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The TFP-Capital Flows Puzzle: Clues for India



Aniruddha Ghosh (MSc. Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, LSE 2016-17) and Sujan Bandyopadhyay (MSc. Economics, LSE 2016-17) write this opinion piece for the South Asia Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science about the puzzle between Total Factor Productivity and Capital Flows.

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Preserving our historical baggage: Why a crime severity index is needed for proactive policing



Rahul Mohan completed his bachelors in electrical engineering from VIT University. Post that he worked as a LAMP(Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament) fellow, assisting a senior parliamentarian in the Rajya Sabha on policy and legislative matters. He currently works as a research associate with Swaniti Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation working in the development sector. During his present stint he has been exploring the intersection between public policy and governance at the district level, on a pan-India basis. He can be reached out through email: rahul.m@swaniti.in.

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Open defecation is more than a sanitation problem



Rukhsat Hussain holds a masters degree in Human Rights from Aligarh Muslim University. He is working as a Senior Research Associate at Research Monitoring and Evaluation center of the SM Sehgal Foundation. His areas of expertise include qualitative and quantitative research on water, and sanitation.

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Future of Cyber Security in India

If India’s encryption policy is to be effective, it must mandate higher standards and enhance trust

Alexander Spalding is a third-year student of Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He spent his summer working with the Observer Research Foundation as a policy research intern with the think-tank’s cyber-security team in Delhi. While in India he also conducted ethnographic research on the way that former street children use the Delhi ‘street theatre’ scene as a therapeutic domain, and travelled extensively in Rajasthan and the Indian Punjab.

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Regulatory Impact Analysis: Hopefully, a prelude to ‘Make in India’


In view of the new ‘Make in India’ agenda of the Modi government, Aparajita Bharti argues for the adoption of the Regulatory Impact Analysis, a global practice to evaluate the costs and benefits of a proposed/existing regulation, that has also found favour in Planning Commission and other governmental reports.

Aparajita Bharti is the founding editor of the Oxford India Policy series. She is an alumnus of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

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The Global Rise of the Right

Amid the rise of right-wing parties to governments across Asia, Apoorv Tiwari cautions against prematurely writing off the Leftist ideology.

Apoorv Tiwari is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and currently working as an associate with Swaniti Initiative. The opinions of the author  are independent of his association with Swaniti.

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Mandatory CSR: A win-win?

Amid all the bad press the mandatory CSR has received, Akshaya Kamalnath and Ashrita Kotha attempt to demystify and look at the policy implications of the provision which is the first of its kind in the world.

Akshaya Kamalnath is a doctoral student at the University of Newcastle.  Ashrita Prasad Kotha is pursuing her BCL at the University of Oxford.

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The Puzzle of the BJP’s Muslim Supporters in Gujarat

Image credit: Hindu Centre
Raheel Dhattiwala examines a political phenomenon in Gujarat: the support of Muslims for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that many Muslims perceive as responsible for the brutal violence in the State in 2002 when at least a thousand Muslims were killed. The findings are based on 23 months of ethnographic fieldwork — in periods spanning three elections in 2010, 2012 and 2014 — and an analysis of 101 polling booths in Ahmedabad city.

The following article is a summary of a policy report by the author.

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2014 Elections: The Waves of Change?

  Mathew Idiculla

Although the public discourse surrounding the 2014 general elections seems to be centered on the effects of a “Modi Wave”, Mathew Idiculla stresses the need to remember that elections in India are ultimately a multi-polar contest fought over varied issues.

Mathew Idiculla is a graduate fellow at the Law, Governance and Development Initiative in the School of Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

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The politics of apoliticising gender in India

 
Bhoomika Joshi and Sanober Umar

Bhoomika Joshi and Sanober Umar are graduates in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. They can be contacted at joshibhoomika@gmail.com and sanober_umar@hotmail.com respectively.

