Category Archives: political economy

The Strong Man Cometh

(*: Man refers in this article to the species homo sapiens and has no gender connotations) “Après nous le déluge” (Madame de Pompadour) “Surely the Second Coming is at hand.” (The Second Coming: William Butler Yeats) “If God did not … Continue reading

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The commercialisation of nutrition – Maharashtra comes full circle

The flip-flops in India’s child nutrition policies are nowhere better exemplified than in the recent decision of the Maharashtra government to issue a tender for the supply of fortified ready-to-cook pre-mixes for feeding children, aged three to six years, in … Continue reading

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What trips street-level bureaucracy?

“There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip.”  Nowhere is this proverb truer than in the government machinery of India that is tasked with the staggering responsibility of delivering various crucial services to the 1.3 billion inhabitants of … Continue reading

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Himalayan Blunders in Healthcare – Gorakhpur and Beyond

This article was originally published on Indus Dictum, a site where thought leaders from diverse fields, spanning business and technology to politics and modern law, contribute unique insights and experiences. You can access the article at https://indusdictum.com/2017/08/17/himalayan-blunders-in-healthcare-gorakhpur-and-beyond/ In a country … Continue reading

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The Indian Political League

This article was originally published on Indus Dictum, a site where thought leaders from diverse fields, spanning business and technology to politics and modern law, contribute unique insights and experiences. You can access the article at https://indusdictum.com/2017/08/10/the-indian-political-league/ The match went down … Continue reading

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WHEN SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION

(The full version of the open letter of 10 June 2017 can be accessed at the wire.in) Sixty-five retired officers from different services came together in early June 2017 to pen an open letter to the public expressing their disquiet … Continue reading

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Maximum Government, Minimum Governance

No, I have not got the title wrong, as some people might think. It is just that a government elected on the platform of delivering efficient service with minimum intrusion into the lives of individuals is doing exactly the opposite … Continue reading

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