By the People, For the People

Participatory Budgeting – Local self-government’s road to autonomy The 73rd and 74th amendment act of the constitution, passed in 1993, ushered a new era of governance reforms in India. The amendments constitutionally mandated the third tier of governance in the country thereby deepening the roots of democracy and bringing people closer to decision making. The…

When Judges took to the Press: Looming Public Policy Questions

SHREEJA SEN In the history of the Indian judiciary, there have been several landmark moments. Some have been marked by sheer judicial brilliance, while others have blotted its history, often coming back to haunt the institution. The events of 12 January 2018 are likely to go down as  one such landmark moment, although time will…

The Paradox of Rationality: Administrative theories and the rise of the ‘Popular Demagogue’

SATTVIKA ASHOK Foreign policy begins at home, and yet no nation can independently manage the challenges it brings in its wake. Climate change, political instability, financial volatility, terrorist activity, food security and religious conflicts are challenges that do not limit themselves to national borders. These challenges call for international cooperation. However, since 2016, a game…

Ecological Services, Ecological Economics: Looking at the Sustainable Development Agenda

DEVIKA SINGH All of the seventeen SDGs have a common underlying factor – they are all dependent on natural resources. This importance finally given to the environment and natural resources comes a little late. The complete dependence of human existence on the environment and natural resources is reflected in the SDG Agenda, which places natural…

BOOK LAUNCH: Kandhamal Introspection of Initiative for Justice by Vrinda Grover and Saumya Uma

SMITA MUTT Kandhamal: Introspection of Initiative for Justice is an investigation into the justice process that followed an outbreak of communal violence in the Kandhamal district of Orissa in 2007-08. The initiative assesses the performance of these processes, including witness protection, rehabilitation and Fast Track courts nearly a decade later. The Bangalore launch was held…