BNY in the News

Happiness Galore 
Bangalore Times, 12 January 2015
Snapshots from Kite flying carnival on Church Street. See More
Spirits soar high as kites go up on Church Street 
The Times of India, 11 January 2015
It was one of the prettiest blue skies of this winter. There were pigeons, crows and a couple of eagles hovering around. Soon, kites of varied hues–pink, lavender, topaz, orange, red–soared high. It was Bengaluru’s own version of a kite carnival. The idea was to bring cheer back to the blast hit Church Street. For a lane that was jolted by a tragedy a fortnight ago, it was kind of a comeback. Bengaluru Needs You, an NGO, organized the event over eight rooftops on the iconic road. Read More
Spirits fly high on Church Street 
The Hindu, 11 January 2015
People from all walks of life turned up for ‘Church Street Kite Carnival’ to express solidarity less than two weeks after a low-intensity blast on the road left one person dead. Shruti Kedia, one of the organising members from ‘Bengaluru Needs You’, said they had bought ‘kite kits’ and nearly 250 kites to be distributed. Read More
          Kite Festival conducted in Church Street
TV9, 10 January 2015


ಆತಂಕ ದೂರ ಮಾಡಿದ ಸಂಭ್ರಮ

Prajavani, 11 January 2015

‘ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನೀಡ್ಸ್‌ ಯು’ ಸಂಘಟನೆ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಆಯೋಜಿಸಲಾ­ಗಿದ್ದ ಗಾಳಿಪಟ ಉತ್ಸವದಲ್ಲಿ ಚರ್ಚ್‌ ಸ್ಟ್ರೀಟ್‌ನ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರಿಗಳು, ಉದ್ಯಮಿ­ಗಳು, ರೆಸ್ಟೋರೆಂಟ್‌ಗಳ ಮಾಲೀಕರು, ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಮತ್ತು ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ನಗರದ ವಿವಿಧ ಭಾಗಗಳ ನೂರಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನರು ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು. Read More

Kite Carnival Spreads Cheer, Positivity
The New Indian Express, 11 January 2015
What was the site of a bomb blast a few weeks ago, was a sea of colours filled with laughter as Church Street on Saturday decided to overcome the grim atmosphere that hung over the area. More than 100 people participated in the ‘Church Street Kite Carnival’ aimed at spreading cheer and positivity. The event was organised by ‘Bangalore Needs You’, a citizen’s movement. Read More
Spirits soar high with kites on Church Street 
Deccan Herald, 11 January 2015
More than 100 kite enthusiasts took part in “Church Street Kite Carnival,” organised to erase the  memories of the December 28 bomb attack at the busy and lively road. The event was organised by Bangalore Needs You, a citizens’ movement. Read More
Church Street flies hundreds of kites for peace and harmony in the city
News 9, 10 January 2015

Church Street’s Kite carnival Looks to Lift Spirits After Bengaluru Blast

NDTV, 10 January 2015
The idea was mooted by Congress MP, Rajeev Gowda. “After the bomb blast we felt it was time to come together to lift the spirits of the street and the country. So we are holding this kite carnival on the roofs of buildings on Church Street,” Mr Gowda told NDTV. Read More


Over 150 kites in air to unite Church Street 
The Times of India, 10 January 2015
The Kite Carnival is an initiative to bring the Church Street community and all citizens of Bengaluru together after the recent bomb blast. Read More
Rajeev Gowda pushes for Namma Railu
Deccan Chronicle, 22 December 2014
Rajya Sabha member meets Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and asks for local commuter rail service
Civic issues come to fore 
The Times of India, 8 December 2014
Cycle Day at Malleswaram turned out to be a platform to discuss civic issues. After the rally concluded, a huge map of Malleswaram was put on the wall at the starting point. The map was placed by volunteers of Bengaluru Needs You (BNY), a citizens’ movement.
BNY also exhibited more than a dozen photographs of different parts of the city on the theme ‘How people are using public spaces’.
Citizens’ Group Offers 2-week Internships
The New Indian Express, 11 May 2014
Bangalore Needs You, a citizens’ movement led by Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) M V Rajeev Gowda, has announced a new, two-week long internship called Environmental Action Internship. Read more
Bangalore Needs You launches Environmental Action Internship
One India,  9 May 2014
After the success of the Urban, Civic and Political Action Internships, Bengaluru Needs You is all set to launch its first Environmental Action Internship under the guidance of Prof. Rajeev Gowda of IIM-Bangalore. This two-week long internship is set to commence from the 12 May, 2014. Read more
Political Action Interns participate in television show: Election Express

