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Building a Union of Street Vendors in Bengaluru

Bengaluru   I had a long list of things I needed to get done on this trip to India, catch up with Dharmendra Kumar in Delhi on our progress at blocking multi-brand retail in Delhi and stopping foreign direct investment, state by state, and evaluate our growing, alliance with hawkers, and my coming visit with Vinod [...]

Stiglitz Opposes India FDI Modifications, Walmart Admits Knowledge of Bribes

Professor Joseph Stiglitz

New Orleans    Talking to ACORN India’s Mumbai Director Vinod Shetty via Skype on Tuesday, he could hardly wait to tell me about the news headlines all over the country as Nobel prize winning, former World Bank economist Joseph Stiglitz added his voice to our longstanding opposition to Prime Minister Singh’s unilateral actions [...]

Fight Over Foreign Retail (Walmart!) Entry into India Enters a New Stage

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

New Orleans      Desperate to hold onto power with national elections coming in 2013 and beset by crises over coal, telecom, and slowing growth, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, announced modifications in foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail, potentially paving the way for Walmart, Carrefour, Tesco, Metro, and other multi-national companies [...]

Dharavi Rocks

Our most popular project of ACORN Foundation (India) is Dharavi Rocks.   Dharavi Rocks works with children who work as ragpickers (waste collectors) and live in the slums to teach them music.  The kids make drums from plastic boxes and tins.   This is footage of Dharavi Rocks’ rehearsals captured by ACORN India in Mumbai in [...]

India for my Father in Pictures

Mumbai    In our continuing quest to communicate here is something of a photographic essay on some of the things I’m taking away from my last 11 days in India as I head back to the states, that I thought I would share, and that I hope you enjoy and feel like you were with me:

Every dawn [...]

Big Claims and Baby Steps for Corporate Social Responsibility in India

CSR wall painting at Xavier Institute of Engineering

Mumbai    A week ago in Delhi I read an interesting argument on the op-ed page of the Economic Times by Kiran Karnik in which he argued that businesses in Indian needed to start going beyond the simple limits of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and begin a direct [...]