Common Cause India was founded by H.D. Shourie who served as its Executive Director for 25 years. He passed away in 2005. His death was mourned throughout the country. Prime Minister Manmoham Singh wrote of him, "He was one of the most prominent crusaders for a progressive social order. In spite of his old age and ailments, he continued his struggle to clean our public life and sensitize people about our roles and responsibilities as vigilant citizens for safe guarding freedom and democracy." I also thought it was inspring that at the age of 90 he published a book entitled, "The Funniest Jokes in the World."
Throughout my first week here I've met with a number of interesting think tanks, NGOs, and government officials. I also spoke about Common Cause and advocacy in the US at the Hindu Colleage, the American Center in Delhi, and the Post Graduate Colleage out in Chandigarh, a couple of hours away in the Punjab.