The writer is an IAS officer, batch of 1999, and a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School, US. Views are personal
Indian Administrative Services can lead the charge. If it reinvents itself, its effects will ripple through the system, galvanise change.
A nuanced process of active but careful cadre management should inform lateral entry into IAS
There should be a system of annual recruitment into the IAS of mid-career professionals from diverse sectors
Far from infusing energy, it could further enfeeble the bureaucracy.
India needs prudent compromises to achieve its health coverage goals.
Land markets are skewed by policies that urgently require correction.
We need bang-for-buck reform to loosen the binding constraints on manufacturing.
Most of the dynamism of the Indian economy comes from its states. They must be given more room to chart their growth trajectories
Nothing less than a paradigm shift in urban governance will do
Government must create a more welcoming climate for small businesses.
We need to debate how we define access to opportunities
No magic pill solution or quick fix can make up for basic administrative deficiencies
'The real success of a city depends on its ability to make available its facilities and resources equitably. Everybody who lives there must have access to what the city offers, be it housing, drinking water, healthcare, safety or educational opportunities,' says Sheila Dikshit.