How RTI changed the face of investigative journalism in India, forever… The RTI Act has helped investigative journalism in getting information that otherwise would have been almost impossible to unearth despite legal provisions. Using the storyline approach, the author, through his own experiences, unravels how news was collected through persistent efforts using RTI, how the stories evolved, and how the subject was followed up keeping an eye on the rightful impact. Hence the emphasis is less on theory and more on practical aspects, making the book ‘a story behind India's biggest news stories’.
Chapter 8: Light Every Corner: RTI Everywhere in the Government
Light Every Corner: RTI Everywhere in the Government
Citizens should not only have the right to get copies of documents but also ask question and demand accountability from public authorities, because the right to ask questions is the very foundation of democracy and it will reinforce their faith in democracy…. If we limit RTI just to reply to questions, there will be no changes in governance. We have to analyse the RTI questions and ponder whether there is need to make changes in policy matters.1
—Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, on annual CIC conference on October 16, 2015
Breaking of Jan Dhan Story
It was a usual meeting with one of the senior officers of a public sector bank. I met ...