More announcements, evidence can wait?

This is my latest Livemint column

Given Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public utterances accepting mythology as evidence of ancient India’s scientific achievements, it should not be surprising that for the current government, evaluations and learning don’t seem to play an important role in policymaking. Recently, speaking at a public event, Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan said: “India is different, and developing at a different time, and we should be agnostic about what will work”. Rajan was speaking on the government’s ‘Make in India’ push, on industrialisation and trade, but the union government would do well to pay heed to these words in the broader context of policymaking and action on the vexing development problems facing us today.

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