Centre for Comparative Studies

July 26, 2014

A Reasonably Good Budget, Says Economists , The New Indian Express

“The Budget could not create any greater impact but it could give a direction as to how the economic policies of the country are being adopted to stimulate growth in key sectors and to stimulate growth in FDI in various sectors” […]
July 21, 2014

Critical understanding of the Indian budget 2014-15: The Case of Excise on Cigarettes

Does a tax on cigarettes serve any purpose? For a layman seeing the budget figures of a very high excise rate on cigarettes would mean that it indeed makes the stick costlier and would lead to a reduction in its […]
July 18, 2014

A Note on the Budget Discussion Organized by Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 14-07-2014 in Kochi

  CPPR in association with FICCI organized a discussion on the Union Budget 2014-15 titled “Union Budget 2014-15, Critical Analysis and Way Ahead for the Indian Economy” on 14th July 2014 in Kochi. Two eminent speakers, Dr. Charan Singh (IIM-Bangalore) […]
July 18, 2014

The Mysterious Indian Higher Education System

Introduction India’s education system has undergone several reforms since independence. Literacy rates which roughly reflect these changes have increased from below 20 per cent in 1951 to approximately 74 per cent in 2011. However, the implementation of these reforms have […]
July 16, 2014

Who is burdened with the Budget 2014-15?

By Devi Prasad IES* Who is burdened with the Budget 2014-15? None, except the Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley himself!… because, Mr Jaitley has to read 16458 words, documented as “Budget Speech”; he has to read to explain the disbursement of […]
July 10, 2014

Budget 2014-15: Critical Analysis and way ahead for Indian Economy

Stay tuned to watch live @ 16.30 hrs (IST) July 14,2014 http:// Live Video app for Facebook by Ustream Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) organises Union Budget […]
July 2, 2014

What should be the State’s stand vis-à-vis the alcohol industry in India?

The growing debate around liquor consumption in Kerala following the delay in issuing the Abkari policy statement in 2014 provides suitable grounds to discuss several important issues surrounding liquor production and consumption in India. A discussion is essential as liquor […]
June 24, 2014

A Model for helping India’s Sports Sector

Introduction International events come and go but India has never been able to pose significant competition to sportsmen and women from across the globe. We have had a competitive hockey team which consistently won Olympic medals until the late 1970s […]
June 18, 2014

Debugging tips to Ms. Smriti Irani for the ‘Higher Education’ sector in India

If the decisive mandate to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to rule the country without any hassles of forming coalition had surprised many pollsters, the choice of Ms. SmirtiIrani to the coveted post of Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry was the […]
June 4, 2014

Will Modi’s Minimum government phase out the Civil Service?

Will Modi’s Minimum government phase out the Civil Service? The context for this question lies in an attempt by the author to understand the concept of Minimum Government and the theory behind it. In nominal terms ‘Minimum Government’ is a […]
June 3, 2014

Big-data and the Market Mechanism

Introduction Big-data could be the game changer in future. Data and big-data are conceptually similar but the later differs technically due to the enormity in volume and the corresponding difficulty in storage. Big-data would imply information that is collected in […]
June 3, 2014

The Many Faces of a Social Media Campaign in General Elections India 2014

Introduction India has a very low number of people actively using social media networks though its increasing at a deafening pace. As late as December 2013, the number of such users were considered to be a little less than 100 […]
May 20, 2014

The Mature Market of Spiritualism and the Role of the State

This piece of writing does not evaluate the merits of the ideology behind gurus and institutions run by them. In fact, people are free to choose the best that suits them under the available conditions. And the freedom of choice […]
May 20, 2014

Moneylending in Kerala and the Unjustifiable Gimmicks of the State

Introduction The moneylending market in Kerala was a natural economic bubble. The bubble grew because the factors favoured it. Very few people can be blamed for it save the State for its inability to predict the case. Why? Because it […]