In Perspective

Charisma: The Good and the Bad Sides

Will the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) disintegrate following the acrimonious differences within the party after J Jayalalithaa’s demise? Will the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the...

In Perspective, Governance and Political Studies

The Rise and Fall of MGP: Case History of Regional Failure

One significant outcome of India’s federal structure has been the formation and the rise of regional parties. The federal nature of the state, enshrined in the Constitution and represented in our socio-cultural ethos, allowed space for the...

In Perspective, Governance and Political Studies

In the Season of Elections, Who Will Bloom?

2017 is politically the most important year ahead of 2019, when the Lok Sabha election will be held. Elections to five State Assemblies are in the process. Of them, Goa and Punjab have already voted, while Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur...

In Perspective, Governance and Political Studies

Of National Governance and Regional Governance

The term ‘governance’ is generally associated with the conduct of a Government at the national or the local levels. But there is also the concept of global governance, or regional governance that goes beyond national boundaries in...

In Perspective, Economic Studies

Historic Budget in the Offing

If you are a tennis buff, the country’s Union Budget is akin to the Australian Open. Just as this tournament, held in January every year, marks the beginning of the Grand Slam season, the Budget presented in February marks the start of the...

In Perspective, Economic Studies, Governance and Political Studies

Need to Reform Funding of Political Parties

One of the good fallouts of the Union Government’s demonetisation drive has been a renewed demand for reforms in the funding of political parties. After all, since demonetisation is supposed to tackle black money and the role of black money...

In Perspective, Governance and Political Studies

Post-Demonetisation – The Way Forward

On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook the economy by the scruff of its neck with his decision to demonetise more than 85 per cent of the Indian currency (by value) then in circulation. The announcement, televised live to the...

In Perspective, Economic Studies, Governance and Political Studies

Jammu & Kashmir - Deciding on Inviolability of Article 370

When the Jammu & Kashmir High Court, nearly a year ago, held that the State enjoyed “sovereignty” because such status had been “guaranteed under Article 370” of the Constitution of India, Pakistan-based Dawn...

In Perspective, Governance and Political Studies

Waiting for the Lokpal to Become Functional

Late last month, the Government and the Supreme Court ‘clashed’ yet again, but this time not on the selection of judges. The apex court expressed deep reservations over the continuing delay in the appointment of a Lokpal. It was...

In Perspective, Governance and Political Studies

Of Good and Bad Populists that Shape Nation’s Politics

A new wave of populism appears to be sweeping across Europe; western and eastern. Populist leaders have sprouted all over, gaining (or having gained) public support. A new narrative, an alternative brand of politics is being shaped. The trend is...

In Perspective, Governance and Political Studies