Theme- Urban Governance and Citizenship

Session: Deep Dives

Topic: Formal structure of citizen participaiton
Topic: Role of Civil Society in Urban Governance
Topic: E-Governance
Topic: The State of Citizenship in India
Chair: Amita Bhide

Session: Plenary

Topic: Urban Electoral Reforms
Topic: Urban Inclusion and Governance
Topic: Governance in Mega Cities
Dr Kripa Ananthpur
Dr Kripa Ananthpurwill Chair the “Formal structure of citizen participaiton” deep dive session. She is currently an assistant professor at Madras Institute of Development Studies. She has a Ph.D in Development Studies from the University of Mysore and works in the broad area of governance and civil society. Her work has a special focus on the interface between customary and formal local institutions of governance, and she has contributed to books and articles in this field.
She centres her research on the ways in which units of local governance interact with, and are influenced by, long standing customary institutions and its impact on the process of local governance in general and the poor in particular. Her work experience includes research in India and abroad including South Africa.
Sameer Sharma Abstract
As Municipal Commissioner, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporartion (GHMC) Dr. Sameer Sharma has focused on adapting municipal public policy to the meet the challenges of a growing city. He is a strong advocate for increasing efficiency through technology - for example, using the camera of the mobile phone to make municipal managers more accountable and bottom-up decentralization through establishment of ward committees. Dr. Sharma received his PhD in urban development at the University of Cincinnati and specializes in globalization, metropolitan development, e-governance, and resource mobilization for cities. In addition, Dr. Sharma is a notable contributor to the Economic Times of India and has published more than 20 articles in the last four years and in September 2011 he addressed the Global Mayors Forum at Columbia University, New York.
M Rajamani Abstract
Neera Chandhoke
Neera Chandhoke is Professor of Political Science, University of Delhi, and Director of the Developing Countries Research Centre, University of Delhi. She received her M.A degree (1968) and her PhD (1984) from the University of Delhi. Her main teaching and research interests are Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and the Politics of Developing Societies with special focus on India. She has published three books: The Conceits of Civil Society, 2003 (Delhi, Oxford University Press), Beyond Secularism: The Rights of Religious Minorities, 1999 (Delhi, Oxford University Press), and State and Civil Society: Explorations in Political Theory, 1995 (Delhi, Sage). Furthermore, she has edited three books: Mapping Histories, 2000 (Tulika), Grass-Roots Politics and Social Transformation, 1999 (University of Delhi Press), Understanding The Post-Colonial World, 1995 (Published under the Auspices of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi). Continuously contributing a number of articles to national and international journals she additionally writes regularly for the Indian newspapers on contemporary themes. Currently she is directing two projects: ‘Conflict and Institutional Change in India’ in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science, and ‘Globalization and the State in India’. The latter project seeks to examine the impact of globalization on the capacity of the Indian state to provide basic goods/services to particularly the poorer sections of society. The paper written for the UNRISD project overlaps to a large extent with the concerns of the second project.
Amit Chandra Abstract
Amit Chandra is currently works as Campaign Coordinator for Jeevika: Law, Liberty & Livelihood Campaign with Centre for Civil Society. He has worked as youth mobilizer for past couple of years and has motivated hundreds of youth to take up civil society initiative in their own capacity across the country. He graduated in Commerce and post graduated in Social Work. He has been participant of "International Youth Exchange Program". He worked for campus and community radio of  “Guelph University,Canada” and hosted a show spreading awareness about the availability of various social services in the city. He also worked at grass rout level with "Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses", Hathin, Haryana for assessment of micro financial status of self help groups of women. He is a Think Tank MBA graduate from “Atlas Economic Research Foundation”, USA and graduate of “Globalization and Free Market Economy” from International Academy of Leadership, Germany. He also ha the honour to participate in ”Atals Experience”, an esteemed international conference of think tanks around the world at Niagara on Lake, Canada.
Sanjay Kumar Abstract
Sanjay Kumar has been working at Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan since 2002. He is currently working as Director of Operations. Aashray Adhikar Abhiyan is an organisation which campaigns for the rights of the homeless in Delhi and provides shelters and emergency relief. Aashray Adhikar Abhiyant aims to empower, mobilise and strengthen the capacity of the homeless.
Milind Mhaske/ Nitai Mehta
Milind Mhaskeis the Project Director and founder of Praja Foundation. The foundation is a non-partisan organization in Mumbai started in 1997 with a vision to establish accountability and transparency in governance, and been an advocate of establishing a pro-citizen work ethic at the city government.
