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Dial Innovation for Governance; Use MPLAD to Fund 1-800-Citizen

India is the world's largest representative democracy. But the moot question is whether the elected representatives adequately represent the interests of the people? Governance in India is in the open economy. The informal market for priced ... New Indian Express, 6 days ago

Planning Commission Shut Down. Good. Now Don't Invent a Mutant

India's institutions and politicians have often, for inexplicable reasons, outlived logic, legitimacy and obituaries. The Planning Commission is an eloquent illustration. High priests of the commission in the 1960s and 1970s opposed every ...
 New Indian Express1 week ago

Must We Persist with Governors, Nominees and Nominated Notions

On Friday, the raging debate in India's living room democracy was centred on the prolonged absence of two Rajya Sabha MPs. Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha Ganesan—both nominated members—were seen to have breached public trust and belied expectations ...
 New Indian Express2 weeks ago
New Indian Express

It Costs to be Poor; Bank on Tech to Reinvent Inclusion

It is expensive to be poor… for individuals and for nations. Indians and India know this. Poor financial inclusion is the cause and consequence of entrenched poverty. The UPA regime chanted the mantra of inclusive growth for a decade. But the ...
 New Indian Express3 weeks ago

Gross Domestic Product of Lowest Common Denominators

Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try; No hell below us, above us only sky; Imagine all the people, living for today... Imagine John Lennon Imagine. Imagine being elected with margins of lakh-plus votes, being part of pre-poll ...
 New Indian Express1 month ago
New Indian Express

The Lingering Lunacy, Leftover Logic and Lipstick Politics

Are you being represented? There is nothing like watching the Parliament in session for a reality check. Tune into the debates—or sloganeering, if you please. The lingering lunacy of leftover ideas and logic, the attempts to air kiss every passing ...
 New Indian Express1 month ago

Prozac Prescribed, Promised Modification Postponed

Sigh! A sigh defines relief or weariness, yearning. When India sighed this Thursday, it was both relief and weariness. Relief because Budget 2014 signals a shift from the exclude-all-rationale populism. No bad news was good news. Weariness because ...
 New Indian Express1 month ago
New Indian Express

Mixing it Like Messi, Emigrants Define Goalposts of Globalisation

The global headcount of 230 million would make emigrants the fifth most populous nation. With remittances of over $500 million, Emigrant Nation would be ranked the 22nd largest economy, just trailing Sweden. Emigrant Nation is not a contestant at ...
 New Indian Express1 month ago

Follow the Monies Spent, the Promised Achche Din Will Follow

India's economy is best symbolised by the yo-yo—strung at the crossroads of hope and cynicism, between deliverance and disappointment. The India Story plays out in fits and starts, mostly buffering fuzzily as if the economy is operating on a poor ...
 New Indian Express2 months ago
New Indian Express

Inflationary Expectations Meet Deflationary Realities

: Railways declare that commodity-wise freight revenue has gone up. Thursday: Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda tells officials conventional thinking will not help achieve anything… excuses for non-performance will not be tolerated. Thursday: ...
 New Indian Express2 months ago
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