Articles

February 10, 2015

Fall of Goliath and the Rise of the Under-dog?

By, Renjini Rajagopalan There are many ways of looking at Delhi elections. On one hand, it is a study of all the things that went wrong. On the other, it is also a study of what went right. People from […]
February 9, 2015

Obama’s Visit to New Delhi – The Role of Friendship vs The Role of Issues

By, Raymond E Vickery Jr* When I was in New Delhi for President Obama’s Republic Day visit, the emphasis was on the Obama-Modi friendship as a prime determinate of US-India relations.  In Kochi – at the Center for Public Policy […]
February 8, 2015

Decoding the elections in the largest democracy through its Capital City

The people of Delhi have cast their vote and it will be interesting to see if the Modi wave has began waning by the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections. In the recent State Assembly elections at Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Jammu and […]
February 7, 2015

Modi-Obama Nuclear Breakthrough- A Vicious Circle

By, Roshni Rajiv* The preceding post, India’s Nuclear Dilemma analysed the major impediment in implementing the Indo-US nuclear deal. It elucidated India’s weak bargaining power to persuade nuclear suppliers to accept the supplier liability clause. As foreseen, the nuclear supplier liability […]
February 5, 2015

The 10th ASER: An Eye-Opener Or Just Another Annual Report?

Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) for 2014 was released by the ASER Centre mid-January. This is their tenth report which in their own words “a way summary of what we have observed over the tenures of UPA I and […]
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 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 7, 2015
Trial and Error in Education Sector

The Never-Ending Process of Trial and Error in the Indian Education Sector

It will not be an exaggeration when I say, ‘the Union HRD Minister and her ministry are always caught in controversy’. The decision to end German Language learning in Kendriya Vidyalayas and impose Sanskrit in its position was imperious to […]
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 22, 2014

Autonomics- The Economics behind Autorickshaw, The Hindu

AUTONOMICS Based on a series in The Hindu Newspaper dated November 15, 2014 AJAI SREEVATSAN PTI Chennai’s auto woes may not be a simple pricing problem, but a system problem. What is the economics behind the autorickshaw trade in Chennai? […]
December 8, 2014

Symbiosis of Universities and the Society: An American Experience

 I was on an official trip to the United States as part of the ‘International Visitor Leadership Programme’ (IVLP), last month. This gave me an opportunity to interact with the leading ‘Think tanks’ and ‘Universities and Academia’ in the US […]
November 18, 2014

How a National Authority will help the cause of Energy Security in India

Ensuring Energy Security of the nation signifies the non-traditional preparedness of the establishment to tackle the challenges in the 21st century. Economic dexterity results in varied demands of the energy supplicants and even the slight derailment from supply could take […]
October 6, 2014

Independence of higher educational institutions in designing and offer courses

By Dr D Dhanuraj & Mr Rahul V Kumar Two events in the recent past has brought the issue of the independence of higher educational institutions to design and offer courses. The first involved a stand-off between University Grants Commission (UGC) […]
September 30, 2014

How did the U.S Federal Court get it wrong in summoning Narendra Modi?

by Harisankar K S*   As the Prime Minister of India was all set to start his historic visit to the United States of America, after a decade long visa ban, a federal court in New York issued a summons on […]