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To prevent another Gandaman

Tuesday 17 December '13

Midday meal rankings are a good first step. They need to be done right.
Why the central scheme needs a trim

Saturday 29 June '13

As India’s politics becomes more decentralised, administration and delivery are becoming more centralised
Not by inputs alone

Wednesday 10 April '13

Building an outcome-focused RTE will require a fundamental transformation of how the state goes about its business
The right to fix your education

Monday 14 November '11

Can the RTE empower students and parents, instead of a bureaucracy?
Breaking out of the input trap

Monday 31 January '11

Centrally-sponsored input-driven schemes will fail until you empower states and evaluate output
There’s no such thing as a local Plan

Monday 1 November '10

Planning Commission wants to make planning more ‘participative’.
Holding authority to account

Wednesday 17 March '10

Like clockwork, news of amendments to the Right to Information Act makes its way to newspaper headlines. It started with the issue of “vexatious” and “frivolous” applications...
Education finance

Saturday 23 January '10

Elementary education policy in India is, as economist Lant Pritchett characterises it, in a “Big Stuck”.
Confused accountability

Saturday 20 June '09

Instead of increasing MPLADS, reconsider it entirely
Publish or perish

Saturday 24 January '09

The Supreme Court’s reluctance to reveal judicial assets is troubling
Under the table

Tuesday 9 December '08

In 2003, the United Nations General Assembly designated 9 December as the International Anti-Corruption Day.
Pay it forward

Saturday 23 August '08

The Prime Minister’s Independence Day bonanza to our babus has put administrative reform back on the map.
A report card for India

Wednesday 23 January '08

Last week, Pratham came out with its Annual Survey of Education Report...
A happy tale from two states

Thursday 27 December '07

Back in 2004, when the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act...
No toilets please, we’re Indian

Tuesday 20 November '07

New Delhi played host to the World Toilet Summit 2007 a fortnight ago. There is nothing as unglamorous as the vision...
State of complicity

Friday 19 October '07

Why is it that, for a country which is experiencing record-breaking economic growth with nascent super power...
Quality at Rs 500 a day?

Wednesday 12 September '07

Yes, criticise MPs for poor debates. But also think, they get little money, no incentive for policy research
Visible government for invisible people

Wednesday 22 August '07

The last few weeks have seen a rash of national stock-taking as India turned 60. The country today has a strong, vibrant economy...


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Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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