MIT Bush Room (10-105)
77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge MA
The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia presents
A talk by Aruna Roy
Transparency and Accountability in Governance: Current Challenges in India
Aruna Roy is an Indian political and social activist (and former member of the Indian Administrative Service) who founded the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana (“Worker-and-Peasant Power Union”). She was a prominent force behind the Right to Information (RTI) movement in India, which led to the enactment of the Right to Information Act in 2005. She has also has helped shape the rural jobs program (the MNREGA) and a food-security bill.
Among numerous awards and felicitations, in 2000, she received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, and in 2011, she figured in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
Association for India’s Development (AID)
South Asia Forum at MIT