Governance

How Reservation for Women in Panchayati Raj Institutions Turned into a Proxy Paradox

Despite the fact that women account for half of the country’s population, their representation in the public arena is limited due to the country’s socio-cultural circumstances and patriarchal structure. India is no exception as just like many other countries of the world, women are underrepresented at all levels of decision-making. As the data suggests, the …

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The Silver Lining on Red Light

The word ‘sex’ is considered taboo and brings shame to the people who dare to utter it. One can only imagine the social stigma attached to sex-work and the people involved in it.  Though sex-work is not a criminal offense, but, under the  Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1986, (ITPA), brothel-keeping, living on earnings of a …

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Defining Public Policy: deepen understanding of true essence

Public policy aberrations are more discerning these days.  Some of these are evidence-based, but often these are unsubstantiated and ill-informed. The recent debate on agriculture policy that led to the repeal of farm laws, and data privacy protection due to interception of personal data through PEGASUS, etc., were observed across many countries. In Punjab, the …

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Can Existing Digital Financial Services in India Bridge the Gender Gap?

The gender gap has been the root of multiple socio-economic and political problems. The Global Gender Gap Report, by the World Economic Forum, delivers the numerical situation of gender equivalency under the following four themes: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.  Since 2006, there has been a stable progress …

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Swachh Bharat Mission: Grameen (SBM-G) Through Behavioural Lens

Sound Public Policies target the minds of the people. They are there to change the behavior of the public to benefit society. One such well-known policy is “Swacch Bharat Mission – Grameen (SBM-G)”. It had shifted its focus from production outputs (i.e. toilet construction) to behavioral outcomes (open-defecation-free [ODF]). It focused on active involvement by …

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Comparing Employment and the Incidence of Poverty in U.P. and Bangladesh

Bangladesh and U.P. are both one of the most populated regions globally. Other than population, there are other various parameters where they can be compared. In the given write-up, we have compared the unemployment and incidence of poverty between these two regions. Further, we have also tried to understand its implications.  Bangladesh: From the Bottomless …

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