June 11, 2021

Pandemic tales: Struggle is real, survival is tough

The fundamental issue for auto-taxi drivers is that the government has not declared them as a feeder service despite providing first and last-mile connectivity to the public transport system, said D Dhanuraj, chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research. KOCHI: Dileep […]
June 4, 2021

Kerala’s high-speed rail project may turn into environmental disaster, flag experts

The project’s financial viability is questionable and the government needs to review its necessity, said D Dhanuraj, chairman of Kochi-based Centre for Public Policy Research. The Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government has attracted flak for its first major […]
June 1, 2021

Reliance on apps and technology evoke mixed response

“Before the pandemic, none could have even imagined education turning remote and even our teachers learnt to hold a class over online platform only now. Gradually, the private apps also become universally accessible removing the current inequities”, said CPPR chairman […]
May 17, 2021

CPPR Announced Results of ATLAS- CPPR South Asia Public Policy Challenge

KOCHI: Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) has announced the results of ATLAS- CPPR South Asia Public Policy Challenge. The first prize was secured by Bhishm Khanna for his policy brief on ‘Predictive Justice: Using AI for Justice’. The second […]
May 14, 2021

Women in Kerala Assembly poorly represented despite inheriting legacies like KR Gouri

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments “Many women have voted for LDF for the first time this election and the rival fronts would be forced to allocate more seats for women in future elections” in a news article published in […]
May 7, 2021

‘LDF’s women voters grow’ in Kerala assembly polls

Four days after the state assembly polls, when the voter turnout was released to the public, the figures revealed an underlying pattern — the northern constituencies had remarkably high turnout of women, Kuttiadi topping with 86%, followed by Koduvally with […]
May 7, 2021

Decoding Kerala election results: How female voters powered LDF win

An axiom in psephology is that it is the female voters who decide whether a ruling coalition should return to power or not. In Kerala, where female voters outnumber males by 8.27 lakh, women played an especially important role in […]
May 7, 2021

LDF’s handling of COVID-19 in Kerala helped it retain power

The incumbent Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala retained power in the state largely due to the moves it took in the last year-and-a-half to tackle the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), observers said. Kerala, which has India’s most robust public […]
May 7, 2021

Muslim, Christian voters keep Left

Ever since the cobbling together of United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala almost five decades ago (formed during a byelection in Nilambur in 1970 in the lone Christian pocket in Muslim-majority Malappuram), the front has become the political platform for […]
May 4, 2021

Kerala: More women now in assembly

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in news article published in The Times of India. He comments “More than other parties, Left has groomed its women leaders from grassroot level. Since the present government has already announced much of its […]
May 4, 2021

Challenges ahead for Pinarayi Vijayan in his second term

During his first term, Pinarayi Vijayan converted every crisis into an opportunity. Now, he has the unique chance to open a new path to governance and economic reforms Most of the pollsters who observed Kerala assessed that the campaign trail […]
May 1, 2021

Post-Poll Survey | Kerala voters made up their mind much in advance

A voter survey conducted by the Centre for Public Policy Research showed that about 60 percent of the voters made up their mind on whom to vote for well before the election campaign started  By Goutham KA and D Dhanuraj […]
April 10, 2021

New campaign style helped raise Congress hopes in Kerala

CPPR chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in Sunday Guardian Live. He says “In this election, the voters had analysed the work carried out by the sitting MLA, the candidate’s personality and his or her interaction […]
April 8, 2021

Kerala Elections: Tripunithura remains unpredictable

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The New Indian Express. He comments “This year, it will be interesting to see whether BJP will considerably increase the vote share to register a win in Tripunithura. […]
March 24, 2021

Demand for better roads, transportation amenities

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The Hindu. He comments “Kochi also needs dedicated corridors for Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) and tramways, which are getting popular worldwide since they considerably lessen the number of […]
March 23, 2021

The curious case on inner party democracy in Kerala

The whip culture in the political system should be done away with, and instead, the more significant ideological debates featuring in the socio-cultural context should be encouraged to maintain the sanctity and survival of the political space. D DHANURAJ  and […]
March 23, 2021

Kerala Assembly elections: LDF to bank on welfare & development, once more

CPPR Research Associate Goutham KA comments in a news article published in The Times of India. He comments “People always prefer tangible benefits. This will be one of the reasons for LDF to go ahead with welfare schemes in an […]
March 10, 2021

Success of Rahul Gandhi’s campaign will decide Congress’ future in Kerala

Rahul Gandhi’s extensive focus on Kerala and Tamil Nadu is a good opportunity for him to resurrect his political career by leading from the front — this will not only help the Congress in the south, but will also give […]
March 9, 2021

Swing-state scrum

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The Week. He commented “The people felt they [LDF] had a strong leader to look up to in times of crisis—be it the 2018 floods or the Covid-19 […]
March 8, 2021

Looking for a lifeline

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The Week. He commented “A huge section in the Kerala society, especially the Muslims, does not want to see the Congress getting eliminated, So, there is a strong […]