Articles by V Santhanam

V C Santhanam is a civic activist. He has been engaged in social service for over five decades. He has been recognised for his work by various organisations and conferred awards such as the Jamshedji Tata Award and the Sewaratna award among other honours.

A famous colloquialism in Tamil about the need for protests translates roughly to say only a baby who cries gets the milk. In my many years of civic activism in Chennai and its suburbs, I have come to realise that constant vigilance and readiness to speak up for our needs are key tenets to achieving our objectives to improve the city and quality of life in the city. While much has changed, what remains constant is the need to raise our voices collectively to demand better from the powers that be.  Protests alone will not fix issues we face in…

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