I am delighted to share with you an exciting development at our end. Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan’s work has been published in one the leading publications on democracy, Journal of Democracy.
Over the last two years, Swati and Ramesh have spent a month each year, as visiting fellows at the Centre for Contemporary South Asia, Watson Institute for Public and International Affairs, Brown University in USA. These month long stints have allowed them to take a step back from work and synthesise some of their ideas, one of which, The Impact of Instant Universal Suffrage was published in Journal of Democracy’s July issue, as part of 8 papers compiled under a special for India’s Democracy at 70. Their work has potential implications of how to understand state capacity and nation-building in new democracies.
This issue brings to you significant updates on our work in the last month. Your thoughts are invaluable to us. Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you posted!
Bangalore Traffic Police’s Public Eye app developed by Janaagraha wins the People’s Choice Award at Global App Summit and Award
The Global App Summit and Awards (GASA) brought together more than 100 app developers, technologists, top executives and marketers from 16 countries. Public Eye app developed by Janaagraha that enables citizens to report traffic rule violations won the People’s Choice Award. GASA chairman C R Venkatesh said that the Public Eye app is a major milestone in mobile apps technology. (Read the article on Deccan Herald).
We are back with Kaapi with a Cop Season 2!
Kaapi with a Cop (KWC) started last year as a series of informal conversations between a group of citizens and the top Cops. We think it really helps to bridge the gap between the citizens and police. It is Kaapi time with Sri Praveen Sood, IPS, Bengaluru City Police Commissioner. Watch his candid conversation with us over a cup of coffee.
I Change My City to launch an exclusive app for Elected Representatives
With this, we have taken a step further in using technology to enhance transparency and accountability in urban local governance. The intent is to enable direct dialogue between citizens and local authorities. The plus point is that, with this app an ER can directly acknowledge a grievance on the application and enable faster resolutions by routing citizens to specific civic agencies/ departments.