Governance

Integrated Child Development Services: a largely unnoticed scheme that needs timely intervention

In another three years, India will commemorate the 50th Anniversary for one of its earliest flagship programmes, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). The programme’s intention is to ensure Early Childhood Care and Development for Children between 0-6 years of age. Beyond this, the programme also caters to the needs of pregnant and lactating mothers by …

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Are a Lesser Number of Political Parties Better for the People?

States in India have different number of political parties contesting Vidhan Sabha (or state) elections. This article looks to explore if there is a relationship between the number of parties contesting elections in a state, and the quality of governance and quantity of public goods provisioned in that state.  Chhibber & Nooruddin (2004) suggests that …

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Energy Transition to Green Hydrogen Leading to National Energy Security – Atma Nirbharta

Energy: The unquenchable thirst for humankind As we look around, every nation is pushing its own limits to secure its energy sources. Every country, be it the superpowers or tiny island nations, has always raced and competed to get hold of scarce energy resources. Starting from the imperial colonial pursuits of the exploring Europeans to …

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A Solution-Centric Mindset is Fundamental to Public Policy Work

Albert Einstein, widely regarded as one of the greatest physicists of all time, had famously remarked “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. Einstein, in all likelihood, made this statement to influence scientific temper and inculcate the value of scientific thinking, but his quote is easily admissible …

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The Pandemic Unveils the Politics of Expertise

The pandemic COVID-19 unleashed a global crisis that pressed for expertise more than ever before.  Virologists, epidemiologists, and other health scientists were hunted all across the nations to reframe health policies to cater to the requirements of the pandemic.  And, their formulations to contain the coronavirus remained unchallenged.  The epistemic authority of experts justified restrictive …

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A Case for Urban Employment Guarantee Programme – Necessity, Precedents and Proposals

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on not just public health, but also on economies and livelihoods of people around the world. Socio-economic inequalities worsened globally, pushing about 230 million people into poverty in India alone, as per a report by Azim Premji University [1]. If there is one thing that the last …

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