Bhoomika is currently a Program Associate with the Uttarakhand Mahila Parishad (Uttarakhand Women’s Federation), undertaking research activities with regard to discourses on gender, community, collective action, development and disaster. Sanober is currently involved in two independent projects; one that aims to raise gender consciousness and provide tools for mentorship for girls from underprivileged backgrounds in Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), and another documentary project, which aims to record the testimonials, poetry and collective efforts to combat the trauma of sexual violence of women from marginalized communities.

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Getting this Straight: Decriminalising Gay Sex is an Idea Whose Time has Come


India in respect to the world order on LGBT legilsation

Karan Singh looks at the medievalism of the criminalisation of gay sex, and grounds his argument for the reversal of the Supreme Court judgment in India’s long history of social reforms.

Karan Singh is the founder and CEO of N-Sight Consulting. He is an alumnus of the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics (LSE), the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore and The World Bank Institute.

Twitter: @KSingh_India

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Women as Political Actors- Rethinking Strategies



Aprajita Pandey is Partnerships, Communications and Research Associate at Haiyya. 

Haiyya was founded in February, 2013 by Deepti Doshi, who is a graduate in Public Administration from Kennedy School at Harvard University.  Haiyya (www.haiyya.in)  is a mission-based, non-partisan, Mumbai-based organization that  promotes leadership and community building as a means to foster civic engagement. Currently, Haiyya is working on Rise Up! Campaign in Delhi for aggregating women’s voices in the upcoming State assembly elections.

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Food for thought: The route to food security

  Rohit Sinha

Rohit Sinha is a research scholar at the Centre for Politics & Governance at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He also worked as a Legislative Assistant to Mr. Piyush Goyal (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha) in the past.

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Ending Gendercide: The Policy Pandora’s Box?

  Ram Mashru

Ram Mashru is a freelance journalist and south Asia analyst. He specialises in the politics, human rights and international relations of India and has had articles published in a range of national and international publications. He recently obtained an MSc in Contemporary India (Area Studies), with distinction, from the University of Oxford and read for a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge. Twitter: @RamMashru

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Note from the Editor

Aparajita Bharti

Aparajita Bharti is pursuing Master of Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Twitter: @BhartiAparajita.

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A Reformed Role Model: India, A Reluctant Rights Promoter

  Ram Mashru

Ram Mashru is a freelance journalist and south Asia analyst. He specialises in the politics, human rights and international relations of India and has had articles published in a range of national and international publications. He recently obtained an MSc in Contemporary India (Area Studies), with distinction, from the University of Oxford and read for a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge. Twitter: @RamMashru

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Against the odds of history

  Maya Tudor

Maya Tudor, a University Lecturer in Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, is the author of ‘The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan’.

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The Naxal, the Tribal, and the Doctor

  Anirudh Burman

Anirudh is a graduate in law from Harvard Law School (LL.M.). He currently works with the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. His interests pertain to issues of regulatory governance, and the functioning of government agencies in India.

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A Case for Democratising Lobbying in India

Kaushiki Sanyal and Harsimran Kalra

Kaushiki Sanyal is a Senior Analyst with Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business and Harsimran Kalra is Public Policy Scholar with The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy.

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Does the Participatory Approach to Development

  Uthara Ganesh

Uthara Ganesh is a governance and policy professional from New Delhi, India. She currently works on a Consumer Policy and Protection Project jointly implemented by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the German Development Co-operation (GIZ).

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India’s Demographic Dividend: Where are the jobs?

  Rohit Sinha

Rohit Sinha is a research scholar at the Centre for Politics & Governance at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He also worked as a Legislative Assistant to Mr. Piyush Goyal (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha) in the past.

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Deepening Democracy in India: Fine-tuning rules and procedures to strengthen parliamentary oversight

   Aparajita Bharti

Aparajita Bharti is pursuing Master of Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. This article was originally posted in Deepening Democracy online series, responding to the September 2012 report by the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security, on improving the integrity of elections on http://www.politicsinspires.org/

 

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Knee jerk responses or policy in action?

  Dhvani Mehta
Dhvani Mehta is a Rhodes Scholar and a D.Phil Candidate in Environmental Law at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.  She is specifically examining forest conservation legislation in India.

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