Let the public participate

This post was first published in Takshashila's Pragati - The Indian National Interest Review on May 3, 2013.  The article can be accessed here. Given the failure of many government legislations in achieving the objectives for which they were formulated, a case for institutionalising deeper public consultations in the legislative process has been made in... Continue Reading →

Indian Supreme Court: When Distance affects Visibility

Taking a break from my posts on China, I am summarising a fantastic article by Mr. Nick Robinson (Yale Law School South Asia Teaching and Research Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi) which appeared recently in Frontline magazine.  The article argues that the Supreme Court is not as populist... Continue Reading →

A Unique Identity

Today I had the opportunity of listening to Nandan Nilekani talk about the Unique Identification (UID) project.  He also referred us to the UIDAI website which has an approach paper to creating the UID database.  The points he mentioned are the same as those contained in the approach paper, and I am summarising them below... Continue Reading →

The Top-Down

The new government promised us governance for the aam-aadmi.  Those of us who think this in any way means governance by the aam-aadmi are increasingly being proved to be fools.  In incdent after incident, hopes of reform towards decentralisation have been thwarted by the high-handedness of the central government.  Consider: (1) Visa restrictions. - The... Continue Reading →

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