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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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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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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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India’s Coal Crisis: how were government policies responsible?

Energy security concerns are a crucial component structuring Indian national and international policy impacting our country’s national development and economic self-sufficiency, its global positioning as an economic and political power and its strategic advantages in international relations. Energy security also emerges as a particularly relevant concern given the contrast between India’s aims of increasing digitalisation …

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