Centre for Urban Studies

February 5, 2015

Indian Railway Re-Organization

Indian Railway Today, Indian Railways is the third largest railway network in the world. It transports 23 million passengers every day and 2.65 million tonnes of freight traffic. The vision of Indian Railway is to provide safe, efficient, affordable, customer […]
February 3, 2015

Government is a spoilsport

By, Rahul V Kumar/ Sibin Sabu* Summary: Sports federations are seedy political fiefdoms. Corporates can inject funds, accountability and popular appeal India’s growth story in sports has always been difficult to comprehend. How did a nation of 1.3 billion become […]
January 28, 2015

India’s trade barriers: an analysis with reference to tariffs and customs procedures

By,  Pinak Sarkar and Dr. (Prof.) Martin Patrick India is the seventh largest economy in the world. However, it is only the sixteenth largest exporter, in terms of value with its exports accounting for around USD 336.6 billion. In contrast, […]
January 28, 2015

For a Free and Fair Sporting Sector in India

By, Dhanuraj and Rahul V. Kumar This study seeks to find an answer to this question: which one can be a successful model in sports in India: Planned Approach or a Spontaneous Order?’ The study explains that planned sporting activities […]
January 27, 2015

Understanding the Status of Higher Education in India

By, D. Dhanuraj and Rahul V. Kumar ABSTRACT The paper examines the higher education scenario in India and attempts to point out why very few serious investors invest in higher educational sector. Several factors are responsible for this. Primary among these […]
January 23, 2015

A Critical Assessment of Forest Legislations in India

By, Dr. D Dhanuraj and Rahul V Kumar In India, there is a huge demand for timber that is met largely through imports. State-led forest policies have been lax in meeting this requirement. This policy paper analyses the existing forestry […]
January 19, 2015

Assessing Impact of NITI Ayog Vs Planning Commission

By Devi Prasad IES* NITI Ayog is  a Government Think Tank. As such the depth, spread, durability and the  scope of its influence on public policy differs from that of the other Think Tanks. Its mandate is much wider than that of Korean […]
January 15, 2015

India’s Nuclear Dilemma

By, Roshni Rajiv* India had an early head start into nuclear sector soon after independence. The Nuclear Power Programme was devised in 1954 with a vision of building India as one of the major nuclear powers in the world by […]
January 6, 2015
Land Acquisition Ordinance

Reformation Policy or Ploy: The Indian Government’s new Land Acquisition Ordinance

By Sarah Mary Stanley* Ordinance appears to be the watchword for the incumbent government as of late, with the most recent one inciting fervent debate over an extremely fragile issue. The recent ordinance passed by the government on the 29th […]
December 30, 2014

E-Rickshaw in India

  E-Rickshaws are the latest entry in the Indian road and transport system. A flexible, non-polluting and affordable system, they have been playing a significant role in solving the last mile connectivity issue.  Due to the absence of rules and […]
December 30, 2014

Intermediate Para Transit (IPT) Sector in India

Intermediate Para Transit (IPT) is a system to facilitate flexible passenger transportation that does not necessarily follow fixed routes and schedules under the public domain. They provide two types of services: one involving trips along a more or less defined […]
December 24, 2014

India Trade Report

By Fernando Posadas Pas* India is one of the largest economies in the World; however, much smaller economies such as South Korea, Singapore, Netherlands or Hong Kong have larger trade flows by value. The reason is that India still has […]
December 19, 2014

A Study on Liberalizing Liquor Trade in India

Authors: Dr. D Dhanuraj and Mr. Rahul V Kumar * India is one of the world’s most restrictive places for trade and doing business. In 2014, it is ranked 110 out of 152 countries, in terms of economic freedom, by […]
December 12, 2014

National Security Management in Federal Structures: Perspectives from India and United States of America

Beliefs about security are based on threat perceptions in the environment. Assessing security is a cognitive process based on the repertoire of beliefs that make up a person’s subjective view of reality. The issue of security can, therefore be considered […]
December 3, 2014

Book on National Security Management in Federal Structures

National Security Management in Federal Structures: Perspectives from India and United States of America Beliefs about security are based on threat perceptions in the environment. Assessing security is a cognitive process based on the repertoire of beliefs that make up […]