Fallen Angels: A Case for Social Journalism and Counter Communication

Democracy promises visibility to every citizen. Visibility provides the opportunity to identify and fulfill the needs of individuals, invest and support their aspirations, design and control policy to address gaps, and protect and promote certain values...

Dr Kota Neelima
Author, Political Scientist, and Researcher
Founder and Director of Institute of Perception Studies (IPS), Delhi

Disempowering Millions of Dreams

Inspire! (July 23, 2020) To most Indians, August 5, 2019 was about a cherished goal of the RSS and the BJP. The abrogation of Article 370 and revocation of autonomy for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir was about making J&K part of the mainstream, more like other states. This is how integration would be achieved. The time for appeasement was over. This broad narrative pushed by the ruling establishment carried the day. However, the actions of that day constituted a significant blow to India’s federal structure. But in what way do the actions of that day impact the lives of ordinary Indians? Does August 5, 2019 matter beyond partisan jubilation or depression? Does it really matter for India’s future? At an individual level, what does it matter to a citizen? There are no easy answers to these weighty questions of constitutional principles and propriety. However, there will certainly be consequences at different levels and not always in ways that we imagined.

Federalism &“New India’s” Centralization Theme

Salman Anees Soz
Dy Chairman, AIPC & Regional Coordinator, AIPC North Zone

They Flattened Our GDP, Not the Covid-19 Curve!

The Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown announced by the government have been an unprecedented double whammy for India. While the number of Covid-19 cases is rising every day, the forecast is that the economy is likely to further shrink this year....

Shri Rahul Gandhi, Former President, INC in Conversation with Shri Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Auto

Destination India’s Soul

In 1995 the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. took place to promote African American unity and family values. Estimates of the number of marchers, most of whom were men, ranged from 400,000 to nearly 1.1 million, making it, at the time, the largest gathering of its kind in American history.

Bharat Jodo: Marching the Nation Away from Bigotry & Hatred

Mohan Kumaramangalam
President, AIPC Tamil Nadu

India’s Dwindling Middle Class: A Red Flag for Our Future

In April 2021, the New York Times reported on the devastating toll of Covid-19 on India’s middle class. 1 The report starts with the story of Ashish Anand, a former flight attendant and fashion designer who borrowed money and put his life savings into setting up a clothing shop in outer Delhi. This was in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck India. Two months later, Anand shut his shop down, his dream falling apart. The New York Times published a picture of Anand’s family. In the picture, the beautiful kids are eating a meal.

Salman Anees Soz
Dy Chairman, AIPC & Regional Coordinator, AIPC North Zone

Chhattisgarh: People−focused Governance

Chhattisgarh stands out as a true success story in mitigating the spread of the Covid-19 virus. In medical terms, the infection and mortality rate due to the virus have been low in this state. Importantly, the people−centric and innovative initiatives of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel’s governmen....

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Hon’ble Shri Bhupesh Baghel in Conversation with Dr Shashi Tharoor, Chairman, AIPC

Prophylactics, Cures, and Vaccines: The Fight Against Covid-19

How soon will we have a treatment for Covid-19? All of us want an answer to this. Dr Shashi Tharoor posed this question to Dr Kiran Mazumdar−Shaw, a leading figure in the pharmaceutical industry and one of the few people with access to information and updates in this regard, during an online public interaction with her on the topic....

Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and Managing Director, Biocon in Conversation with Dr Shashi Tharoor, Chairman, AIPC

The Last Stand: Are India’s MSMEs Fighting a Losing Battle?

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises also known as the MSME sector is an important pillar of the Indian economy and contributes greatly to its growth. The sector has been able to provide employment to around 120 million persons and contribute around 45 percent of the overall exports from India.