Bharat Lal Meena, principal secretary of Karnataka state’s Social Welfare Department, is himself a story of change, someone who fully understands the Barack Obama formula. And, yes he could. Meena has humble beginnings from a small village in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur and was a bank clerk and coin-note examiner before he joined the IAS in 1984. “There is only a limit to what a government can do but there is a lot that can be done with the public also equally involved when it comes to transforming the lives in the society,” Meena told India Today, explaining how his Apna Desh movement self-help movement has lent the phrase “social engineering” a very positive effect. Read more at