Centre for Comparative Studies

June 10, 2016

Breaking Business Barriers: White Papers and Reports

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) a think tank based in Kochi had taken up an initiative ‘Breaking Business Barriers’ aiming to curtail the regulatory barriers in setting up, operating and exiting a business in the state of Karnataka, Kerala and […]
June 4, 2016

Common Man’s Clothing – Effects of Taxes and Tariffs

The discriminatory tax policies and the higher tariffs imposed on Man-Made Fibres (MMF) in India compared to cotton, have resulted in the availability of MMF to the manufacturers at non competitive prices, compared to the competing countries. This has also […]
May 30, 2016

E book – The Law (Translated to Malayalam)

  French political libertarian and economist CLAUDE FREDERIC BASTIAT (1801-1850) was one of the most eloquent champions of the concept that property rights and individual freedoms flowed from natural law. Here, in this 1850 classic, a powerful refutation of Karl […]
May 28, 2016

E Book- Foundations of Free Society (Translated to Malayalam)

    FOREWORD Economic and political crises have often led to attacks on freedom. During the Great Depression all the major economies restricted trade by raising tariffs. This knee-jerk reaction only aggravated geo-political tensions and further increased economic hardship. The […]
May 16, 2016

Of Casting the Caste?

By Elizabeth Edison* Kerala is preparing for yet another clash of the clans. For a state whose vote bank is fundamentally divided by religious, regional, and communal differences, predicting Kerala’s 2016 election results is indeed a tough nut to crack. […]
May 13, 2016

Of Reiterating the Tainted- Will corruption play a “pull down” factor?

  By Elizabeth Edison & Dr D. Dhanuraj*   Kerala has been the hot bed for a number of alleged scams and corruption for the last two years. The bar scam and solar scam continued to make headlines every day […]
May 9, 2016

Activity oriented learning – An evaluation

By Dr D Dhanuraj[1] Dr Lekshmi R Nair[2] School-level education in Kerala has for long been considered as a benchmark for the rest of the country. At the same time, despite being championed as a State with a high literacy […]
May 7, 2016

Alcohol Prohibition- Future Dilemmas

Rahul V Kumar, Research Consultant at Centre for Public Policy Research writes about the alcohol prohibition public policy being experimented across states in India. He answers two questions in this blog,  What could be the purpose for prohibiting alcohol? Will prohibition […]
April 28, 2016

Evaluation of Government Interventions in Khadi Sector

Khadi sector is an over-regulated one in India, where the entire production process, sales, distribution, and marketing is fully regulated by the government through Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) . The paper examines the growth of Khadi market in […]
April 25, 2016

‘Store in India’ – National Data Infrastructure Policy (N-DIP)

The exponential growth of data-enabled services in India over the past decade has bought in its wake concerns that occupy a wide spectrum extending from user data theft to data sovereignty concerns arising out of sensitive data residing on data […]
April 25, 2016

The NDPS Act: Room for greater reform

  Drug policy reform in India is a principled and necessary step to enable us to address the underlying issues of marginalization and freedom of choice. This document seeks to point out the pitfalls in the current policy and recommends […]
March 23, 2016

Opening up Higher Education Sector in Kerala: A Way Forward

  Date: 22/03/2016, Tuesday Venue: BTH,Kochi   “I feel private universities must be allowed in Kerala,” says TP Sreenivasan, Vice-Chancellor, Kerala Higher Education Council. He was speaking at a panel discussion session titled Opening up Higher Education Sector in Kerala: A […]
March 2, 2016

Cleaning the Air and Enabling Commuter Movement

CPPR researchers, Jayati Narain & Pradipti Jayaram, analyse the Delhi odd-even scheme and the lack of room for public transport in the city’s design framework in an article published in the Economic and Political Weekly. Click here to read the […]
February 11, 2016

Education Sector in GATS: How to address our concerns?

  By Dhanuraj[1] & Pooja Sundaresh[2] The recently concluded tenth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Nairobi saw the conversation surrounding the introduction of the WTO-GATS (General Agreement on Trade and Services) in the education sector regaining the attention […]
February 1, 2016

IMANI Alert:  How Realistic is the Action Plan for Achieving India-Africa Forum Objectives?

     By Roshni Rajiv & Keshia Osei-kufuor*  The third India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) held in October 2015 in New Delhi, India captured attention briefly as it was the largest Indo-African Summit to date. The Summit Framework soon released after its […]