24 January, 2021

Assembly Line Philanthropy

Laud, not lambast, civil society-private sector social initiatives

Sanjay Rawat
Assembly Line Philanthropy
outlookindia.com
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The ‘Anna phenomenon’ has inarguably changed our lives forever. Persuasive and reasoned arguments can be made as to whether it’s been for the better or the worse. Amid the heat and dust, the public discourse was dominated by a few phony arguments, which were even antithetical to the idea of representative democracy. Significant responsibility for this lies with the media as it focused on these erroneous debates. Outlook too surprisingly fell prey to this trend by legitimising a bogus debate (Flowing the Way of their Money, September 19). The article appears balanced, but is not able to justify the relevance of the debate it raises. The debate has become jaded and is, at best, of tactical value in intra-civil society struggles for greater legitimacy and credibility.

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