from 72 per cent in 1990. But unfortunately 67 per cent of Indian households do not treat their drinking water, […]

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Vehicle Policy

Non-Motorised Vehicle Policy to Ease Pollution

By B.PAC

Sixty per cent of Chennai civic body’s transport budget will be dedicated to non-motorised transport. Nayantara Narayanan, Chennai is rethinking it priorities. Its municipal corporation, the oldest in India, is creating a network of footpaths, cycle tracks and greenways to encourage residents to walk or cycle and to ease the passage of human-powered transport like cycle rickshaws and pushcarts. The […]

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Black Spots No More

By Akshaya Asokan

Engineer to Civic Hero Mr. Amith Nigli, a BCLIP2 participant; initially an engineer by profession was urging towards improving the quality of education in the city. This gave birth to “Niglis Preschool”; the school looks to enhance the quality of primary education by providing personalized care and support that encourages overall child development. After making a mark with children, he […]

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Towards more Professionalism in Governance

By Muralidhar Rao

Exasperating – BBMP’s net property tax payment experience From 1st April, when BBMP’s property tax collection was set in motion, I had been mentally girdling myself up to undertake the task of making the payment on the net, the past experiences having been not too happy, to say the least. Meanwhile, yesterday, there was the following exchange between members of […]

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Woman Being Objectified In The Media

By B.PAC

“The media is the message and the messenger, and increasingly a powerful one.” – Patricia Mitchell, Former President & CEO, PBS The mass media has normalized looking at women’s bodies as objects and we consumers seem not to care. Two weekends ago I was at the NH7 Weekender in New Delhi, moving to the tunes of DJ Nucleya and grooving […]

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Water Sources for Bengaluru City

Bengaluru: Water Matters

By Kavitha Reddy

Quenching Bengalureans’ thirst and supplying tap water to the city is the most expensive affair, and is dipping into the BWSSB finances on a daily basis.A hike in water rates by the BWSSB is always condemned, followed by a massive outrage in the media, and then it ends in political fireworks and a price roll back. Everyday 900-1000 Million Litres […]

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The Earth Warriors

By B.PAC

Ravi Kumar S, a dynamic, young man had an interest to indulge in causes of social relevance. This made him give up a plush corporate job at Standard Chartered and make a career jump He was very recent conferred with the Bangalore Youth Icon Award for his relentless efforts in the area of solid waste management (SWM)that was very unlikely […]

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Stop Violence against women

I will Not be just Another Crime Report

By B.PAC

I was interning in Bangalore during May-June 2014, staying in this PG in Shanthi Nagar. I had acquired the place by pre-paying a sum of INR 9,500 for a two sharing bedroom with a TV and breakfast-lunch and dinner facilities. I was appalled at what happened when I got there. On this one day my manager let me go by […]

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A Walk through the streets of Manhattan…

By B.PAC

It’s a clear blue sky this Monday 30th Sept morning and promises to be real pleasant with temperatures in the 70s. We are staying at an apt on the corner of 60 St West and Amsterdam Ave. There is repair / replacement work of water pipelines on 60th street between West End Ave and Columbus Ave. At several places a […]

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Paedophilia

Paedophilia at our doorstep!

By Harish Bijoor

This vandal act in a Bangalore school is a crime that opens our eyes in many different ways. It tells us that we are a “Big City” with typical “Big City” problems gnawing at all of us. It opens our eyes to the fact that even our little ones are not away from the dirty touch of such acts. In […]

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It shouldn’t hurt to be a child…

By B.PAC

Okay, here’s a rapid-fire: 1. What is the most dreaded question to a parent from a child? 2. What is the question that most parents avoid answering directly? 3. What is the topic that parents always hope their children will get to know through some other means but not from them? 4. What is the topic that always gets communicated […]

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Safety for Women-B.SAFE

Do you want to be the change?

By B.PAC

All of Bangalore was rocked last week by the shocking news of an innocent six-year old being raped in her school. Our newspapers scream child rape and molestation every single day. Not to mention women being raped in every corner of the country. Only, they scream from the pages that do not technically make “headlines”. So, what was different about […]

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Speak Out

By B.PAC

I’m 30 years old. I’m a travel columnist who has had the fortune to travel widely across South-East Asia, Central America and India. Many a time, readers ask me how my family and I were brave enough to live in El Salvador or travel to Nicaragua. “Aren’t they dangerous places?” They ask.Sure, some of the regions we’ve visited do have […]

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