Archive for: public policy

Long Road

Probable economic priorities of the NDA government

Exhibition of higher level of economic literacy by all the stakeholders, could help in better communicating public policies and progress towards effective realisation...

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It’s the politics, stupid

Understanding Narendra Modi’s economic pitch for 2014 elections. It is now given that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi would be the prime ministerial candidate...

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A looming crisis in India

A political override over economic common sense is likely to push India’s tottering economy over the edge. It will then require another decade of repair and rehabilitation...

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What is Indian secularism?

Secularism is more than laws, concessions, and special considerations. It is a state of mind, at best almost an instinctive feeling, such as India has known for...

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A case for legal gambling

The benefits of legalised sports gambling outweigh the cost to society. “How can I refuse the summons of my uncle? I am sure that no good will come of this...

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Think sanitation, not food security

Not only does the Food Security Bill show  poor economic reasoning and flawed policy design, it is also treating the wrong problem. The proposed National Food Security...

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How to improve social policy design

A collaborative approach to solving development problems in India.  It is widely acknowledged that program implementation is the Achilles Heel of India’s massive...

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Let the public participate

There are many ways in which the government can deepen public engagement with the legislative process. Given the failure of many government legislations in achieving...

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Child before the law

The new National Policy for Children defining anyone below 18 as a child ignores Indian social realities. After the December 16 Delhi  rape case, legal and human...

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Beyond the Novartis judgement

Adopting a deliberately antagonistic attitude towards the Big Pharma is not the solution.  In an eagerly awaited judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled against pharmaceutical...

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