May 17, 2024

BJP Manifesto 2024 Lacks Major Structural Reforms

The major political parties’ election manifesto provides their approach, thinking, and understanding of the current issues and challenges faced by the economy, society, and geopolitical nexus with national and international scenarios. However, what is apparently missing from both the Congress […]
April 30, 2024

Same Old Slogans and Appeasement Politics in Congress Manifesto

The Indian National Congress Party recently released its 48-page manifesto, titled “Nyay Patra,” for the general elections of 2024. As we examine the manifesto, it’s apparent that the party has adhered to traditional formats reminiscent of past manifestos. The Nyay Patra […]
March 20, 2023

State of Kerala State Budget for 2023-24

The Kerala Budget for the year 2023-24 aims to “improve the standard of living of the people and create a sustainable and modern ‘Nava Kerala’ (New Kerala).” The state says that in the past year, more than one lakh new […]
March 15, 2023

New Guidelines bets on APJ Abdul Kalam’s Bio-Digester Technologies for decentralised solutions to manage sewage wastewater in Tamil Nadu

The changing public policies related to waste management has been widespread across states in India including Tamil Nadu. The government authorities were always urged to recognise the increasing pollution issues and diseases caused by it to find effective technological solutions. […]
February 7, 2023

Ongoing neglect of youth skilling will cost India heavily

The Union Budget for the financial year 2023-24 features many growth-oriented aspects that are essential, but it doesn’t create sufficient conditions to maintain high economic growth in the country. The budget hopes to strike a balance between the aspirations of […]
February 2, 2023

TN ranks high but can do more, shows economic survey

The Union Government’s annual economic survey report, which assesses past year’s performance and examines opportunities and challenges in the year ahead, considering the effects of both domestic and international affairs, has been released. In the absence of a State Economic […]
September 29, 2022

ICSSR-funded Social Science Research lacks Perspective

Independent India’s founding fathers and mothers had envisioned that any social science research institution’s efforts and its outcomes should reflect the ground realities and struggles of the people, translating into public policy debates to improve living standards across strata. The […]
September 2, 2021

Skills for Atmanirbhartha

Most innovations are products of human labour, genius and sacrifice. Nothing characterises this than the Covid-19 vaccines produced successfully by the medical community, which surmounted immense challenges in terms of time constraints, and lack of knowledge about the new virus. […]
September 1, 2021

Revised Tamil Nadu Budget for 2021-2022: Self-Inflicted Contradictions without Vision for Clean Governance

The regional economic performances would be taken a serious note on account of the COVID pandemic in India for a meaningful recovery. This is so subtly true not just the handling of general public health crisis erupted due to COVID […]
May 18, 2021

Cities need to adopt a bundle of fundamentals: Case study of Erode in Tamil Nadu

The developmental pedals of a country or state or even a city depends upon its people’s democratic exercise of the bundle of fundamentals or the desire to fulfil their objectives in life and work. When the matters pertaining to the […]
February 9, 2021

Biodigester: An Antidote to Cities’ Septage Management Challenges

Studies have projected that India’s vantage point in the coming decades would be cities full of people, which means immense human potential, opportunities and capital resources. There is a huge scope to improve the current conditions of cities in India, […]
December 18, 2020

Innovative Technology Enabling Effective Solid Waste Management in Tamil Nadu

The article discusses how an innovative incineration technology has been used in processing tonnes of solid waste in the State of Tamil Nadu to zero waste without pollution and creating byproducts with tangible economic values. It also points out at […]
November 5, 2020

Lack of Socio-Economic Data Disrupts Public Policy Making in Tamil Nadu

The article analyses the existing structural lacunae in the Tamil Nadu economy for decades. It also attempts to show how independent academic debates and discussions become impossible without comprehensive socio-economic data, not putting it in the public domain and its […]
October 19, 2020

India Needs Dynamic Ecosystems for Making Smart Cities Work

The article looks at the current trend of deep apathy towards sound reasoning as well as principled approach to making public policy processes work. It highlights the need to give City-Level Advisory Forums more space to make interventions in smart […]
September 9, 2020

Challenges of Productive Employment Creation in India

During the last eight months, the world has been confronted with an unprecedented catastrophic health crisis in the form of COVID-19 pandemic. It has irrefutably reminded every society across the world to be more open and kind to each other […]