Headlines Today, 23 April 2014


These Parties Mock and Rock

The Times of India, 15 April 2014

The election heat was on at the Chaape Studio on Church Street. Voters sat on the floor and listened to candidates in amusement. Their blame game was on; pounds of promises were being made. There was no flow of money and liquor, though. It seemed to be serious business out here. Read more


Political Action Interns participate in television debate: Election Mandate 2014

Times Now, 10 April 2014

News 8


Modi’s claims are false: Anand Sharma 

Deccan Chronicle , 10 April 2014

News 7


Modi master of double-talk: Anand Sharma

 DNA, 10 April 2014

Union Minister of commerce and industry Anand Sharma on Thursday dubbed Gujarat chief minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as a master of double-talk and an expert in making utterly false claims.Read more


Political Action Interns interacting with Lok Sabha candidates

Deccan Chronicle, 9 April 2014

News 6


Political Action Interns Decoding Indian Elections 

News 9, 9 April 2014


Safetipin: empowering women to make their world safer 

YourStory, 8 April 2014
We have also launched in Bangalore where we are working with a citizen forum called Bengaluru Needs You. They audit neighborhoods and share the information with the residents for advocacy and improvement of safety. Read more
Political Action Intern’s opinion in the Times of India 

The Times of India, 6 April 2014

NEws 5


ರಾಜಕೀಯಕ್ಕೆ ಯುವಕರು ಬರಬೇಕಿದೆ: Youth should enter politics

Prajavani, 2 April 2014

News 2


Political Action Interns interviewed by Deccan Chronicle 

Deccan Chronicle,  30 March 2014

News 5


Political Action Intern’s opinion in the Times of India 

The Times of India, 30 March 2014

NEws 4


Interning with Politicians 

The Hindu, 30 March 2014

News 1

For a bunch of college students and professionals, the next three weeks will be an eye-opener into the Indian democratic system. As part of an internship programme, these 70-odd youth will get a chance to undertake research and analysis of election-related data. The three-week long ‘Political Action Internship’, to be mentored by Rajeev Gowda of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), commenced here on Saturday. Read more


The Battle for Bengaluru 

NDTV, 29 March 2014


The Political Action inters participated in NDTV show ‘Roadside Politics’. It was meant to raise issues that concerns youth in politics. It was mainly focused on first-time voters, understanding their expectations, their inclusion to NOTA and the importance they place on casting their vote.


Social Media a Destructive Weapon

Deccan Chronicle, 28 March 2014

Gowda Bijoor 1


3-week political internship

Bangalore Mirror, 28 March 2014

In politics, all is not what it appears. There is plenty that goes on behind the scenes. Rajeev Gowda, professor at IIM Bangalore and AICC media panellist, will launch Political Action Internship (PAI) 2014, a three-week internship programme for students keen on learning the ‘art and craft of politics’.
The programme commences March 29 and interns will gain first-hand knowledge on how an election campaign works, right from the initial phase of strategising and campaigning to analysing exit polls, during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. Read more

Kharge okays special agency for commuter rail
Deccan Herald, 10 February 2014
Prof M V Rajeev Gowda — the founder of Bangalore Needs You Foundation, a citizens’ group that has launched a campaign for a commuter railway network for the City — told reporters on Monday that a petition, signed by 40 elected representatives, was submitted to Kharge on Saturday when he inaugurated several amenities at the Banaswadi railway station. Read more
Swalpa Cleanup Maadi at 16th Cross, Vidyaranyapura: ವಿದ್ಯಾರಣ್ಯಪುರ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಆಯ್ತು, ಇನ್ನು ನಿಮ್ಮಿಷ್ಟ!

