The Political Economy Seminar is a monthly seminar series that provides a forum for academics, public policy researchers, and practitioners to discuss a new piece of original research and provide their inights on issues related to India's political economy. 

An effective judicial system is imperative for a political economy that ensures broad-based and inclusive economic development. It is the mechanism through which constitutional restraints and legal contracts are enforced. However, there are growing concerns that the judiciary has, on the one hand, overreached into the domains of the legislature or the executive and, on the other hand, become a tool in the hands of those with economic or political power. Thereby, the judiciary has also become a site of ideological battles that shape the nature of our economic development.
Join us for the inaugural edition of the Political Economy Seminar as Gopal Jain, Dhiraj Nayyar, Shamika Ravi, and Paranjoy Guha Thakurta discuss the role of the judiciary in India’s political economy. This panel discussion will be moderated by Suyash Rai. 


Gopal Jain

Gopal Jain is a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India and the Arbitration Council.

Dhiraj Nayyar

Dhiraj Nayyar is the chief economist at Vedanta and the author of Modi and Markets: Arguments for Transformation. Prior to this, he also served as the officer on special duty and head of the economics, finance and commerce vertical at the NITI Aayog. He has also been managing editor of the Quint and is a columnist for the Bloomberg View

Shamika Ravi

Shamika Ravi is the director of research at Brookings India and a senior fellow of Governance Studies Program at Brookings India and Brookings Institution Washington D.C. She leads the development economics research vertical at Brookings India, where the focus is on financial inclusion, health, gender inequality and urbanisation. Ravi is also a visiting professor of economics at the Indian School of Business and was a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta is a writer, speaker, anchor, interviewer, teacher, and commentator. His areas of interest are the working of the political economy and the media in India and the world. His work spans over 40 years and cuts across different media – print, radio, television and documentary cinema.


Suyash Rai

Suyash Rai is a fellow at Carnegie India. His research focuses on the political economy of economic reforms and the performance of public institutions in India.