Polity in India – About the blog

pol·i·ty: An organized society, such as a nation, having a specific form of government.

This blog aims to look at social and economic developments in India by adding dimensions of political subtext to the debate.  The aim is to look at the ideal role of our institutions (like political parties, judiciary, media, government agencies) and their shortcomings which keep getting highlighted on an everyday basis.

From May 2013 onwards, the blog has become a collaborative effort between like-minded individuals interested in public policy issues in India. The aim is to write on contemporary public policy issues ranging from corruption, communalism, cricket regulation, or India’s judiciary and government agencies (really, any issue relating to the way India and Indians are governed). We will try not to take overtly political stances, and our posts will be based on facts.

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Views expressed in their blog posts by contributors are their own and do not represent the views of other contributors. PolityinIndia as a blog does not independently support or subscribe to any given political view/ideology.

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9 thoughts on “Polity in India – About the blog

  1. really good blog mr. burman…
    your analytical temprament, as evidenced by your stance in the articles, is a welcome break from the proselytizing and didactic tone that most commentators assume when writing on matters such as polity is.

    I request you to, if it is not beset by unacceptable discomfort, organise the related articles (like the ones which have parts) in a contiguous fashion, it will make for a easier perusal.

    May i add, it is great that you already refer and provide links to articles from other sources if they are relevant to your piece, but it would be infinitely better if you could also put up links to all interesting articles that you find online but that dont necessarily become the inspiration for a post on your blog. It will help to share your evidently rich reading habit with those who would look to emulate the same.

    best regards


    1. Dear Siddharth, thank you for the thumbs-up on the blog, regarding your suggestion, I was in fact thinking of putting up a separate page on the blog, putting up articles that I come across. Hopefully, I’ll have enough content to upload it by next week. If you have any suggestions on the content/ layout, do let me know.


  2. Hi ,

    I can’t seem to be able to find your contact form/email.
    Would you be interested in a guest post for you blog? If you’re interested get back to me at my email.



  3. Have you read Moin Qazi’s: A Village Diary of a Heretic Banker?

    Your generation will have to deal with the mess created by the older politicians and bureaucrats who have presided over a declining India. They have looked for the easiest policies;and that has been the problem because colonial era held India back-and in fact made it regress. Then population boomed and exacerbated the challenge.

    Why did the Indian economy stagnate under the colonial rule?


    Guns and the British empire
    Eighteenth-century Indian arms were as sophisticated as European. Then came the British Empire to drive industry backwards

    Irony, by 1870s British had started declining, so by 1910 both Germany and US had leapt ahead.


    Everyone in India thinks they are ‘middle class’ and almost no one actually is
    Only 2% of Indians are actually middle income, according to a Pew survey.

    The gap between rich and poor States
    India is the only large country that is experiencing an economic divergence among its States

    The gap between India’s richer and poorer states is widening
    Economists are baffled, arguing that the poorer states should be catching up.

    May be because of this:

    Not surprising why gap is widening between states:

    “According to our benchmark estimates, the share of national income accruing to the top 1% income
    earners is now at its highest level since the creation of the Indian Income tax in 1922. The top 1%
    of earners captured less than 21% of total income in the late 1930s, before dropping to
    6% in the early 1980s and rising to 22% today.
    Over the 1951-1980 period, the bottom 50 % group captured 28% of total growth and incomes of this group
    grew faster than the average, while the top 0.1% incomes decreased.
    Over the 1980-2014 period,the situation was reversed; the top 0.1%
    of earners captured a higher share of total growth than the bottom 50% (12% vs.11%), while the top 1%
    received a higher share of total growth than the middle 40%(29% vs.23%)”
    Indian income inequality, 1922-2014:
    From British Raj to Billionaire Raj ?
    Lucas Chancel Thomas Piketty

    Seems to me, although still need to improve, Tamil Nadu is the best Indian State because despite development it has also been more inclusive.


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