HYDERABAD: Happy citizens make a happy city. We are vibrant country and we all must feel happy that we have achieved so much in such a short time,” said Jayaprakash Narayan, statesman and leader of Lok Satta party at Conclave recently. The event was organised with the aim to spark conversation, connection and networking among public-spirited citizens and local heroes who have done pioneering work in the social space. Vision India Foundation alumnus from Vision India Foundation organised the first edition with support from ISB Hyderabad. The theme was ‘Urban Governance’ and it featured a curated list of storytellers narrating their journeys in instrumenting change. Comprising of messages by Guests of Honor, Keynote speakers and Unsung Heroes, it was an evening of inspiration and learning.
Guests of Honor Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, founder Loksatta, and FDR spoke about the effective enforcement and challenges involved in the urban governance, talked about the perseverance needed to aspire for a better change. Avinash Mohanty, IPS Officer-Crime Branch. Spoke about the pulls and pushes, dichotomy involved in the governance. “Do what you are expected to do as a citizen”
Vishala Reddy, Founder of IdentCITY, shares her journey of bringing about the innovations in Urban Planning and creating a platform for various stakeholders to come together. Gangadhara Tilak Katnam, retired railway employee, Road Doctor. Filled up 1300+ potholes.
He is the witness of the famous quote “our lives begin to end the day; we become silent about things that matter”- spoke about attitudinal change, which should come among the people. As part of the Unsung Heroes, the forum introduced youngsters who are making a difference. Vijay Mallangi, shared his story of influencing change by increasing citizen engagement and active participation. N S Prasad, Climate Change activist talked about leading a happy life being intellectually rich and materialistically poor.
Kaushik Sharma shared his legal battles to bring about the long-time impact. He fought on the Fluorosis
issue prevalent in some of the states of Telangana, also he approached Tribunal on waste dumping yard issues. Anshul Sinha impressed everyone with his candid speech. Full of challenges, his creative journey of bringing the change via the medium of movies and documentary was very inspiring.
Organizing Team: Alumni of Vision India Foundation who aspire to become the change agents come together for a common cause to interact with the change agents in the space of urban governance. The organising team led by Bhaarath, a Chartered Accountant by profession whi believes that welfare the joint responsibility of the government and citizens and needs complementary and synchronized efforts for efficacy. Venkat is Currently working as Teaching Assistant in the Marketing, and Entrepreneurship areas at Idian School of Business (ISB-Hyderabad) was another key member.