Articles

May 10, 2018

Smart-moving Kochi: Enabling Intelligent Transportation Systems

Cities are powerhouses of growth, markets, innovation, and humanity. Cities are also complex organisms that evolve, thrive or perish with the collective actions of their occupants. An anthropological answer to human beings’ quest to build and live together, the way […]
April 12, 2018

Gender-sensitive Public Transport: Time to Walk the Talk

Public transport forms the backbone of an efficient urban mobility system of a city, spearheading its development and modernisation. The creation of economic opportunities and improved access to markets and services can be achieved through efficient mobility within a city. […]
April 5, 2018

Taxing Private Buses will do no Good for the Cause of Public Transport in Kerala – പൊതുഗതാഗതം; ഇനിയും ഇടപെട്ടില്ലെങ്കില്‍ സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നത് വന്‍ ദുരന്തം

Public transport is an inevitable part of a city’s development and private sector plays a pivotal role in ensuring the efficiency of public transport. But governmental regulations have taken a toll on the operations of private players in Kerala. What […]
March 28, 2018

Hard Road Ahead – Reforming Telecom

The Indian telecom sector has witnessed immense growth since market liberalisation in the late 1990s. It is the second largest in the world by number of telephone and internet subscribers. However, the industry is grappling with rising NPAs, sky-high debt […]
March 22, 2018

Gorakhpur: When the Elephant and Cycle Trampled the Lotus

A year after its spectacular success in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has been dealt a double blow in the by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. The loss of Gorakhpur is of great significance for the BJP, as […]
February 27, 2018

What Happened to Attappadi?

The gruesome lynching of Madhu, a 27-year-old Adivasi youth of Chindakki in the Attappadi area of Palakkad district once again demonstrated how political parties and successive governments have neglected this area for decades. In fact, Attappadi had garnered national attention […]
February 13, 2018

Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board: A Frankenstein’s monster or economy’s saviour?

Like the previous budget, the present budget can also be termed a ‘KIIFB budget’, as many of the proposed projects will be routed through KIIFB The Economic Review 2017–18 tabled in the Assembly on February 1, 2018, highlighted the critical […]
February 13, 2018

Welcome to Ernakulam,how do you do?; The New Indian Express, February 12, 2018

KOCHI: While Ernakulam district has witnessed the highest number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) in Kerala over the years, recent studies by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) unveiled serious discrepancies in the data released by the Kerala Tourism […]
February 1, 2018

Kerala Budget: Time to Change the Tune or Face the Music

The Finance Minister of Kerala, Thomas Issac, will be presenting the budget for the financial year 2018–19 on February 2, 2017, a day after the presentation of the Union Budget. The timing of the budget is crucial, as the state’s […]
January 19, 2018

Employers or the Government: whose responsibility is creches?

Nimish Sany (Research Assistant, CPPR) writes in Azhimukham, a popular Malayalam news space, about the policy issues surrounding creches and the responsibility of the State in facilitating childcare and employment. This article was published in Azhimukham on January 17, 2018; […]
January 9, 2018

Mission MG Road Makeover – How about Night Shopping?

Kochi is in a transitional phase. The commencement of the Kochi Metro, increasing rate of urbanisation, and being chosen as one of the 20 cities for the Smart Cities Mission have pressurised and animated this urban conglomeration. The Kochi Metro […]
January 4, 2018

How Successive Governments Destroyed the Agriculture Sector in Kerala?

Dr Lekshmi R Nair (Research Consultant, CPPR) explains in an article published in ‘Azhimukham’ how excessive government intervention in the marketing mechanisms in agriculture has disincentivised farmers, ultimately leading to the collapse of agriculture in Kerala. Click here to read […]
January 3, 2018

Small and Medium Enterprises – a Yardstick for Ease of Doing Business

India had much reason to celebrate when the World Bank Group released the Doing Business (DB) 2018 report in October 2017. The report commends India for implementing reforms in a number of areas. In fact, India is the only heavyweight […]
January 2, 2018

Mission 500

China’s aggressive behaviour in the Indo–Pacific has impelled the Americans to look for partners other than their traditional allies in Asia. India, because of its geographical location, territorial size and democratic political system, is the best-suited candidate for the job […]
December 20, 2017

If Women are Ready to Work during Night, why Stop them from doing so?

  In an article published in Azhimukham, Kerala’s unique analysis portal, Sara John (Project Associate, CPPR) questions the rationality of laws that prevent women from working nightshifts in shops and establishments against their wishes. Click here to read the article: […]