The writer is an IAS officer, batch of 1999, and a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School, US. Views are personal
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
Sister Cyril claims herself to be a very practical human. She writes: "Look, I'm practical. Here we're all practical. A lot of foreigners go out to places like Eastern Bypass (in Kolkata), take one look at the living conditions and say, 'poor things, poor things'. I say, don't pity them, do something for them!"