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Privatising Film Certification: Towards a Modern Film Rating Regime

Privatising Film Certification: Towards a Modern Film Rating Regime Madhav Chandavarkar, Adhip Amin, Shikha Pathak, Siddarth Gore, Devika Kher and Guru Aiyar, The Takshashila Institution Download the policy advisory in PDF format (508KB) Executive Summary The Central Board of Film Certification...

Need for smarter investment in cities

By Devika Kher and Adhip Amin The Karnataka Budget has increased its investment on the development of Bangalore significantly this year. An amount of Rs. 2878 Cr was provided by the state government to BBMP in the FY 2015-2016. That...

The Nuclear doctrines of Truman, Eisenhower, and Kissinger

A simple framework to understand the nuclear strategy positions of Truman, Eisenhower, and Kissinger in the early cold war. Immediately after the Second World War there was common perception that the war in Europe was not over, with the division...

Expanding the grey area

To move forward on insurgency and secessionist movements, the line between military operations and politics must be defined. In his book Kashmir: The Vajpayee years, A.S Dulat, the former R&AW chief, evocatively writes that “The problem with Delhi is that...

Spatial equilibrium and the economics of agglomeration

The logic of spatial equilibrium drives the process of agglomeration Agglomeration economies are the benefits that accrue from the elimination of distances, or to put it more objectively, from the elimination of transportation cost, whether in the movement of goods,...

Why has New York thrived and not Detroit?

Innovating, idea generating firms, drive urban growth. Glaeser et al in their paper Did the Death of Distance Hurt Detroit and Help New York? advance the hypothesis that due to massive improvements in transportation and communication technology, which has, over a...

Explaining urbanisation and localisation economies

Industrial diversity within cities leads to urban growth. One of the biggest advantages of cities is that they help in generating agglomeration economies, that is, production is easier because more activity is going on nearby. This phenomenon is usually explained...

Markets as institutions for the expansion of freedom

The market reform era has led to significant changes in the economic and social life of dalits. My last post was concluded by the argument that the notion of the market as a means to enhance freedom; as a mechanism...

Non-reciprocity and Democracy

A brief note on The Burden of Democracy by Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s long essay The Burden of Democracy is not just about Indian democracy but is also significantly, a deep meditation about democracy itself. The essay, by...

Pakistani national movement: sufficiently imagined

A brief note on Creating a New Medina by Venkat Dhulipal. The view that “Like other countries that brought together disparate ethnicities as the colonial era came to a close, Pakistan became a state before it was a nation” is...
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