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Addressing inequality in Singapore

Addressing inequality issue in Singapore and studying its implications for India.  The publication of Thomas Piketty’s 2014 book Capital in the Twenty First Century has been a catalyst in bringing the issue of inequality to the forefront...

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The diversionary policies

Schemes such as SAGY and MPLADS are diversionary in nature.  The government has launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). Under this scheme, each Member of Parliament will be responsible for developing the infrastructure of three villages...

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Tackling human trafficking

Karnataka’s work can be used as a model in other states in cases of trafficking. In the last one year, Karnataka has established itself as a leader in addressing human trafficking, especially labour trafficking. It has done this by effectively...

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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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Tackling human trafficking

Karnataka’s work can be used as a model in other states in cases of trafficking. In the last one year, Karnataka has established itself as...

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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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Addressing inequality in Singapore

Addressing inequality issue in Singapore and studying its implications for India.  The publication of Thomas Piketty’s 2014 book Capital in the Twenty First Century has been a catalyst in bringing the issue of inequality to the forefront of public policy debates in many countries. This is remarkable, given the book’s length (696 pages), intricacies of historical data […]

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The diversionary policies

Schemes such as SAGY and MPLADS are diversionary in nature.  The government has launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). Under this scheme, each Member of Parliament will be responsible for developing the infrastructure of three villages by 2019 and eight by 2024.  The guidelines for the scheme indicate that the MP will indentify these […]

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Tackling human trafficking

Karnataka’s work can be used as a model in other states in cases of trafficking. In the last one year, Karnataka has established itself as a leader in addressing human trafficking, especially labour trafficking. It has done this by effectively implementing a statewide policing structure, the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), under the newly amended section […]

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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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