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No end to history?

While liberal democracy may be the least imperfect system yet known to man, it is not very clear whether mankind will pursue this desirable destination without long and costly detours. Twenty-two years ago, American political scientist and author,...

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A crippled Pakistan

The crisis in Pakistan’s fight against polio is that of a weak state which does not have the will, reach or capacity to control the public health narrative. 26 years after the World Health Organization started its Global Polio Eradication...

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Introduction to Dinakar’s Sanskriti ke Char Adhyaya

Nehru wrote the introduction below in 1955. Two major events in India reflect in the concerns Nehru displays below – the Dravida Nadu movement results in him making an extra effort to show the contribution of South in composing India, and...

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Rethinking MGNREGA

From welfare to skilling and creating productive assets. There is growing consensus that the substance of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) needs to shift from welfare dependency to skilling, which empowers the beneficiaries...

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Sharing India’s democratic talents

What can emerging democracies learn from India’s democratic tradition? In Japan, prime minister Narendra Modi ruffled Chinese feathers when he praised Indian and Japanese democracy. At least one American paper, the Wall Street Journal,...

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Rethinking MGNREGA

From welfare to skilling and creating productive assets. There is growing consensus that the substance of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment...

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Financing smart cities: key requirements

The “smart cities” project represents an opportunity to experiment with organisational and governance structures of the cities, with a view...

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Introduction to Dinakar’s Sanskriti ke Char Adhyaya

Nehru wrote the introduction below in 1955. Two major events in India reflect in the concerns Nehru displays below – the Dravida Nadu movement...

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No end to history?

While liberal democracy may be the least imperfect system yet known to man, it is not very clear whether mankind will pursue this desirable destination without long and costly detours. Twenty-two years ago, American political scientist and author, Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama wrote a treatise on western liberal democracy called The End of History and The […]

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A crippled Pakistan

The crisis in Pakistan’s fight against polio is that of a weak state which does not have the will, reach or capacity to control the public health narrative. 26 years after the World Health Organization started its Global Polio Eradication Initiative and for only the second time since the health norms were established in 2005, […]

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Introduction to Dinakar’s Sanskriti ke Char Adhyaya

Nehru wrote the introduction below in 1955. Two major events in India reflect in the concerns Nehru displays below – the Dravida Nadu movement results in him making an extra effort to show the contribution of South in composing India, and the opposition to Hindu Code Bills might be the reason he spends a significant […]

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Rethinking MGNREGA

From welfare to skilling and creating productive assets. There is growing consensus that the substance of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) needs to shift from welfare dependency to skilling, which empowers the beneficiaries to earn a sustained living, and to creating wealth through acquisition of assets, particularly in rural and peri-urban areas, […]

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Sharing India’s democratic talents

What can emerging democracies learn from India’s democratic tradition? In Japan, prime minister Narendra Modi ruffled Chinese feathers when he praised Indian and Japanese democracy. At least one American paper, the Wall Street Journal, noted that Modi’s description of Japanese and Indian democracy as a ‘light’ contrasted to the ‘darkness’ of China.  “If Japan and India […]

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When Iran sanctions bite

Breaking down the sanctions on Iran and tracing its effects on India. In recent years, India has found itself caught not only in the bitter US-Iran rivalry but also in the efforts by the wider international community to sanction Iran, particularly in its energy sector. Media reports and pressure from US lobby groups (including a […]

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Behind the curtain

Behind the curtain

Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain is as much about the history, culture and economics of Eastern Europe as it is about football. Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain is ostensibly a book about football in Eastern Europe. However, it can be looked at from a lens where football is merely incidental to the book, and it is […]

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Riding on tigers

Leaders hunting for a rationale to take action against ISIS could consider the risk of it serving as an incubator for future domestic terrorists. Is ISIS a risk to international peace and security? No one seems to be certain. President Obama recently declared his intention to pursue military action against the terrorist group currently running rampant […]

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It’s always long term for China

The Chinese President’s decision to skip Islamabad from his tour does not mean that China is ready to dump Pakistan. There is nothing to be excited about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip Pakistan during his forthcoming South Asia tour. Some might argue that it would have been a good time for Xi to […]

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Financing smart cities: key requirements

The “smart cities” project represents an opportunity to experiment with organisational and governance structures of the cities, with a view to enhancing performance-orientation and accountability. Over the past few weeks, the phrase “smart cities” has been in considerable vogue. The Union Government’s budget 2014-15 allocated INR 70.6 billion for “developing 100 smart cities”. It is […]

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