India’s Containment Plan for Covid-19: Institutions & Functions

India's political and administrative structure is large and complex. Over the last couple of days, I have been thinking about the institutional structure that the Union government has designed and deployed to control coronavirus' spread in its 29 states with 736 districts and over 650,000 villages. These numbers are overwhelming considering the rapidity with which … Continue reading India’s Containment Plan for Covid-19: Institutions & Functions

Day 11: A Teachable Moment

04/04/2020 Day 11 Looking at Covid-19 response in India and the developing world over the past few weeks Gulzar Natrajan writes that ‘this is a teachable moment.’ He suggests that ‘the response of governments across developing countries to Covid 19 should count as an example of triumph of theoretical knowledge over practical wisdom.’ In the … Continue reading Day 11: A Teachable Moment

A term as Teaching Assistant

In June, 2018 I finished assisting on a course on Public Finance for master degree students at my home institution - National Law School. Time spent on delivering this course has been a useful opportunity to observe higher education learning and teaching. This post is to gather key takeaways from this engagement. Moreover, it seems … Continue reading A term as Teaching Assistant

[Policy Thinking]: A Flowchart

In the type of work we do in our consulting practice - research, evaluation and advisory, there is seldom time to develop theoretical insights, during the preparatory phase or during an ongoing work. It helps us to have (relatively) quick process flows; application oriented concepts and most importantly actionable insights. This is where one cannot … Continue reading [Policy Thinking]: A Flowchart

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

Workers of the world can’t unite: May Day in neo-liberal times

Walking with workers on May Day morning was a humbling experience. Workers' unions from various establishments across the state showed up for May Day rally at the Town Hall yesterday. I was also filling up the last of my field trips for masters' thesis. So, this also comes from my field notes. The roads in … Continue reading Workers of the world can’t unite: May Day in neo-liberal times

The Middle Path to Development: Lessons from Bhutan’s environment policy

If there is a place which can make a traveler feel intimate with it in the shortest time since her arrival, Paro would be it. A gushing river of clear water and a fort marks the entrance to the town. The air is an invitation to inhale deep and a reminder that this is not … Continue reading The Middle Path to Development: Lessons from Bhutan’s environment policy