It is rare to find an equally focused and zealous couple, committed to a common cause and scaling new heights together. Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan, a husband-wife duo, have been working for over a decade towards bringing about change in India’s urban systems and for governance reforms. They have been instrumental in bringing in much needed public participation and involvement in Government of India’s flagship programme – JNNURM. They initiated the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems, an objective measure of the state of our city systems, benchmarking them against some of the best cities in the world. Their efforts in launching an online initiative to register a voter online led to the cleansing of the electoral process by deleting bogus and superfluous names.
They together have been working towards improving the quality of spatial planning policies and design in India’s cities and towns are focused on using technologies to improve citizen participation in India’s cities.