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Expecting a populist Budget
25 February 2013
The government will need a lot of explaining to do about the rising corruption in the Budget session and will have to cast its tax net wider to catch the tax dodgers. What it will do to make the tax base bigger could be an interesting feature of Budget 2013.
Justice Verma Committee Report and the need for engendering electoral process
16 February 2013
The recommendations of the Verma Committee establishing a link between the urgent need for electoral reforms and gender justice is a novel recommendation in terms of ensuring that candidates / legislators are more gender sensitive.
Take cyber security seriously
15 February 2013
Till now India has seen cyber-security only as a simple issue of a malware or a virus. But cyber-security is about protecting India's digital assets from cyber invaders, as India is rapidly turning into a digital society.
Myth of the Gujarat model miracle
13 February 2013
There is more to good governance than just Economic Freedom. Gujarat has not done too badly, but to claim that it is the "best governed state" is to be somewhat economical with the truth.
Is new urban middle class forcing change in politics?
06 February 2013
Though it is too early to interpret possible impact of the new activism of India's burgeoning urban middle class on nature and character of politics and system of governance, if we take recent global events as a sort of barometer, the change has already begun.
Internal migration: ORF Data Labs case study
02 February 2013
We have seen that high illiteracy rates in rural Bihar, Bihar being least urbanised, is a cause of concern as illiterate migrants at best find employment in menial jobs or fall out of the workforce, even after migration.
The Centre, the State - and Tamil Nadu
N Sathiya Moorthy
30 January 2013
There is an urgent need for the appointment of a new commission, on the footsteps of the Sarkaria Commission and the Justice E Venkataramaiah Commission, to review Centre-State relations, and State-to-State relations.
From an 'air of permissiveness' to a 'sense of security'
N Sathiya Moorthy
28 January 2013
Better policing, if nothing else, could help eliminate the existing air of permissiveness and re-introduce a sense of security in women - and also in men - inside their homes and outside - than at present.
Duflo, Lynas highlight existential crisis of Indian activism
28 January 2013
Mark Lynas is right. Completely divorced from research and data Indian activism today is a cesspool of myths and misconceptions
Congress: In a mood to take risk
24 January 2013
The Congress' brain storming session at Jaipur seemed to suggest that the party is now in a mood to take big risks in the months ahead. The diesel price hike clearly was the most risky one, politically speaking.
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