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Book “Voices from the Grassroots” launched
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Book “Voices from the Grassroots” launched

Prof. Niranjana Vanalli (centre), former Registrar, Music University and Professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Mysore, seen releasing the book “Voices from the Grassroots” authored by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam (extreme left), founder of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) and Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM), at the Wind Chimes Hall…

Book release on Aug. 1
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Book release on Aug. 1

Bengaluru: Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM) has organised a function to release the book ‘Voices from the Grassroots’ by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, Founder, SVYM, Mysuru, at Indian Institute of World Culture, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, on Aug.1 at 5 pm. Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda will be the chief guest and release the book. Former…

India’s population challenge…Is there a way out?
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India’s population challenge…Is there a way out?

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Events in India hardly get reported in global media.  But what found space in many of the world’s newspapers and televisions were images of smog-filled Delhi and streets clogged with thousands of vehicles.  And as usual, we saw the blame game enacted by our politicians, schools closed down, the National Green…

A path-breaking transition…
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A path-breaking transition…

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Fourteen saree-clad women in a busy shopping mall in Mysuru are not normally noticed by too many people or they do not make headlines. One can agree that this is not breaking news or something that one talks about. But what makes it special is that these women were all in…

Democracy and Development
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Democracy and Development

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Democracy is increasingly being understood in India as elections and voting.  The larger role of citizen engagement and the importance of several democratic institutions in ensuring good governance is rarely internalised by many. Democracy can be meaningful and productive for the people only when institutions that are created by the legislative…

Making Indian Democracy Dance !
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Making Indian Democracy Dance !

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam India is not only the largest democracy in the world but is also known as one of the noisiest and unhealthy ones.  Whatever it is, the events of the last couple of months is something that will make Indian democracy qualify as a ‘ugly’ one too.  We always knew that the…

Anna Bhagya: Government needs to view this  Scheme as a critical tool to fight against poverty
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Anna Bhagya: Government needs to view this Scheme as a critical tool to fight against poverty

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Food subsidisation and public distribution systems are the cornerstone for the assessment and eradication of food insecurity in India. While the Government of India passed the National Food Security Bill, the Government of Karnataka has implemented a revised food distribution system, known as the Anna Bhagya Yojana from May 2015. Under…

And I was ordained a Jenukuruba…
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And I was ordained a Jenukuruba…

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Caste and religion has today become an inseparable part of the daily discourse.  Whether it is a discussion around a marriage in the family, or renting out one’s house or the politics of the nation, we seem to have reconciled to this being a part of our DNA. While some of…

Seeing God in Man…
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Seeing God in Man…

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam This incident happened a few years ago. I was walking towards Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama in Mysore and was waiting at a signal-light to cross the road. Being a 4-way junction, the wait seemed to be a long one. It was then that I noticed a middle-aged woman selling bananas by the…

The joy of giving…
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The joy of giving…

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.  — Kahlil Gibran Running a non-profit is not as easy as it sounds.  Apart from the image that the sector generates, the constant uncertainties of funding and resource mobilisation, the lack of high-quality talent, the changing demands of…

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