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 Development is the Key
Power to India's People
Published on : Thursday, July 26, 2012
Forget subsidized electricity. Voters are willing to pay a premium for reliable supply of electricity now, and politicians are becoming aware of the price for keeping people in the dark, writes Barun Mitra in the Asian Wall Street Journal.
A bicycle built for many
Published on : Wednesday, December 8, 2010
In Bihar, there is a “Mukhyamantri Balika Cycle Yojana”, covering madrassas which was started in 2006. Through this, girls who pass Standard VIII are given bicycles, once they enrol in Standard IX. The Right to Education Act imposes high compliance costs on budget private schools and drives them out. It thus hinders, rather than furthers, the cause of school education. There is an implicit assumption that market failures exist and state provisioning is the only answer, writes Bibek Debroy in The Indian Express .
NREGA's social in-security net
Published on : Sunday, November 28, 2010
NREGA has been in a year-long coma in Andhra Pradesh, re-affirming faith in its dysfunctionality. when the labour ministry last week made a case for 200 days work almost as a substitute for unemployment benefits, it amounted to betrayal of their cause. In fact, it could have asked for, and got, 365 days of employment, without making any difference to the condition of the villagers, writes Sreelatha Menon in Business Standard.
Look, India in ruins
Published on : Friday, November 19, 2010
It is time to take a wider look at the state of our infrastructure. Every civilisation has realised the importance of infrastructure. NREGA doesn’t provide for creation of productive assets (not even for water harvesting), isn’t integrated with other elements of Bharat Nirman and doesn’t provide for maintenance. Thus, the problem is also with the Central template, including for Centrally sponsored and Central sector schemes, writes Bibek Debroy in The Indian Express.
Disasters at the bottom of the pyramid
Published on : Thursday, November 11, 2010
India's current micro-finance controversy shows why profiting from the poor can be a bad idea - for the poor. The possibility to make money from the poor has made the term 'bottom of the pyramid" by C K Prahalad attractive. Fw have looked at it critically. The poor were benefiting from the cheap credit injected by the federal reserve. The idea of profiting from the poor can be a bad idea for the poor,a nd the benefits of microfinancing is largely exaggerated, writes Kanika Datta in Business Standard.
Dealing with surpluses
Published on : Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The combined surplus cost of forex, money and commodity markets can be interpreted as the cost of stability and security. The era of socialistic economics typified a country with perennial shortages where success was measured by having enough to go by. Shortages have given way to surpluses quite often. The question that has arisen is whether or not we have learnt to live with surpluses and, as a corollary, the cost attached to those surpluses, writes Madan Sabnavis in Business Standard.
Is the food security programme workable?
Published on : Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The scheme has serious fiscal implications for the country. In many other nations, either the producer is subsidised or the consumer; in India both the inputs and outputs of selected crops get the benefit. In the West, one has seen the trend of rising incomes and output without a corresponding growth in employment. We have the Indian version of rising incomes and employment without output growth!, writes S Seshan in Business Standard.
Food will never become cheaper as expenses rise
Published on : Monday, November 1, 2010
It is wishful thinking to assume that food will be cheaper than what it is today. The farmer’s single biggest cost now is labour. Farm labour wages have doubled in the last year across states and crops. Food prices have to spiral and stay there if India wishes to feed itself, writes Nidhi Nath Srinivas in The Economic Times.
Ending The Kerala Model
Published on : Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The real story, however, is quite different from this received wisdom about the 'Kerala model'. In fact, government policies in Kerala had a less positive impact on social development and a more negative impact on economic development than has been commonly perceived. Not only do many of the state's successes trace back to institutions such as Christian missionary schools and hospitals that predate the welfare state, socio-economic realities within Kerala reveal a society trying its best to break free from the yoke of statism, writes Apoorva Shah in The Times Of India.
Well-nourished children win more medals
Published on : Monday, October 4, 2010
The problem of endemic child malnutrition in India has been receiving critical scrutiny from the Western press as of the commonwealth games. Government money often gets diverted before it reaches its intended beneficiaries. India’s successful software firms, after all, were not government-owned. Famines cost votes, malnutrition does not, writes Nirvikar Singh in The Financial Express .

April 15-16: Implementing the Forest Rights Act 2006, Patnagarh, Orissa
Diminishing electoral dividend for the political dynasties
28-29 March 2014 : Assessing the Implementation, Institutions and Impact of Forest Rights, Dediapada taluk in Gujarat
February 15-17 : Forest Rights Act Training Workshop, Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh
24th to 25th January 2014 : Workshop on Forest Rights Act Training at CASA Resources Center, Jharsuguda, Odisha
January 24th-25th : Forest Right Act Training Workshop, CASA Resources Center, Jharsuguda, Odisha
12th January 2014 : Assessing the implementation of Forest Rights Act, Sagai Village, Narmada, Gujarat
The rise and decline of regional parties in the North East
Did the land use policy help Congress win in Mizoram
Mizoram Assembly Election 2013 : A Brief Profile

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