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The Importance of Inculcating an Entrepreneurial Mindset Among the Youth

The Indian economy has witnessed the brink of transition through the process of economic liberalisation undertaken in 1991 which shifted the focus from government owned entities to private players, while attracting foreign investment and decreasing inflation rates through open market competition. Despite such elaborate mechanisms, the effect of rise in GDP could only be observed …

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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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Leveraging Bureaucracy for Effective Public Service Delivery

The Constitution of India divides the government into three branches – namely, the Legislature, Executive, and the Judiciary, with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Legislature is responsible for law- making, and the executive takes care of policymaking and its execution. The public policies are elaborated and implemented through laws, rules, and regulations subject to review …

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Commercial Surrogacy: was it so wrong?

Booming business in Akanksha infertility clinic at Anand gave this Indian town a rather peculiar name: ‘The baby factory’ and the surrogates here are referred to as incubators working in this factory. India’s burgeoning ‘infertility tourism’ hinges on the ‘exploitation’ of these incubators. The complete surrogacy package including the cost of fertilization, the cost of …

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Envisioning a Semiconductor Aatmanirbhar Bharat

Today, investing in one semiconductor manufacturing unit, known as a ‘fabrication plant’ (fab), requires nearly a billion US dollars. While countries like China and South Korea possess pre-established technical ecosystems to attract these monies, this is not the case with India. Despite the fact that semiconductor consumption in India was worth USD $21 billion in …

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Completing 75 Years of Independence: what does the future hold for India

As we will be celebrating our 75th year of Independence (Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav), it seems fit to take a look back and assess our journey until now, the hits and misses and the way forward. The Indian democratic experiment, from its hard-fought struggle for independence to eventually an independent republic in 1947 and over …

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Defining Sustainability

The United Nations (UN) adopted 17-Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. All members of the UN including India are committed to these global goals.  The SDGs are inextricably intertwined for the holistic development of communities and nations and aim to achieve prosperous and peaceful living for human beings, ensuring food, nutrition, and health security for …

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Financial Regulations As Means To Force NGOs To Shut Down?

In 2020 the NDA government introduced new restrictions into the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act of 2010 [FCRA]. The new amendments curtail Indian Civil societies’ ability to receive foreign funds for their activities. The amendment makes it mandatory that to receive foreign funding a civil society must have a dedicated FCRA account in the State Bank …

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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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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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