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Extended Reading About the Author
Having embarked on his journey in the development sector by living and working for several years among remote forest based tribal communities in the southern Indian district of Mysuru, Dr. R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a widely respected development activist, leadership trainer, thinker and writer, he has uniquely been able to combine a vast development sector experience with studying and teaching at the world’s leading schools of policy and development including Harvard and Cornell Universities.
He has also been a special investigator for Lokayukta Karnataka in addition to holding membership & consulting positions in government bodies and commissions, academic boards and development agencies.
Dr. Balasubramaniam, the founder of SwamiVivekananda Youth Movement and Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement embodies a rare blend of grassroots and macro perspectives on development and pohcy through his multi – faceted experience of more than three decades, which is well reflected in the book.
Extended Reading Summary
The essay “An Identity for Akkamma’ is written by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam. He is the founder of Swami Vivekananda movement and grassroots research and advocacy movement. The of the grassroot people, through the identity crisis of Akkamma. Akkamma was from the Jenukuruba community of Bavikere tribal colony. She was an active member of women’s self – help group. She had her team mates were well – versed about government (PDS).
She knew that she was entitledto get an“Antyodaya” card, (Ration card’s for below poverty line people) which entitled her family to receive twenty nine kilograms of subsidized food grains at a near by PDS shop. But Akkamma had to prove her eligibility with the necessary documentation.
When she approached the concerned officials at Heggadadevanakote taluk headquarters for the documentation, she was told to produce an affadivit to prove her identity as Akkamma. Akkamma felt the request quite strange, and in her confusion, she had called Poshini, on the phone, to kno w why she had to prove her identity. She wanted to know why a person unknown to her could prove and establish her identity and why the government trusted an ‘affidavit’ purchased for a hundred rupees butnot her word of mouth.
These questions of Akkamma led the author to ponder that “Can one’s identity be established at a price?” Is There a price for citizen-ship? What does ‘entitlement’ mean?