In post-independence India, nothing stemmed the growing cynicism toward structures of governance like the passage of the Right to Information Act did in 2005.
Not only did it fundamentally alter the rules of engagement between governments and the governed, it reinforced faith in the system to a degree.
But even as it grows as the single, most powerful tool in the hands of the people, institutions have shown a growing inclination to limit its scope and subvert the Act's core objectives.
There have been several instances where government minions citing national security and the Official Secrets Act and vested interests stonewalling and even posing a danger to Right to Information activists.
Our It's Official column for the month focuses on the threats and challenges to the RTI Act.
The first 30 readers who send their grievances or suggestions on ways to tighten enforcement of the Act will be invited for a live interaction with Karnataka's Chief Information Commissioner A.K.M. Nayak end of this month.
The date and venue will be announced later.
You may mail It's Official, The Hindu, 19 & 21, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road, (Infantry Road), Bangalore 560001 or itsofficial.thehindu @gmail.com, with your passport-sized photograph before February 25.