Publications

Don’t Hold Your Breath for the G-20

The G-20 Summit this weekend will see world leaders descend upon Hangzhou. How much will be accomplished considering the G By Hamsini Hariharan (@HamsiniH) Over the last few months, Chinese...

The Lampost Framework: Why India Struggles With the Implementation of (some) Reforms

The ecosystem for implementation of reforms in India is structurally setup to solve acute, visible problems, but not chronic issues that require long-term monitoring. By Akshay Alladi (@akshayalladi) In much...

India’s Stance on Export Control Regimes

An analysis of India’s positioning towards various Multilateral Export Control Regimes displays a trend of norm creation- norm adherence and agenda setting. By Hamsini Hariharan (@HamsiniH) India has low reserves of uranium...

When Internationalism Fails

By Ramanjit (@patialablue) While International bodies enable cooperation, sharing of resources and compatibility of laws, there exist inherent perils of bureaucracy without democracy. In the absence of transparent communication and...

ICT and the perception of a city

The advent of Information and Communication Technology has changed the perception of cities along with urban designing. In the las two decades Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has modified all the...

Rebel No longer

India’s stance on nuclear norms is changing in order to keep up with the trends of the time. By Hamsini Hariharan (@HamsiniH) Until 2010, India was the norm breaker of...

What’s new in Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech? ‘Middle class’

Used 7 times in Monday’s speech, the phrase middle class was completely absent from Narendra Modi’s earlier Independence Day speeches

The trouble with ‘inflation expectations’

The inflation forecast plays a key role in determining RBI’s monetary policy, but it is derived from a flawed survey

What to expect from Wimbledon this year

What style of play will dominate this year? A crowdsourced database of professional matches offers some pointers

How rural and urban inflation compare in India

Since 2012, year-on-year rural inflation has been on an average about 60 basis points higher than year-on-year urban inflation

Chronicles of crisis

Star economist Thomas Piketty’s collection of columns does not have quite the impact of his bestselling Capital, but does pick up speed in the latter half when he leaves the...

Small worlds and public opinion

Why a 74% approval rating for the Prime Minister is consistent with largely negative commentary on social media

PM Modi’s approval rating remains high 2 years into term: poll

Two years into his term as prime minister, