Articles

April 7, 2014

What happened to the Occupy Movement?

By Raj Cherubal* Whatever happened to the Occupy Movement? There was never a doubt in my mind that all such movements fizzle out. But surprised to see how fast it did. I like dissent. Even if I don’t think very […]
March 29, 2014

MOOC- The Game Changer?

It is told that there are six types of You Tube interfaces which adjust automatically according to the gadgets and connectivity speed. With such mind boggling provisions in the internet) and the availability of cheaper smart phones and tablets, the […]
March 17, 2014

Semester at Sea comes to Kochi

 Centre for Public Policy Research hosted “Semester At Sea” students for the fourth time. Four different sessions of lectures for three batches were held on 9th and 14th of March 2014. Almost 80 students guided by Prof. Henchman, Prof. Chandrasekhar […]
March 1, 2014

Expansion of RIMPAC Exercises to include Indian and Chinese Navies: An Assessment

By MA Athul* In June 2013 Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi announced that China will attend the Rim of the Pacific Exercises in June 2014.Yang made the announcement after the summit between US President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jingping[1]. […]
February 14, 2014

The Auto Rickshaw strike in Kochi – the policy imbroglio

The recent strike by the Auto Rickshaw drivers in Kochi City exposes the fundamental flaws in the Governance structure and policy note. Kochi is one of the emerging metro cities in South India having a total population of 1.8 million […]
January 6, 2014

The quandary of food security

  By Somesh S. Menon*   India has always been renowned as a country operating on contradictions. Right from its pre-Independence days when it was revered as the jewel in the British empire, till the period just before liberalization when […]
December 12, 2013

Proceedings of the International Conference on National Security

International Conference on National Security Management in Federal Structure – Perspectives from India and the United States 6th, 7th December, 2013 Kochi, India ********* National Security has emerged as a key topic of discussion worldwide at all levels of society, […]
October 18, 2013

Policy Brief on National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP)

 Policy Brief on National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) prepared by CPPR for the Mayor of Cochin, Kerala, India Forming city specific Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) with stakeholders. Guidelines and structure to be clearly laid out for the State Government and […]
July 12, 2013

How to Plan a City – Lessons learnt from Jane Jacobs

* By Merin Peter “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Planning and developing a city can be a tedious task.  There are different ways to plan a […]
June 27, 2013

AFSPA: A struggle worth living for?

 By Sonakshi Gupta*  Having refused food and water for over 500 weeks now, Irom C. Sharmila is currently under trial for attempt to suicide.  Being tried for a crime that was never committed, even though every fiber of Sharmila’s being […]
June 14, 2013

Universal Healthcare Coverage in India

 By Anaita Singh* Why Healthcare, at all?  “If it were possible to evaluate the loss, which this country annually suffers through the avoidable waste of valuable human material and the lowering of human efficiency through malnutrition and preventable morbidity, we […]
June 6, 2013

‘Start’ing Up Entrepreneurship

By Mary Honey* Reducing youth unemployment is one of the major challenges facing most governments in the world for decades to come. With an estimated 88 million young women and men worldwide are unemployed. According to a recent study conducted […]
June 4, 2013

Factious Polity over Prosperity

By B.Chandrasekaran The political paralysis over the external liberalization of foreign direct investment in retail sector is not new to Indian polity. In the 80s, there were outrages over the computerization of banks in India. The 90s witnessed the factious […]
May 27, 2013

Social Stock Exchange: A Market Oriented Technology Based Solution for Impact Investment and Transparency in Social Welfare Projects

By Ms. Rose Mary K Abraham* This paper explores the possibility of setting up a Social Stock Exchange (SSE) in India for raising funds for political or social causes in a transparent manner. The SSE, as this author visualises, is […]
May 20, 2013

Caste based reservation – Outdated!?!

 By Mary Honey* Though we all live in a democratic country where everyone enjoys freedom and equality (only written in constitution?), the caste reservation sometimes makes a hindrance for everyone from enjoying equality Due to the attractive allowances offered by […]