November 29, 2023

Elections | How far is India from online ballots?

A decentralised blockchain technology with an immutable ledger could be explored to enhance the security and transparency of voting. Another set of five assembly elections are concluding this week. As expected, the elections often bring forth discussions around the voter’s […]
November 8, 2023

Can net neutrality survive market forces?

Enforcing and regulating net neutrality is not a straightforward task. Varying capacities to understand and adapt to technological changes make net neutrality a complex ecosystem to enforce. Recently, the Department of Telecoms tried to ease nerves by saying there was […]
October 19, 2023

Global Hunger Index a stark reminder to address hunger, poverty

The challenges in addressing hunger and poverty cannot be effectively met through general schemes devised solely at the central or state levels. India’s poor ranking in the recently published Global Hunger Index brought the focus back to discussions around poverty, […]
October 6, 2023

Robust Economic Growth Critical for India to Take Care of its Elderly

A development in India’s ‘care economy’ for the elderly will depend on the wealth growth of the younger generation in the next two decades. Key Points India is at the threshold of a demographic transition marked by a surging ageing […]
August 25, 2023

Support to E-buses will not be sufficient to address India’s public transport woes

India’s public transport system lacks efficiency, finance, and professionalism. Even the discourse around buying electric buses is not well-informed or debated. It demands structural changes in the way the business is conducted. Recently the Union government announced 10,000 electric buses […]
June 22, 2023

Evaluate Shakti scheme on its outcome, not intention

A clear objective needs to be set, and the scheme must be monitored to study whether it is achieving its intended impact. The Shakti scheme, implemented by the Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka government, has garnered attention due to its provision of free […]
April 27, 2023

Modi’s visit | BJP is customising itself for Kerala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kerala is seen as a strategic attempt to expand the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s presence in the state, which has been historically a hard carapace to crack for the national party. Modi’s two-day visit […]
March 24, 2023

Kochi fire must be an eye-opener for cities, state governments

Waste management systems are often failing in India, the latest example being the land dump at Brahmapuram in Ernakulam District, Kerala. The land dump of Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC) located at Brahampuram, about 20 km away from the city, caught […]
February 8, 2023

തെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിലേക്ക് ഉറ്റുനോക്കുന്ന ബജറ്റ്; പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാനും ഏറെ

ക​ഴി​ഞ്ഞ വ​ർ​ഷ​ങ്ങ​ളി​ലേ​തു​പോ​ലെ​ത്ത​ന്നെ മൂ​ല​ധ​ന ചെ​ല​വി​ന് മു​ൻ​തൂ​ക്കം കൊ​ടു​ക്കു​ന്ന​താ​ണ് ഇ​ത്ത​വ​ണ​ത്തെ​യും കേ​ന്ദ്ര ബ​ജ​റ്റ്. അ​ടി​സ്ഥാ​ന മേ​ഖ​ല വി​ക​സ​ന​ത്തി​നു​​വേ​ണ്ടി ഇ​ത്ത​വ​ണ മാ​റ്റി​വെ​ച്ചി​രി​ക്കു​ന്ന​ത് ജി.​ഡി.​പി​യു​ടെ 3.3 ശ​ത​മാ​ന​മാ​ണ്. ഒ​മ്പ​ത് സം​സ്ഥാ​ന​ങ്ങ​ളി​ലെ തെ​ര​ഞ്ഞെ​ടു​പ്പ് ന​ട​ക്കാ​നി​രി​ക്കു​ന്ന​തും പൊ​തു തെ​ര​ഞ്ഞെ​ടു​പ്പി​ന് മു​ന്നോ​ടി​യാ​യു​ള്ള അ​വ​സാ​ന ബ​ജ​റ്റ് എ​ന്ന നി​ല​യി​ലും മാ​ത്ര​മാ​ണ് ഇ​ത്ത​വ​ണ​ത്തെ ബ​ജ​റ്റ് പ്രാ​ധാ​ന്യം അ​ർ​ഹി​ക്കു​ന്ന​ത്. അ​ടി​സ്ഥാ​ന മേ​ഖ​ല​യി​ലെ വി​ക​സ​നം ചൂ​ണ്ടി​ക്കാ​ട്ടു​ന്ന​ത് തെ​ര​ഞ്ഞെ​ടു​പ്പി​ൽ വി​ജ​യ ഫോ​ർ​മു​ല​യാ​കു​ന്നു​വെ​ന്ന​തി​നാ​ൽ […]
February 8, 2023

Budget 2023’s focus on urban India is promising

The announcements made in the Union Budget 2023-24 are mostly on the expected lines. The trend towards increasing capital expenditure with every budget aligns with the mission projects previously announced. An increase in the outlay for the railways and coastal […]
February 6, 2023

അടിസ്ഥാനസൗകര്യ വികസനത്തിലൂന്നിയും മധ്യവർഗ്ഗത്തെ സന്തോഷിപ്പിക്കാൻ ശ്രമിച്ചും

പ്രതീക്ഷിച്ചതുപോലെ ഈ വർഷവും അടിസ്ഥാനസൗകര്യ വികസനത്തിലും മൂലധനച്ചെലവിലും ശ്രദ്ധ കേന്ദ്രീകരിച്ചുള്ള ഒരു ബജറ്റാണ് കേന്ദ്ര സർക്കാർ പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചിട്ടുള്ളത്. കഴിഞ്ഞ കുറേ വർഷങ്ങളായി മോദി സർക്കാരിന്റെ പ്രവണത ഇതാണ്, പ്രത്യേകിച്ചും റെയിൽവേ, റോഡുകൾ, സാമൂഹിക അടിസ്ഥാന സൗകര്യങ്ങൾ എന്നിവയുടെ കാര്യത്തിലാണ് കൂടുതൽ ശ്രദ്ധ നൽകിയിരിക്കുന്നത്. സമ്പദ്‌വ്യവസ്ഥയുടെ മിക്കവാറും എല്ലാ മേഖലകളെയും സ്പർശിക്കാൻ ബജറ്റ് ശ്രമിക്കുന്നുണ്ടെങ്കിലും റവന്യൂ പിരിവ്, […]
February 3, 2023

Kerala Budget Expectations: A ‘road’ map for development

The Union Budget presented on February 1 focused on capital expenditure for infrastructure development that mainly includes the railways, highways, and roads. The Union Budget presented on February 1 focused on capital expenditure for infrastructure development that mainly includes the […]
September 21, 2022

National Logistic Policy is a right step towards a well-integrated, efficient Freight System

India has a growing logistics sector representing 5% of India’s Gross Domestic Product and employing 2.2 crore people. India has the second largest road network in the world through which 68% of the freight movement happens along with a well-functioning […]
September 15, 2022

Floods will continue to inundate India’s unplanned city development

The recent floods in Bengaluru was a result of an unplanned infrastructure, developed by flouting the laws in city governance, and by disregarding the building capacity to tackle the challenges of urbanisation. In recent years, the paucity in programming and the lack […]
May 11, 2022

Do governance dashboards actually provide any insights?

Dashboards need to carefully select key indicators and ensure that the quality of the data used is high. Otherwise, they will remain as a visualisation exercise and not be able to provide insights expected from them The recent controversy about […]