Vaccine Infrastructure is as Important as the Vaccine

With the world over eagerly awaiting a breakthrough in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, Astitav points to how the emphasis accorded to this is misplaced, especially for a country like India. Getting a vaccine is only the first step, and the steps following it require critical attention of policy makers.

Panchami Land: Where Social Justice Stays Buried

Tamil Nadu was first witness to land reforms in favour of dalits towards the end of 19th century when the British government came out with orders for Panchami Land. Thereafter, land reforms have been carried out in favour of Dalits in independent India as well. Despite these measures, why has this marginalised community continued to remain overwhelmingly landless? A product of over a month spent on field in Tamil Nadu, this piece by Mathur systematically untangles the foregoing question by comprehensively problemitising the situation of Panchami land.


The NEP 2019 through the Scope of Neoliberalism The National Education Policy 2019 (NEP 2019 from now on) is a classic example of a policy document intersecting the dominant discourse on development, childhood and education to promote the neo-liberal project of commodification and commercialization of education. Starting from Macaulay’s minute in 1835, Indian education policy…

Foreign Universities in India – A Critical Perspective

A university is envisioned as a space to shape the minds of the youth and equip them to become active citizens of society and leaders of tomorrow. India has nearly 864 universities which are the third-highest in the world. However, the Indian University system faces several shortcomings. The NITI Aayog in its ‘Strategy for New…

Accessing Accountability: A Community Effort in Sundaram Nagar to push for Quality Public Education

Pranjal Dhaka worked with Public Systems Groups at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, in pursuance of the client led project component of the Master of Public Policy programme. His account on community efforts undertaken to ensure quality public education in Sundaram Nagar, during the course of the project, is quite illuminating. Date: 18th February 2018 Time:…