Prior to Praja, Milind has an experience of about ten years as a management consultant for both the non-profit sector and the for-profit sectors. In the non-profit sector he has helped set-up and manage social development projects in both urban areas as well as in rural and tribal areas. He has been deeply involved in facilitating approaches to improve civic governance in Mumbai. Milind has studied business management at University of Mumbai.
Nitai Mehtais managing trustee of Praja Foundation.
Patrick Heller Abstract
Patrick Heller is an associate professor in the sociology department at Brown University. His research areas include development, political sociology, and comparative political economy. He has authored "The Labor of Development" (Cornell University Press, 1999) which examines the role of subordinate classes in the transformation to capitalism in the Indian state of Kerala.
Patrick Heller has written on a range of topics on India, including democratic consolidation, the politics of economic transformation, social capital and social movements. He has taught at Brown University, University of Durban-Westville and Columbia University.
His long term project is to re-evaluate the relationship between development, democracy, and civil society by comparing India, Brazil, and South Africa. Patrick Heller holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Vidyashankar
Mr. Vidyashankarwill chair the e-governance deep dive session. Mr. Vidyashankar is the Principal Secretary of the e-Governance Department at the Government of Karnataka. He has a Masters in Economics and M.Phil from Delhi School of Economics at University of Delhi. He has also obtained a Post Graduate degree in Business Administration from Harvard University, USA.
He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1982 and served in different departments in the state government including Rural Development, Revenue, Animal Husbandry, Panchayat Raj, Agriculture and Energy. He also served in the Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances, Government of India.
He was also Chairman, BWSSB from the year 2000 – 2004, was Commissioner, BDA from July 2004 to May 2006, was Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology from October 2006 to March 2008.
Ashok Kamath Abstract
Ashok Kamathgraduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and started to work in the semiconductor industry. He has worked for nearly 25 years , almost all of it for Analog Devices Inc., a Boston based manufacturer of integrated circuits and set up the Indian operations of Analog Devices . In March 2004, he retired as the Managing Director of Analog Devices India and is now focusing full time on social initiatives. He is currently Chair at Akshara Foundation ( ) which is a public-private partnership that aims to have Every Child in School and Learning Well. He is also a Trustee of Pratham Books which is a public charitable trust that publishes low-cost, high-quality books for children in multiple Indian languages (
Srikanth Nadhamuni
Srikanth Nadhamuniis head of the technology department at Unique Authorisation Authority of India (UIDAI) and Co-Founder & Managing Trustee of eGovernments Foundation.
Srikanth is a Silicon valley entrepreneur who has spent 16 years in the US, creating technology solutions at companies such as Sun Microsystems, Intel, Silicon Graphics, WebMD and startup GlobeTrades, having worked in diverse projects such as the Pentium and UltraSparc chips, interactiveTV & Internet technologies. He has worked with NGOs in India for the past 12 years, including serving as President of Indians for Collective Action - a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit that funds NGOs across India.
Amita Bhide
Amita Bhide is the Chairperson of the Center of Urban Planning, Policy and Governance in the School of Habitat Studies at Tara Institute of Social Sciences. She also convenes the Masters programme in Habitat Policy and Practice.
Her work has focused around issues related urban development, urban displacement and resettlement, migration, urban social movements, political economy of urban development and public housing. She has been involved in several Committees of the local and state government in addressing issues of housing and poverty. Dr Bhide is the recipient of the Inaugaral fellowhip of the India China Institute on New School University, New York.
Ashutosh Varshney Abstract
Ashutosh Varshneyis Professor of Political Science at Brown University and the VKRV Rao Chair Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore. He joined the Brown faculty in January 2009. Previously, he taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan. His work has won a number of awards including Guggenheim fellowship and the Carnegie Scholar award winner (2008), Luebbert Prize of the American Political Science Association, and the Daniel Lerner Prize at MIT.
He is currently working on a multi-country project on cities and ethnic conflict, and on the rising North-South economic divergence in India. His research and teaching cover three areas: Ethnicity and Nationalism; Political Economy of Development; and South Asian Politics and Political Economy. His academic papers have appeared across a number of journals/ publications globally and he also contributes guest columns to newspapers and magazines.
