Judith Tendler, and learning from ‘good government’

On 24th July 2016, Judith Tendler, former Professor at the Department of Urban studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, passed away. She was 77. A Ph.D from Columbia University, Judith Tendler spent several years at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), before a long career as a Professor … Continue reading Judith Tendler, and learning from ‘good government’

Why am I against Narendra Modi as Prime Minister?

Written originally eighteen months back, unsurprisingly, every word sounds true. Self-fulfilling prophecy? Fair enough I guess. *** The debate around Narendra Modi has been quite toxic and no one will concede that the other is unbiased. I think we also forget that it is ok for us not to agree on each other's political choices. … Continue reading Why am I against Narendra Modi as Prime Minister?

The man and the manifesto

Some observers are upset that the principal opposition party in India’s 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has issued its election manifesto only on the morning of the first day of polling. BJP’s spokespersons claimed that the party’s agenda has been the clearest among all political parties and has been articulated over … Continue reading The man and the manifesto

The federal roll-back

In my latest column for livemint, I highlight what I think was the most significant aspect of the 2014-15 union budget presented by Finance Minister, P Chidambaram. By announcing the intention to increase the plan assistance to states almost three-fold, the Government of India has made a major move towards empowering state governments and also … Continue reading The federal roll-back

Through the ‘Power lens’: why UPA remains a formidable force

Irrespective of all the economic and political disquiet, the ruling dispensation remains a formidable force - primarly due to its internal coherence regarding leadership.Lets look back at Steven Lukes and his analysis of 'power'. Lukes  introduced us to a three-dimensional view of power: a continuum in ways one can exercise power, ranging from coercion to … Continue reading Through the ‘Power lens’: why UPA remains a formidable force

Lobbying: what our Parliament should learn from the US’ Senate

In this age of blatant lobbying,The (US) Senate minority who last week blocked a vote on ending Big Oil subsidies received more than four times the oil and gas contributions than the 51 senators voting to end them. Exxon Mobil, the world’s most profitable corporation, has helped preserve these and other loopholes for oil and … Continue reading Lobbying: what our Parliament should learn from the US’ Senate