While the reforms to political finance announced as part of the India’s 2017 Budget are a step in the right direction, they will do little to change the reality of non-transparent political funding.
During World War II, Subhas Chandra Bose raised perhaps the first female infantry fighting unit in military history, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment (RJR).
As the universal basic income discussion evolves, it is imperative that policymakers deliberate upon the research on cash transfers, the administrative muscle required to disburse benefits across the land, and the contextual factors driving the revealed preferences of the poor.
Despite India’s impressive economic growth rates in the mid-2000s, the long-term magnitude and sustainability of this progress remains uncertain.
In sectors such as mobility, health care, energy, and agriculture, disruptive solutions are important, but even more important is the consumer need for multiple solutions and fair competition, and respect for privacy and security concerns.
In India, distrust of government and social cleavages encourage voters to support those who bend the rules to defend their communities. Similar conditions in the United States contributed to Trump’s election.
Modi’s push towards demonetization shows that corruption remains a large problem in India. This challenge necessitates the creation of an anti-corruption authority and protection for whistleblowers.
Modi’s technology-based solution in going after “black money” has a long historical precedent. Only through strong public-private partnerships in cities like Bengaluru will he succeed.
Regulation and innovation need to be in sync if India is to take advantage of the digital revolution, and policy research is a critical input towards harmonizing the two.
Class, not caste, may gradually become the dominant repertoire of competition between parties in Gujarat and elsewhere in India.