The writer is member, Niti Aayog. Views are personal
Despite all the talk of decentralisation, nothing does. Nobody owns the planning and development functions in panchayat samitis and gram panchayats.
The current outrage over the proposal to tax agricultural income misses the point — often deliberately
But we still have the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885. It must be replaced, instead of piecemeal amendments
Judges can avail of leave without doing it collectively
A stocktaking of the state of public toilets in the city is a depressing exercise
Democracy is about numbers. Yet a democratic government must address each citizen
Technology has made the idea of decentralised planning tangible
People are jumping on to the Gross National Happiness bandwagon, in an attempt to capture something that remains elusive
GDP has shortcomings but finding an alternative indicator is a challenge.
And thereby hangs a tale
The colonial category of “criminal tribes” may have been “denotified” but many communities remain unclassified
In World Bank’s doing business rankings, India doesn’t do as well on trading across borders as it does on other parameters.
The discussion on the fall in employment after the November 8 demonetisation relies on anecdotal evidence. It is not backed by data.
The judiciary must give up its reluctance to accept performance indicators and impart transparency to the collegium process.
To set an example for the judiciary, the Supreme Court must address its own backlog of cases.
The objective is not to teach to the student, which happens through classroom contact, but to make the student learn, which can happen outside classroom contact too.
In this age of copy-and-paste, plagiarism and piracy are rarely regarded as serious issues.
Shouldn’t the weekly off day be a matter of choice, instead of being dictated by law?
Europe was outraged at the condition of slaughterhouses in the 19th century. India still isn’t .
Unlicensed and illegal slaughterhouses present a municipal governance problem.
Prepaid electricity in Manipur reduces power theft; improves supply.
Gazetteers could help us understand why certain districts have remained backward for more than 50 years.
Resolution of citizen grievances is an indicator of the performance of government departments.
Rajasthan law reform project is the most ambitious overhaul of outdated and obsolete statutes undertaken in the country.
The Central Statistical Office has never resorted to deception, nor is it doing so now.
Fake, spin and jumla have been used to describe the latest GDP figures, but commentators appear to be relying, sometimes wilfully, on the wrong parameters.
The problem begins with the way we define “urban” and “rural”
A 19th-century commission report is instructive — it argued against bans, distinguished between private and social costs, highlighted externalities.
Governance in Kerala is superior to that in Bihar. But after that, state rankings are a fraught exercise
Suggestions for public expenditure must also account for opportunity costs.
Sustainable development, however defined, is about future cost and benefit, neither of which is known with certainty.
Sanskrit and its scholars thrived in the Mughal court between 1560 and 1660. A scholarly book describes this fascinating history. If only, the prose were less turgid.
To optimise the potential for medical tourism, stop formulating and implementing policies in silos. And ensure adequate dissemination of information
We need to make goat farming organised, tie it to agriculture and animal husbandry.
Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated
ICDS, the primary scheme targeting malnutrition, needs to be broadened with the help of the National Nutrition Mission.