Monthly Archives: April 2011

Day 73- General comment – We have to be counted before we count !


The Census of India 2011, Preliminary Results are out! I am an ardent admirer of India’s mega administrative exercises – the Decennial Census, the General Elections, the Pulse Polio Campaign, the Total Literacy Movement, etc.  The sheer scale of these … Continue reading

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Days 71-72 Dhaka, Bangladesh


Prof Yunus and I in Dhaka on Apr 11, 2011 Apart from offering our solidarity and conveying the sentiments in our letter below on behalf of the world microfinance community, I also discussed a number of issues with Prof Yunus, … Continue reading

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Day 66-68 Bhitiharwa Ashram, Champaran, Bihar


My Invitation to Bhitiharwa Ashram, Champaran, Bihar, which I sent to about 40 selected people. About 25 came and the responses of some of them after the visit are given below: Dear Friend As you know, I have been on a … Continue reading

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Days 55-62 March End Break


I had taken all of the last week as a a break from the Shodh Yatra, to be in Delhi, Mumbai and  Hyderabad, to attend to work related to “year closing” since the fiscal year ends on March 31. As … Continue reading

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Day 49 North East beginning with Guwahati and Shillong


The northeastern states of India – Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh, the Seven Sisters, as they are called, with the addition of the little brother, Sikkim,  are remote from the rest of India, and not very … Continue reading

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Days 42,43, 63, 64, 67 Bihar


We stopped by at the Museum in Vaishali an walked through the exhibition in half an hour. The capital city of the Licchavis,  Vaishali was the most important centre of governance, commerce, culture and religion  from the sixth to the … Continue reading

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