He served on the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's Millennium Task Force on Poverty (2002-5). He has also served as an adviser to the World Bank, UNDP and the Club of Madrid.
Siddharth Swaminathan
Siddharth Swaminathanis the Shri R.K. Hegde Chair Professor on Decentralization and Governance at the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore. He has attained a Ph D in Political Science at Claremont Graduate University. Siddharth’s areas of research include comparative political economy and world politics. Siddharth is currently collaborating with Janaagraha and Brown University in developing the Citizenship index.
Dr Rachana Bhangaokar Abstract
Rachana Bhangaokar, Ph. D., is an Assistant Professor at Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Her research interests include cultural psychology, human development across cultures (specifically, moral development) and youth civic engagement. She has been a Fulbright junior research fellow at the University of Chicago, IL, USA (2004-2005). She was the co-investigator for a project funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi (2008-2010) on the development of morality in Indian families.
Yamini Aiyar Abstract
Yamini Aiyar is currently a senior research fellow and director of the accountability initiative being set up at the Centre for Policy Research. The Accountability initiative aims to promote research, innovations and tools to strengthen accountability and citizen’s engagement in India’s governance processes. Prior to joining CPR Yamini was working as an independent consultant providing research and policy support to government, international donors and civil society organizations on governance reform with a focus on issues related to strengthening accountability in basic service delivery. Yamini has also worked with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and Rural Development unit in New Delhi. The focus of her work was on action research aimed at strengthening mechanisms for citizen’s engagement in local government. She was a member of the decentralization team at the World Bank that provided policy support to strengthen Panchayati Raj (local governance) in India. Yamini has also worked on issues related to decentralization and service delivery at the Ford Foundation with the Foundation’s Governance and Civil Society program. Yamini has an Msc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an MA in Social and Political Sciences from St. Edmunds College Cambridge University, UK and a BA in Philosophy from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Mr. TS Krishna Murthy
After completing his studies in University of Mysore/Madras, Mr. TS Krishna Murthydid a Masters in Fiscal Studies at the University of Bath, U.K.  He held the post of Election Commissioner from 2000 to 2004, & thereafter he was the Chief Election Commissioner of India till May 2005, when he oversaw the 2004 General Elections utilising Electronic Voting Machines for the first time in all polling stations.  He has also advised foreign governments on electoral systems, and observed elections for the Commonwealth Secretariat in Africa.He has also undertaken work for IMF in Ethiopia.
Professor Rajeev Gowda Abstract
Professor Rajeev Gowda received a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Professor of Economics and Social Sciences, and Chairperson, Centre for Public Policy, at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. His research interests focus on how people and societies make decisions about risks, and also on Indian politics.
Professor Sandeep Shastri
Professor Sandeep Shastri is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Jain University, and Director, International Academy for Creative Teaching at Bangalore, as well as the National Convenor of the Lokniti Network (Programme for Comparative Democracy). He has also been a Member of the Planning Committee for the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems.
His research interests are in the fields of survey based research, election studies, federalism, and creativity and innovation in teaching.
Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan
Dr. Jayaprakash Narayanis a physician by training, who is currently serving as the president of the Lok Satta Party and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Kukatpally consitiuency in Andhra Pradesh. He started the Lok Satta Movement (people power) in 1997 to educate citizens of India about voting, rights and government.
Lok Satta works on key initiatives like disclosure of candidate wealth and criminal history details, political funding reform, decriminalization of politics, improvement of electoral registration, comprehensive judicial reforms including local courts, and national judicial commission and citizen's charters.
Madhu Kishwar Abstract
Madhu Kishwaris the Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), based in Delhi, and the Director of the Indic Studies Project. Her research at CSDS on the theme “Laws, Liberty and Livelihoods,” is aimed at giving a pro-poor direction to economic reforms in India.
She is also the founder of Manushi Sangathan, an organisation committed to strengthening democratic rights and women’s rights in India. She is the founder editor of Manushi - A Journal About Women and Society that has been published continuously since 1978.
Amitabh Kundu Abstract
Amitabh Kunduis Professor of Economics at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development at Jawaharlal  Nehru University, New Delhi and has been its Dean at the School of Social Sciences. He has been nominated as a member of National  Statistical Commission and served as Director at the National Institute of Urban Affairs, Indian Council of Social Science Research and Gujarat Institute of Development Research. Currently he is chairing several Committees at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation..
