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फायदा अठन्नी का और खर्चा एक रुपये का

कहानी विनिमय लागत (transaction cost) की  — प्रखर मिश्रा (@prakharmisra) और प्रणय कोटस्थाने (@pranaykotas) इस श्रृंखला के पिछले अध्याय में हमने अवसर लागत की संकल्पना को समझा । इस पोस्ट में हम एक और ऐसी लागत से परिचय करेंगे, जिससे हमारा पाला तो हर रोज़ पड़ता है पर हम उससे जुड़े कारण और अन्य पहलुओं को […]

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Words in budget speech

Budget speech usually proposes multiple ideas and it is essential for analysts to followup on the actuals – Varun(@_quale) As the current NDA government is about to finish first year in office, social media and traditional media is awash with analysis and comparisons with the previous government. The budget speech is usually a good barometer that indicates […]

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What does it mean to be employable?

Why autonomous universities are essential to harness India’s demographic dividend By Shobitha Cherian   India is currently in an extremely advantageous position, demographically speaking. Half of its burgeoning population of 1.27 billion people is comprised of individuals under the age of 25 and a quarter of the increase in the global working population between 2010 […]

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The devil is not in the detail

From an Indian standpoint, what matters is the big picture that emerges from the Seymour Hersh report controversy by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) A report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has stirred up the proverbial hornet’s nest. Considering the speculative nature of the report, and the uncomfortable situation that it puts all the protagonists in, the […]

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The Filter Coffee | Urdunama: RAWalpindi

So what else is new?  Pakistan claims India’s intelligence agency R&AW is involved in terrorism in Pakistan.  Pakistan’s news media outlets — described often as “vibrant” and “independent” — have very dutifully carried stories of R&AW’s alleged involvement, without asking for evidence to be shared.   Security agencies involved in operations against the Muttahida Quami [...]

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Unionisation of the IT industry

Unionisation of the IT workforce can potentially cause the Indian IT sector to fall behind other emerging markets – Varun Ramachandra and Gopal Devanahalli In December 2014, Tata Consulting Services, India’s largest Information Technology (IT) services company, laid off 3,000 employees citing poor performance. This has triggered debates about unionisation in India’s IT & BPM […]

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Of third order enclaves and second class citizens

A Constitutional Amendment settling the land border issues between India and Bangladesh will allow the two nation-states to focus on more substantive issues. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) On 6th May 2015, the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill, thus rolling out a process that will culminate in giving effect to the Land Border Agreement Protocol signed […]

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Catalyst | The eight-fold path to good public engagement

I was asked to speak at a panel titled “Engaging Policymakers, Journalists and the Public” last week at a conference of think tanks in New Delhi. I primarily spoke about how Takshashila engages the public, especially via blogs, op-eds and social media. Here are those thoughts distilled into an ‘Eight-fold-path’ on good public engagement for think tanks. […]

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Catalyst | Arranging a market for lemons

My fellow blogger Karthik Shashidhar (and his wife Priyanka Bharadwaj) started an interesting conversation on his personal blog on the grand old market in India: arranged marriage. They assert that the arranged marriage market has become increasingly illiquid, and hence unattractive. Both Priyanka and Karthik raise an important point that can look obvious in hindsight – that as people exit […]

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Terra Nullius | A State that counts

Pakistan needs tangible numbers that prove the existence of its citizens. The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has recently approved a timeline to hold the population and housing census in Pakistan, in March 2016. The preliminary data will be completed by June 2016, while the district wise data reports, will be completed by December 2017. If held as [...]

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Terra Nullius | The Amendment to the JJ Act

There is still a long way to go for holistic reforms within the Juvenile Justice setup. The Cabinet recently cleared the Amendment to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of children) Act 2000. This Act is the primary act for all cases of Children in Need of Care and Protection and Children in Conflict with the Law. [...]

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Hyper multi-objective optimisation: the bane of policymaking

Policies fail when they try to optimise for several objectives, ultimately creating a system that fulfils none of them. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Multi-objective optimisation is that step in any design process which tries to make a system suitable for several objectives at the same time. This concept is applied in several branches of science like engineering, economics […]

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Entrepreneurship and public policy

The Indian media is awash with news about technology startups and the rise of entrepreneurial activity. However, the hallmark of successful startup ecosystem is the number of other successful startups that spawn out of the existing ones. Individuals who work in firms that successfully exploit new market opportunities are usually innovators or have the potential […]