Governance and Political Studies
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme

There are two lines of thought which are diametrically opposite, in the matter of how to tackle rural poverty. The western capitalist and the Chinese and Soviet Socialist view of this problem has been that farming should be treated almost as an indu....

Government’s Credibility Seriously at Stake – Aftermath of 13/7 Mumbai Attacks

One of the infirmities of our national security discourse is our skewed approach to the issues involved. We get disproportionally focused on the threat – its intensity, manifestations, damage caused etc. than the response required to address them. ....

The Bureaucratic Caste System

The Indian bureaucracy is highly caste bound, with the IAS being the Brahmins, the IPS being Keshetriyas, the bulk of the bureaucracy being the Vaishyas and the teacher and the scientist being the workhorse Shudras. We still identify the importance ....

The Role of The Prime Minister in A Westminster Democracy

Under the Indian Constitution the executive power of the Union vests in the President and is exercised by him through officers subordinate to him. However, in exercising his executive power the President is bound to act according to the aid and advi....

The Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparation) Bill 2011 - A Review

Ever since the riots in Gujarat post Godhra the so-called civil rights groups have been gunning for Narendra Modi and the Gujarat Government. The allegation is that the riots which targeted Muslims were instigated and supported by the ruling party, ....

India’s Stalled Reforms

Conventional wisdom would dictate that the weakening of hard-line communist parties in recent state elections should have been a boon for the country’s reform agenda. But these polls have also reaffirmed the importance of regional parties, which re....

The Prussian General Staff: Lessons for Indian Think Tankers

This essay argues that if Indian think tanks are to influence policy, they need to replicate the conditions under which policy allows itself to be shaped by expert advice. The essay uses the 19th century Prussian General Staff as a model to highlight....

MPs’ SALARIES - WORK LESS, EARN MORE

One does not know whether our MPs are aware of it, but there is widespread public resentment over the humongous salary hike that they have merrily given themselves during the recent Monsoon Session of Parliament. Public anger over this issue is occas....

India’s Trajectory to Regional and Global Power: Risks, Obstacles and Strengths

Many observers have commented that the 21st century belongs to India (and China). Since economics is increasingly becoming the currency of power this statement acknowledges the changing balance of power in the world and is a tribute to the growing ec....

Glossing Over Rajiv’s Role

Leaders of the Congress are scurrying for cover as the television and print media have begun bombarding the nation with hitherto unknown facts about the horrific environmental disaster that struck Bhopal in 1984. While a host of Congress leaders, inc....

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