OneIndia, 30 January 2014

Swalpa Cleanup Maadi

ವಿದ್ಯಾರಣ್ಯಪುರ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಆಯ್ತು, ಇನ್ನು ನಿಮ್ಮಿಷ್ಟ! Posted by: Gururaj Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 18:39 [IST] ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು, ಜ.29 : ಉದ್ಯಾನ ನಗರಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ಸ್ವಚ್ಛ ನಗರಿಯಾಗಿಸಲು ಪಣತೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಪ್ರೊ. ಎಂವಿ ರಾಜೀವ್ ಗೌಡ ಅವರ ನೇತೃತ್ವದ ತಂಡ ಬುಧವಾರ ವಿದ್ಯಾರಣ್ಯಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಅಪ್ ಮಾಡಿ’ ಅಭಿಯಾನವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿತು. ತಂಡ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಸಿದ 13ನೇ ಅಭಿಯಾನವೂ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿ ಮುಕ್ತಾಯವಾಯಿತು. ಬುಧವಾರ ವಿದ್ಯಾರಣ್ಯಪುರದ 16 ಕ್ರಾಸ್ ಎಚ್ಎಂಟಿ ಪಾರ್ಕ್ ಹೊರಗೆ ಪ್ರೊ.ಎಂವಿ ರಾಜೀವ್ ಗೌಡ ತಂಡ ಸ್ಪಲ್ಟ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಅಪ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಅಭಿಯಾನ ನಡೆಸಿತು. ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಶಾಸಕ ಮತ್ತು ಕೃಷಿ ಸಚಿವ ಕೃಷ್ಣಬೈರೇಗೌಡ ಈ ಅಭಿಯಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು. ಬುಧವಾರ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ 7.45ಕ್ಕೆ ಆರಂಭವಾದ ಅಭಿಯಾನ 3.45ಕ್ಕೆ ಅಂತ್ಯವಾಯಿತು. [ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಅಪ್ ಮಾಡಿ` ಅಭಿಯಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಚಾಲನೆ] ಸ್ಪಲ್ಟ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಅಪ್ ತಂಡದ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು ಕೆಲವು ದಿನಗಳಿಂದ ಸ್ಥಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸಿ, ನಿರಂತರವಾಗಿ ಕಸ ಸುರಿಯುವ ಸ್ಥಳವನ್ನು ಹೇಗೆ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಯೋಜನೆ ರೂಪಿಸಿದರು. ಅದರಂತೆ ಬುಧವಾರ ಪ್ರೊ.ರಾಜೀವ್ ಗೌಡ ಸುಮಾರು 30 ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರ ಜೊತೆ ಸ್ಥಳಕ್ಕೆ ತೆರಳಿ ಅಭಿಯಾನವನ್ನು ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳಿಸಿದರು. Read more


Women’s Safety Campaign 2014: Mobile App to Make Public Spaces Safer

The Hindu, 20 January 2014

Do you feel unsafe in certain parts of the city? Is it the lack of streetlights or is the area crowded? Women can now download a mobile application – SafetiPin – on their smartphones and conduct a location-based safety audit. Bengaluru Needs You (BNY), a movement led by its founder M.V. Rajeev Gowda to empower citizens to transform the city, launched the “Women’s Safety Campaign” on Sunday in partnership with “SafetiPin” that is aimed at making public spaces safer for women. Read More


