A pro-poor agenda

India’s new Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has just unveiled his union budget – that in addition to continuing the policies of the previous government, pays heed to the poll promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party. There is plenty to analyse in this budget, but I want to draw attention to a possible boring, but…

Enforcing accountability in decision-making

This is a joint post with Heather and the sixth and last post in the series on decisionmaking, continuing from the last one *** A recent episode reminded us of why we began this series of posts, of which is this is the last. We recently saw our guiding scenario for this series play out:…

Bhagwati’s ‘ab ki baar…’ politics

In my latest livemint column, I write about Bhagwati and his politics – in openly supporting Narendra Modi, even writing a letter to the Economist magazine defending Modi’s governance record. But is a Modi sarkar going to be all that Bhagwati and his protege Panagariya would have us believe? “…in supporting Modi, Bhagwati credits much…

How Congress took one for the family

In my latest livemint column, I write about the sorry state of the Congress party in the ongoing elections. This column was written over a week back and in the meanwhile, we have seen the pathetic attempts by Priyanka Gandhi to occupy centre-stage, while senior ministers have continued to shy away from the public glare.…

Allowing ‘revisibility’ in decisionmaking

This is a joint post with Heather – fifth in our series on decisionmaking. Now also on the World Bank PSD blog *** Throughout this series of posts (1, 2, 3, 4), we have considered two main issues. First, how can evidence and evaluation be shaped to be made more useful – that is, directly useable – in…