Playing ‘truth or dare’ with governance

One of the tactics used in the game of ‘truth or dare’ is to choose a dare when one doesn’t want to reveal the truth. Transport this analogy to the world of governance and you start to see numerous instances where governments are unwilling to reveal the truth and instead choose to get busy creating…

States stuck in a rut need a big push

In recent years, the central government and the central Planning Commission, through a plethora of centrally sponsored schemes, had been distorting the district- and state-level planning and accountability mechanisms. A move towards correcting this was made when the government of India’s 2014 budget announced a three-fold increase in the quantum of funds being transferred to…

Journalists as lecturers: Trolling 101

There are some once-sensible journos out there who caustically celebrate instances of sexual assaults and violence if it helps them further their partisan politics by even an inch… Kerala church pays nun to shut her for alleging torture/sexual assault.She must feel like "stranger"in her own church http://t.co/3VOvyppqEN — Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) March 30, 2015 No…

Was costing the MDGs a mistake?

Shanta Devarajan wrote a self-critical blog last week on why it was a mistake to try and cost the Millennium Development Goals way back in 2002. One by one, he picks on the motivation, method and philosophy of the exercise through which they concluded that it would take $50 billion in aid to reach the…

Where Raghuram Rajan bats for a strong government

Much of the media coverage of Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan’s recent speech in Goa focused on his use of the Hitler example to illustrate how a strong government does not always work in the interests of the country. On the contrary, Rajan’s speech really was about why we urgently need a strong government. See…