Integrating Governance into Development – reading DFID’s Governance Position Paper

Earlier this year, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) released its latest Position Paper on Governance (Governance for Growth, Stability and Inclusive Development, DFID, March 2019). The paper marshals evidence to make the case that ‘governance’, lies at the core of sustainable development, and establishes the inter-dependence between governance on one hand, and growth, …

#NewIndia is built on post-truth politics

If there is one truth we ought to have learnt over the past seven years or so, it is that there is nothing inevitable about the India story. The economy has taken a hit from misguided policymaking; allegations of corruption and cronyism abound; our image as a ‘country unsafe for women’ has taken strong roots …

The BJP is all-powerful at the moment, and it has come at the cost of India’s ‘state capacity’

One can argue that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, the Bharatiya Janata Party has reached the zenith of its powers. The absolute majority in Parliament, and the control of states that account for over 60% of the population of India, an increasing control over the media and intellectual establishments – all of …

Big-picture transformation takes more than just chasing targets

We Indians love large numbers. We also love big ideas. This probably was one of the reasons why Narendra Modi, as a new Prime Minister in 2014, embarked on a series of mega initiatives – all touted as game-changing ideas – to accompany the promise of ramping up implementation of existing schemes. Investing political capital …