Now an App for Women’s Safety

Deccan Chronicle, 20 January 2014

 Bengaluru Needs You in partnership with Safetipin, an NGO aims to make public spaces safer for women in Bengaluru through an innovative crowd-sourcing mechanism. “It is time that people  step forward and look for solutions collaboratively,” said Rajeev Gowda of Bengaluru Needs You. Read More


Now, A Phone App for Women’s Safety

Deccan  Herald, 20 January 2014

Safetipin, a mobile phone application (app) for the safety of women was launched in the City on Sunday to mark National Girl Child Day. The app, which has been devised through a crowd sourcing mechanism, is currently available on Google Play and Apple App Store and will soon be made available on Windows phone. The application helps one mark circles on a map and pin them with three colours – red, orange and green for unsafe, moderately safe and safe areas respectively. Read More


Urban Action Internship 2014: Youngsters Grapple with City’s Problems

The Hindu, 13 Jan 2014

Citizen's movement meeting

In an attempt to solve the city’s civic issues, a group of students and software professionals will, over the next three weeks, carry out field work at selected localities in Bangalore and also conduct brainstorming sessions to come up with solutions to make the city clean, green and safe. The students will undergo the Urban Action Internship under the banner “Bengaluru Needs You” and will work in teams and engage with civic officials and work on waste management, design of public spaces and urban mobility among others. Read More


Bengaluru Needs You Launches 3-week Urban Action Internship

 One India, 13 Jan 2014

Urban Action Internship

Bengaluru Needs You (BNY), a citizen movement led by IIM-B Professor and AICC spokesperson M V Rajeev Gowda conducted an urban action workshop on Sunday to mark the National Youth Day, which is observed on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda every year. Besides Gowda, eminent speakers like like Nitin Pai, Co-Founder of Takshashila Institution (; K Jairaj, Secretary B-PAC; V Ravichander, Bangalore City Connect Foundation Janaagraha and architect Naresh Narsimhan  addressed the gathering. Read More


Bengaluru Needs You”, a citizen movement, conducted a ‘Swalpa Cleanup Maadi’

The Week, Bangalore, 24 November 2013


With the agenda to stop pointing fingers and taking action, under the leadership of “Bengaluru Needs You” campaign, residents, students and corporators join hands to fix the black spots in the city. One often hesitates when asked to walk down the Bore Bank road as the stench, the filth, the garbage pile on the road becomes a major hurdle for citizens. Following the success of previous efforts at Frazer Town, JC Nagar and RT Nagar, the cleanup drive at Bore Bank Road harnessed the power of the citizens. It reiterated the core belief of the “Bengaluru Needs You” initiative– that lasting change can only occur when citizens collaborate with civic bodies and participate in transformation of the city. Prof. M. V. Rajeev Gowda’s  “Swalpa Cleanup Maadi” initiative took on their 10th location at  Bore Bank Road on 23rd November 2013. Read More


Cleanup Drive Launched on Bore Bank Road

The New Indian Express, 24 November 2013


After successfully cleaning up a number of localities, the ‘Swalpa Cleanup Maadi’ initiative was launched at Bore Bank Road on Saturday to address the problem of uncleared garbage in the area. Residents said uncleared garbage was a long-standing problem affecting everyone. The initiative on Saturday was the 10th Swalpa Cleanup Maadi Drive after efforts in Frazer Town, R T Nagar, J C Nagar and other areas. Read More


Read Maadi, Lead Maadi, Then Swalpa Clean Maadi

DNA, 24 November 2013

Exemplifying how residents can take up matters in their own hands to improve their local and civic conditions, a group of citizens under the guidance of Resurgent India gave an impressive make over to Manorayanapalya, C Main, Chamundi Nagar Main road, in RT Nagar on Sunday. The locality was in a mess for over eight years, when Resurgent India chairman Rajeev Gowda (also professor of public policy, IIM-Bangalore) decided to take the matter with the residents and give the place a make over with their own hands. In association with the ward corporator Foujiya Begum and local residents led by Abdul Wajid, they demonstrated how they could fix the problem with a few hours of hard work after a four-day study on how to tackle the problem. Read More


