Articles by Sujit Patwardhan

Sujit Patwardhan is a founder member and Trustee of Parisar, a Pune-based civil society organization working on lobbying and advocacy for sustainable development, including preservation of heritage. Sujit has also served on the Urban Heritage Committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation.

When things don’t work well its always tempting to say “Let’s privatise”, though the experience of privatisation hasn’t been all that great – particularly when dealing with public facilities like health, public transport, water supply or waste disposal. The same logic seems be at work with the recently announced policy of the Government of India to allow privatisation of urban heritage, a move that has evoked extreme reaction from both ends of the spectrum. Some believe privatisation will be a good way to increase efficiency and generate income while others see it as a step signifying abdication of responsibility by…

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