Venkatesh Nayak is with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi. Its Twitter handle is @CHRI_INT
Both water and information controlled by governments and their agencies are public goods. They must be readily accessible to the people on demand. Nobody should be allowed to claim proprietorial rights over either of them. Yet the CIC brushed aside all these arguments and ruled in favour of continued secrecy.
Unsurprisingly, the government has repeatedly refused to disclose details about the November 2016 demonetisation exercise, despite it attracting enormous public support. The citizenry is required to applaud and cheer every decision but it simply cannot be trusted with the details of the decision making process, it seems
A comprehensive analysis of the big problem areas in the activists draft of the Lokpal bill
Writer-scholar Rana Safvi says it is imperative for Delhi to hold on to its cosmopolitan culture. Her latest book "The Forgotten Cities of Delhi" emerges at a time when there is a brazen attempt to re-write Indian history with demonisation of the Mughals.