Mukesh Kanaskar Abstract
Mukesh Kanaskar is an Additional Director with Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, Mumbai (AIILSG). He coordinates poverty alleviation initiatives of AIILSG and Coordinates National Resource Centre for Urban Poverty Alleviation at AIILSG established by Government of India
He has experience of 20 years in development and inclusion. He was the Director of a European Union supported NGO implemented poverty alleviation project (1996-2004) covering 217 locations, outlay of 19.5 million Euros & team of 220.
M P Vasimalai
M P Vasimalaiis an Executive Director of DHAN (Development of Humane Action) Foundation, a post graduate in Agriculture and a management graduate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has specialised in community organisation, designing development interventions in the fields of natural resource management, livelihood promotion and institutional development. His areas of interest are institution building, leadership development and promoting various development themes for poverty reduction.
Dr A Ravindra
Dr A Ravindra is an advisor on Urban Affairs to the Chief Minister. Previously he served as a Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka. Dr. Ravindra has a Ph.D in Development Studies and has specialized in the urban sector. He has considerable experience in urban practice, having worked as Administrator/Commissioner of the Bangalore City Municipal Corporation, Chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority, CMD, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development& Finance Corporation and Secretary, Housing and Urban Development.
He is credited with a number of urban reform initiatives in Karnataka; in particular, the rationalization of property tax system and introduction of the Self Assessment Scheme and the pioneering effort in mobilization of funds through municipal bonds for infrastructure development in Bangalore. He was instrumental in setting up Swabhimana, a platform of local government and non-governmental bodies to promote public participation in urban governance. As Deputy Chairman, Karnataka State Planning Board, he played a key role in bringing out the Karnataka Vision Document 2020.
Dr. Ravindra also heads an NGO Center for Sustainable Development and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy, IIM, Bangalore. He has written extensively on urban and public policy issues. His publications include Metropolitan Bangalore: A Management Perspective and Urban Land Policy.
Madhu Kishwar Abstract
Madhu Kishwaris the Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), based in Delhi, and the Director of the Indic Studies Project. Her research at CSDS on the theme “Laws, Liberty and Livelihoods,” is aimed at giving a pro-poor direction to economic reforms in India.
She is also the founder of Manushi Sangathan, an organisation committed to strengthening democratic rights and women’s rights in India. She is the founder editor of Manushi - A Journal About Women and Society that has been published continuously since 1978.
Prof. Vijay K Dhar Abstract
Mr. Vijay K. Dhar is a HUDCO Chair Professor at the Institute and has over 30 years professional experience in the field of Urban Planning, Housing and Environment sector. He has a Master Degree in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Town and Country Planning with specialisation in Urban and Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi.
He has initiated, guided and coordinated research on many topics including urban planning, public-private partnership in Land and Housing, urban management, urban poverty and evaluation of Government policies and programmes. He has conducted training programmes on these topics for the state government and municipal officials. He has number of published papers and research reports on the subjects mentioned above. He has published a large number of research based papers in journals of international and national repute. He is a member of various committees constituted in the field of urban housing, land development and urban management.
Chetan Vaidya Abstract
Sunny George Abstract
Sunny George is HUDCO Chair Professor and Head of the Centre for Urban Governance, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), Kerala. He received M.A. in Economics and M.A. in Econometrics from University of Kerala and M.Phil. in Applied Economics and Ph.D. in Industrial Economics from Cochin University of Science and Technology. His areas of interest, in training, research and consultancy, are Local Governance, Participatory Planning, Training and Capacity Building and Managing Development Projects. Apart from conducting various programmes for local governments in Kerala, he conducts training programmes on Participatory Planning and Poverty Reduction for participants from other countries. He has managed several development projects including UNDP-GOI Project on Capacity Building for Elected and Official Functionaries of South Indian States of Kerala, Karanataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Modernising Government Programme (MGP) Initiatives relating to Local Bodies of Kerala, World Bank sponsored Study on Rural Service Delivery in Kerala, World Bank sponsored study on Citizens Report Cards in Kerala, UN-HABITAT’s Leadership and Management Training Programmes for Elected Representatives of Urban Local Bodies in Kerala. He has been coonsultant to Bangladesh for Evaluating the project on ‘Strengthening Local Governments in Bangladesh’ supported by CORDAID and to the Evaluation of ‘Strengthening Rural Decentralisation’ Programme of Government of West Bengal. He has several publications in journals and edited books.
Vivek Mansingh Abstract