Let’s Talk

“RTI – A key tool in democracy”

Apr 29, 2021

6 PM – 7 PM IST


Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya
Former Executive Editor, NDTV

About the event

If data is the new oil, then Right to Information (RTI) is the democratic vehicle that drives accountability and promotes good governance, by enhancing people’s participation. Today, more than ever, there is a dire need for greater voluntary disclosure of information held with public authorities.

Touted to be the most empowering and progressive legislation passed in post-Independent India, this panel discussion focuses on how effective RTI was in doing away with the old mindset regarding secrecy of government processes and transactions, and strengthening the voice of citizens demanding information under the RTI Act.

‘Let’s Talk Policy’ is a panel discussion series initiated by Kautilya School of Public Policy, that brings forth a select group of panellists, sharing differing views on key issues of national and global relevance, and building the dialogue into a conversation for the student community.

The series aims to unravel major themes around democracy, politics, and human rights, and explore the challenges and rewards of implementing practices. We aim to create a cohesive platform and call on thematic experts to foster a healthy dialogue around the most-pressing issues.

About the panellists

Nidhi Razdan

Visiting Faculty, Kautilya &
Fmr. Exec. Editor NDTV


Nidhi Razdan (Moderator) is an award-winning journalist, author and the former Executive Editor of…

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Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayana

Founder, Lok Satta Party; Gen. Secy.,
Foundation for Dem. Reforms


Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayana is a former Indian public administrator and a columnist. He is the…

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Himanshu Jha

Faculty, Dept. of Pol. Sc.
Heidelberg Univ., Germany


Himanshu Jha teaches in the Department of Political Science at the South Asia…

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Anjali Bhardwaj

Co-Convenor, Natl. Campaign
for People’s Right to Information


Anjali Bhardwaj is a social activist working on issues of transparency and accountability…

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  • Young Indians, passionate about bringing about positive change and building India
  • Those aspiring to build a career in public life, public policy and administration, social sector, media, journalism and communications, politics, and other related fields
  • Academicians, researchers and journalists working in or following the fields mentioned above

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