Report on the Bangalore Needs You – Civic Action Workshop

 BCITY, 14 November 2013

The event ‘Raise Your Voice Bengaluru’, as I understood it, was to bring those concerned people who would like to participate in their own capacity to make our Karnataka a better place for us and our posterity. The lead person of the organizing group Mr. Rajeev Gowda spoke eloquently and sincerely, so too each and every one of the other seven speakers. The message was loud and clear! People come out and participate as rightful citizens of this nation, demand quality in all aspects & demand good governance. Read More


15 Years On, Road Rid of Garbage

Indian Express, 27 October 2013

Although they had seen BBMP cleaning staff go through the motions over the years, residents of R T Nagar 1st Block under Manorayanapalaya ward were used to the overpowering stench of garbage from the ESI Hospital area. However, on Saturday, they heaved a collective sigh of relief as college students and NGOs joined hands to clean the street and clear the garbage near ESI Hospital. The cleaning drive was launched as part of ‘Swalpa Cleanup Maadi’, a campaign headed by Rajeev Gowda, professor of public policy, IIM Bangalore. Gowda said the street had been strewn with garbage for more than 15 years. Read More


ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಅಪ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಅಭಿಯಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಚಾಲನೆ, October 2013

Swalpa Cleanup Madi

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು, ಸೆ.29: ಉದ್ಯಾನ ನಗರಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ಸ್ವಚ್ಛ ನಗರಿಯಾಗಿಸಲು ಪಣತೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಪ್ರೊ. ಎಂವಿ ರಾಜೀವ್ ಗೌಡ ಅವರ ನೇತೃತ್ವದ ತಂಡ ಭಾನುವಾರ(ಸೆ.29) ‘ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಅಪ್ ಮಾಡಿ’ ಎಂಬ ಅಭಿಯಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಚಾಲನೆ ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಸಮಾನ ಮನಸ್ಕ ನಾಗರೀಕರು, ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳ ಜತೆ ಕಾರ್ಪೊರೇಟರ್ ಗಳು ಕೂಡಾ ಈ ಅಭಿಮಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಕೈ ಜೋಡಿಸಿದ್ದು, ನಗರದ ಬಡಾವಣೆಗಳನ್ನು ಗಲೀಜು ಮುಕ್ತಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಯೋಜಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕಸ ಮುಕ್ತ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು : ಬೆಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ಬಹುವಾಗಿ ಕಾಡಿದ ಕಸದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗೆ ನಾಗರೀಕರೇ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಕಂಡುಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಮನಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಮೂಡಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಅಡ್ಜೆಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಎಂಬ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗರ ಕಾಮನ್ ಡೈಲಾಗ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಮನಸ್ಥಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಬದಲಿಸಲು ಪ್ರೊ ರಾಜೀವ್ ಗೌಡ ಅವರು ಯೋಜನೆ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡರು. ಬಡಾವಣೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನೆಲದ ಮೇಲೆ ಕಸ ಹರಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗುವುದನ್ನು ತಪ್ಪಿಸಲು ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಅಪ್ ಅಭಿಯಾನ ಆರಂಭಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. Read More


Platform for Students who Want to Bring a Change

 Times of India, 6 October 2013

BANGALORE: This Dasara holidays, city students can pursue a novel internship where they get to work on civic issues. The opportunity is provided by Prof MV Rajeev Gowda of IIM-Bangalore. Read More


NGO Offers Civic Action Internships

New Indian Express, 6 October 2013

 The NGO, which is headed by Professor M V Rajeev Gowda, announced it aims to involve the youth to deal with civic issues in the city. The NGO describes the internship as being a platform for students to understand and analyse civic issues in the city. Referring to garbage problems, Gowda said, “Instead of pointing fingers, we can solve this big problem if we hold hands.” Read More

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