Varun Ramachandra

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Bangalore Civic Leadership Incubation Programme

The third batch of B.CLIP: B.PAC Civic Leadership Incubator Programme, an education programme jointly designed by the Takshashila Institution and the Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) started its training programme in November 2015. B.CLIP aims to create a pool of good civic leaders who...

Thoughts on defence land

The Land Division of the Directorate General Defence Estates states that “The Defence forces require large areas of land for training, ranges, depots, airfields, quartering, camping, offices etc for military activities. Ministry of Defence, therefore, owns large tracts of land...

Primer on deficits

  Today’s budgetary deficits are tomorrow’s taxes. Therefore, it is important to understand what deficit means, and how India has performed on this metric over the past few years. This post provides a primer on this topic. Budgetary deficit occurs...

Mukul Asher’s talk on a framework for generating fiscal space

Prof. Mukul Asher — Councillor at Takshashila Institution and Professorial Fellow LKYSSP, National University of Singapore — reviewed the theoretical concept of fiscal space, and presented an integrated framework for generating fiscal space in the Indian context at Centre for Policy...

Anupam Manur’s talk on the global economy at Christ University

Anupam Manur, policy analyst at Takshashila Institution, was invited to give a talk to Masters students at Christ University, Bengaluru on 16 September, 2015. The talk was about the cause of Chinese economic slowdown and its impact on the global...

DRDO exists to protect the nation and not the other way around

It is not in India’s national interest to continue to run public sector organisations like DRDO if they are inefficient and not meeting their objectives – Varun Ramachandra and Nitin Pai Recently, the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research —...

Case Study — Metronet PPP in the UK: Implications for India

A Case Study of Metronet PPP in the UK: Implications for India Shahana Sheikh, Mukul G. Asher and V. Ramakrishnan Read the full case study here[504 KB] Abstract This paper analyses the challenges faced by the policy makers in the...

The reform train

The previous post explained the idea of Overton window. This post aims to understand the concept through the example of a push-pull locomotive. A Push-Pull train is one where locomotives at both ends of a train are used at the same...

Pranay Kotasthane in a CNBC Awaaz Panel Discussion

Pranay Kotasthane, Research Fellow at The Takshashila Institution, was part of a panel on CNBC Awaaz discussing the cancellation of India-Pakistan NSA talks. The discussion was a hosted by CNBC’s Tamanna Inamdar and other panelists included Sambit Patra of Bharatiya Janata Party,...

ದೇಶಕ್ಕಾದ ನಷ್ಟ ಗೊತ್ತೇ

Kannada translation of the blog post “Cost of a non-functioning parliament” appeared in Prajavani on 21st August 2015.
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