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    #VInitasPune: Financial Problems And Mobile Addiction Leading To Increased Suicides?

    Camouflaged amidst the glitz and the glamour of the pubs and jazzy malls, lies a worrying increase in mental health issues and suicides, seemingly caused by financial problems and addiction. We need to ponder over these factors, which is still at a micro level but certainly needs attention. A couple of days back, I received a sms stating that, `a man commits...

    • 4 days ago
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    An Agenda For Sustainable Development- Assuming That We Are Serious About It!

    Those who are part of government have great belief in the ability of governments to accomplish development and even sustainable development. Those who have been studying development, sustainable development, and complex systems believe otherwise. The World Commission on Environment and Development was one which expressed its concerns, more than 33 years ago, in the...

    • 5 days ago
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    #VinitasPune: How The Mobile Killed Pune's Trademark Katta Culture

    The silent conversations through WhatsApp messages have linked friends and families together in cyberspace, but those real life discussions on street platforms called kattas which was the USP of Pune's social and intellectual culture, seem to have been marginalised. Pune, the city of intellectualism, activism and social reformism was known for its `katta culture.' ...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    #VinitasPune: Can't We Do Better With Sarasbaug, Smart City?

    The most sought after public garden, the Sarasbaug, where thousands of Puneites throng every day, is a manifestation of all that's sloppy with the civic authorities that manage it. On the 1st of January of every year, thousands of families flock to Sarasbaug to pay obeisance to the benevolent deity of Lord Ganesha and relax in its lawns. This year too, the evening was...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Our Future Is At Stake- Time To Reshape And Restructure For Common Purpose

    "You are anti-development" they said angrily, "You are opposed to development. You don't want any development projects". She looked back at him, astonished, not knowing where to start. Her eyes betrayed the hurt, the pain and agony. Her friend looked at them. Then he looked at her. He looked back at them. "The 'environment' is...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    #VinitasPune: The Decade Ends- Here's What's Hot and What's Not In Pune

    Let's look at what changed and what didn't in our city, known for its citizen alertness on one side and good, bad and ugly governance on the other. It's funny to begin an assessment of a decade with this example but it truly reflects the growing trend of government officials in Pune going that extra mile to address citizens' issues. Just last week, I...

    • 3 weeks ago
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    Respecting Shared Ecosystems- The True Measure Of Success

    It's the end of the year. Humans look at the passing of a year as their accomplishment. They even celebrate birthdays at the end of every year since the day that they were born. They count time, as if it were their accomplishment, even when they had nothing to hold it still or to make it move! No wonder, they get it all wrong. They do not celebrate their relationships with each...

    • a month ago
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    On Exploding Engines And More

    It has been, dear reader, a while. Well, it has been a while on two accounts, actually: one, been a while since I wrote this column. My apologies, but if you know me at all, the wonder isn't that I didn't write this last couple of weeks - the wonder is that I was as regular as I was until then. Second, it has been a while since I wrote about the gift that doesn't stop giving, otherwise known as...

    • a month ago
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    #VinitasPune: Speaking Up Is An Integral Puneri Trait

    Eminent, Pune based industrialist, Rahul Bajaj, sharing stage with BJP leaders, Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman, spoke his mind about public fearing to criticise the government. He is not the first one but we all need to learn from those who speak their mind for the good of the society What stalwart industrialist, Rahul Bajaj, of Amche Pune said at The Economic Times ET Awards...

    • a month ago
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    How Would You Evaluate The Governance Record Of Governments?

    A lot depends on how you think. Here's a simple test you can take to discover your thought process and how that affects the way you evaluate he governance record of your government. A certain government is habituated to spending more and more tax money. What additional information do you need to predict that a) this will lead to over taxing the people b) this will lead to the...

    • a month ago

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