Dr. Kurien – a doyen of our times

Today is the 96th birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien. In many ways, Dr. Kurien changed our lives - the milk supply that we take for granted in Indian cities, Amul - a brand that invokes instant and affectionate recognition, and institutions that he built in his image - Anand Milk Union Limited, Gujarat Cooperative …

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Demonetisation: where is the Prestige?

We are close to completing a full year since the monumental misadventure called Demonetisation was unleashed upon an unsuspecting nation. Actually, demonetisation was just the starkest episode in a series of political stunts that Narendra Modi has pulled off. A quick recap:We are close to completing a full year since the monumental misadventure called Demonetisation …

Is the development sector succumbing to the ‘attribution’ pressure?

Without a doubt, there is pressure on development agencies to 'demonstrate' what they have achieved (results), and further, whether these results have been achieved in a cost-effective manner (value for money). Theories of change are constructed to strip away the fluff and depict attributable causal chains. In the process, some of these agencies sometimes face …

Modi needs a revamped National Advisory Council 

Demonetisation failed and the economy suffered, unsurprisingly so — as any dispassionate observer with even limited understanding of the economy would tell you. It is time to face up to the fact that the Narendra Modi government suffers from a severe talent deficit. Key sectors that need serious reforms have been languishing, often for lack …

India at 70: democratic accountability is now an endangered species

Democracies are expected to empower citizens to take genuine control of instruments of the state for their development. At the core of this concept is the idea that citizens will participate in governance at the local level, making decisions for themselves, and vote in representatives to legislatures for higher-level decisions. India is an implausible democracy, …