The Takshashila Institution is partnering with the Goa Arts + Literary Festival 2014 to present exclusive panel discussions on public policy on December 7 within the festival programme schedule. The event is open to all. For anyone with an interest in public policy including working professionals, practitioners, journalists, students and active citizens, this is an opportunity to meet and interact with people in the field.
The two panels will take place between 10am ??” 12noon on December 7 morning at the International Centre Goa.
Panel 1: How to become a policy wonk?
Sachin Kalbag, Editor, Mid-Day
Sarah Farooqui, Editor, Pragati??”The Indian National Interest Review
Raj Cherubal, Director of Projects, Chennai City Connect
Pavan Srinath, Head of Policy Research, Takshashila Institution
Contemporary India faces multiple challenges and no single approach can tackle them fully. Neither is any single academic or professional background sufficient. Public Policy finds its fundamentals in economic reasoning, politics and analysis, but a practitioner in the field of public policy uses skills that are derived from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. How does one become a policy wonk in contemporary India? And more significantly, how does one utilise a particular background towards solving public challenges in India? This panel of public policy practitioners from different professional backgrounds will explore how multiple disciplines ??” including the sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences ??” can each contribute to one becoming a policy wonk in India.
Panel 2 – Can our politics do good policy?
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Vice-President, Bharatiya Janata Party;? Director-General, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini & Director, Public Policy Research Centre
Nitin Pai, Director and Co-Founder, Takshashila Institution
Narayan Ramachandran, Chairman, InKlude Labs and Fellow at the Takshashila Institution
Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director, Gateway House
MR Madhavan, CEO, PRS Legislative Research
India is undergoing a political transformation with a new generation of Indians becoming active in public affairs. The nation has seen multiple political movements competing for people’s votes and imaginations. A downward slide into apathy for politics among many sections of Indian society seems to have given way a greater interest in what is happening in the country. The year 2014 also saw a national election that focused on issues rather than identities alone, with growth and development of India being front and centre. This panel will explore whether the politics of India’s vibrant democracy can foster good public policies that can develop India and improve the prosperity of its citizens.