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The Jan Dhan Yojna: the key considerations in obtaining desired outcomes.

Accountable and transparent organisational structure for implementing PMJDY should be essential for realising the desired societal outcomes. On the occasion of the 68th Independence Day, prime minister Narendra Modi announced an initiative,...

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The Warrior State

The state of war

A  review of TV Paul’s The Warrior State-Pakistan in the Contemporary World. Pakistan teeters at the brink of a crisis that could prove disastrous for democracy in the country, and yet again the military is showing signs of stepping in...

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Lines drawn in sand

A review of Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island.  Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island is not a travelogue or a memoir. Nor is it a political thriller, a singular piece of academic oral history, or a journalistic account...

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India’s sanitation story

The success of any government policy lies in its functional purpose, which is implementation. As India steps into the 68th year of independence many challenges lie ahead of the country, of which the poor state of sanitation is one that is...

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Towards a shared understanding

And why it is important? IN HIS introduction to The Shield of Achilles, Philip Bobbitt argues that history “is the distinctive element in the ceaseless, restless dynamic by means of which strategy and law live out their necessary relationship...

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Towards a shared understanding

And why it is important? IN HIS introduction to The Shield of Achilles, Philip Bobbitt argues that history “is the distinctive element in the...

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India’s sanitation story

The success of any government policy lies in its functional purpose, which is implementation. As India steps into the 68th year of independence...

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The Warrior State

The state of war

A  review of TV Paul’s The Warrior State-Pakistan in the Contemporary World. Pakistan teeters at the brink of a crisis that could prove...

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The Jan Dhan Yojna: the key considerations in obtaining desired outcomes.

Accountable and transparent organisational structure for implementing PMJDY should be essential for realising the desired societal outcomes. On the occasion of the 68th Independence Day, prime minister Narendra Modi announced an initiative, to be formally launched on August 28,2014, to enable those currently not having access to banking and other financial services to do so […]

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The Warrior State

The state of war

A  review of TV Paul’s The Warrior State-Pakistan in the Contemporary World. Pakistan teeters at the brink of a crisis that could prove disastrous for democracy in the country, and yet again the military is showing signs of stepping in to set things straight. The more you see the situation unfold across television and newspapers, the […]

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Lines drawn in sand

A review of Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island.  Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island is not a travelogue or a memoir. Nor is it a political thriller, a singular piece of academic oral history, or a journalistic account of someone covering a war. It is all of the above and more. To categorise this book within a single […]

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India’s sanitation story

The success of any government policy lies in its functional purpose, which is implementation. As India steps into the 68th year of independence many challenges lie ahead of the country, of which the poor state of sanitation is one that is most glaring. Presently less than 50 percent of households in the country have access to sanitation facilities, only […]

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Towards a shared understanding

And why it is important? IN HIS introduction to The Shield of Achilles, Philip Bobbitt argues that history “is the distinctive element in the ceaseless, restless dynamic by means of which strategy and law live out their necessary relationship with each other. For law and strategy are not merely made in history—a sequence of events […]

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Getting objective about it

In January 2009, PBS, a US television network, ran a documentary titled The Story of India. Hosted by Michael Wood, this six-part series narrated a compressed history of India from pre-historic times till Independence. The first episode—Beginnings—discussed one of the most controversial topics in Indian history: the origin of the Aryans. In this episode Mr […]

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India’s urban housing challenge

The new Urban Development Minister has vowed to ensure housing for all urban residents by 2020. He has some challenge at hand.  The Government estimated a deficit of 18.78 million housing units in 2011, with 95 percent among the lower income group (LIG). To put this in perspective, the total number of housing units sanctioned in […]

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Insularity was unreal

Since the bubble of insularity has already been burst, accepting the wide impact of radicalisation on our youths, can be an important starting point. Not long ago the contention that Indian Muslims have rebuffed repeated calls by Islamist outfits to join global jihad would have been accepted without much fuss. Barring handful men who got […]

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Modinomics and not Reaganomics

India needs contextual and not ideological policy-making. This piece is not a review of Professor Ha-Joon Chang’s book, 23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism. It merely draws heavily from it. In this book published in 2010, Ha-Joon argues that capitalism was a bad way to organise an economic system but for all others. […]

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India’s budget 2014-15

India’s budget 2014-15: Initial steps towards professionalising tax administration. There has been widespread concern that the current organisations and systems of tax administration and compliance require fundamental reform. The economic cost to the society, including costs of compliance by the taxpayers, and distortions in economic decision making due to inconsistency in tax administration procedures, and poor […]

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