No, I have not gotten an offer from ITBHU. Certainly not one with on-campus housing.
But today _is_ huge.. rather.. HUGE for me. And the fact that so many of you have asked about it makes it even more special.
Moving on, here is the deal [your patience is all I need]:
Background: During the mumbai incident of Nov 26, 2008, all [most?] of us felt "I need to do something about this".
So I started thinking as to what _I_ could do, given my constraint of not being in India, but having the skills that I have.
The more I thought, the more I became convinced that thing to do is to provide people a way to track the promises that their elected representatives have made -- think of it as a structured wikipedia.
The guiding principle are two: evaluatable promises [by the politicians], and verifiable references [by anyone posting content]. There is lots more detail at this page, and this PDF, which I had written during my travels in India, where I got to further polish my ideas using the wonderful feedback from you all.
The movement is young, but I have found some like-minded people in Pune [and Mumbai], and we had aimed for a Jan 26 launch.
And after an all-nighter fixing the cool google maps scripts, this guy who has not slept for the past 36 hours can happily say that as of 8:45pm IST, Jan 26, 2009, the site is already online at
And now, its your turn. What each of _you_ can do [please, pretty please :) ]:
- Let me know your comments on the PDF/website,
- Sign up for announcements using the textbox on the site,
- Forward to your close friends this announcement of Jan 26. This is a people's movement, and is nothing without people getting involved, and
- [optional: if you got the time] be a part of the initiative. We need writers, web developers, more contacts in cities, etc. Stuff we non-residing Indians can help with.
cheers, and looking forward to your responses.
P.S. For cool google map goodness, check this part of the website.
P.P.S. The journey has just begun, and will need a lot of effort. Hopefully I will be able to give at least that much for the motherland.