September 14, 2014
Copy of my email circulated widely yesterday. Feel free to share this blog post widely.
Dear Friends (I’m also addressing those bcc.d)
I’ve recorded two short videos today – on what a government should do and what it should not. I’ll make around ten or so more videos, one each on major policy areas. Do provide feedback.
and (4 minutes)
2) SKC agenda:
I had sought comments on the draft Sone Ki Chidiya agenda by 30 September. I have received numerous comments which I’ve now reviewed and incorporated into the next draft [I am unable to share the tracked changes version on the blog]. The ‘clean’ Word and PDF versions can be downloaded from here: http://sonekichidiya.in/. If you haven’t sent your comments yet, please do so by 30 September, to allow me time to revise the document for printing.
3) Invitation to endorse the agenda
If you broadly endorse the agenda and are happy to have your name published as a supporter of the agenda, please write directly to me (email@example.com). We will print 1000 copies of the agenda for distribution to the media. Together we’ll make the agenda even better in the coming months/years.
4) In revising the agenda I reviewed Kumaraswamy’s recent book on governance reforms (see my review) and Prof. PV Indiresan’s policy reform book/ articles (see review here). I’m currently reviewing Madhav Godbole’s Good Governance: Never on India’s Radar, and will review Bibek Debroy’s Getting India Back on Track before the agenda is prepared for print. Do alert me to any other good book I should review.
I was happy that Prof. PV Indiresan promoted state funding of elections, school choice, shift to urbanisation, and many good things which are already part of the SKC agenda. He would surely have supported this work.
5) On a related note, I’m now developing RTI applications regarding Ramdev’s business empire. I had requested Ramdev to provide me relevant information, which he did not. Now it is time for RTI. Please volunteer to assist me if you have some time. For the good of the country one hopes Ramdev is an honest man, but given the information I’ve received from multiple sources, it is necessary for me to personally confirm this.