Day 77: Jean Dreze and public-spiritedness

Jean Dreze. Photo Credit: Ramchandra Guha, 2018. 09/06/2020 Day 77 The day began slow, with a cup of coffee and music. In this town, industrial sounds are non-existent. The soundtrack is of pure domesticity - a washing machine here and a water pump there. Sounds of cars starting and mixer-grinders in kitchens. In-between all this … Continue reading Day 77: Jean Dreze and public-spiritedness

Notes from an Indian highway

Towns and villages along Indian highways that connect major cities are being transformed in ways that will have significant bearing on the growth trajectory of this country. It is in these locations that India is changing perhaps more rapidly. One tends to imagine the metropolis as a site of reading transformation in a society, which … Continue reading Notes from an Indian highway

Economics, Development & Policy Takeaways, 2017

It has been an extraordinary year in academic realm, especially in public policy and economics. This is the year when economics got realistic, if one regards the annual Nobel Prize in Economics as a defining moment in economics research. Richard Thaler won it for for showing how the human traits of 'limited rationality, social preferences, and lack of … Continue reading Economics, Development & Policy Takeaways, 2017

Social Responsibility of Business & the Companies Act 2013

In an earlier version I titled this post as - Legalizing loot by the state – Companies Bill 2013. It was due to the coercive way of making businesses part with their profits over and above the taxes they pay (by the way of Companies Bill 2013) , to get some of its own work … Continue reading Social Responsibility of Business & the Companies Act 2013

Understanding Public Policy Research – A schematic

Here is a ‘discipline neutral’ way of understanding policy research. This stuff comes out from a course on Introduction to Policy Research that I take this term. Interestingly enough this is the first time that we have a specific course titled as that – Public Policy, as a part of any graduate program in an … Continue reading Understanding Public Policy Research – A schematic

Paving the road to hell with agricultural productivity

Here is a brief of a new policy study that my colleague Praveena and I begin this month. We are excited about this idea as agriculture and development has been sectors of our interest since long and that a sector fatigue (from our work in water sector) is slowly kicking in. We would sharpen this … Continue reading Paving the road to hell with agricultural productivity

Microfinance in India: A case of development’s bull run

Talking to some friends who work in NGOs I have noticed an increased pace of activity in NGOs running microfinance programs. And some programs around the other buzz word 'financial inclusion'. This made me think if microfinance really has the kind of emancipatory potential that many in the non-profit sector see. I dug up a … Continue reading Microfinance in India: A case of development’s bull run

The proverbial India – China comparison

There is this obsession with Indians about Chinese cities, their outrageously large engineering projects, their ventures in Africa, the Chinese people and other things Chinese. Especially in my neighbourhood which is a rather insignificant south Indian town where a private university (happens to be my alma mater too) has been admitting hundreds of Chinese students in its … Continue reading The proverbial India – China comparison

On use of safety gear in the Indian Industry (Part 2)

My interest in  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or Safety Gear use in India stems from a business interest that I have. Doing long road trips and train rides do this thing to you - that you  are never short of ideas to pursue. Starting a business in manufacturing PPE for construction and building industry is one … Continue reading On use of safety gear in the Indian Industry (Part 2)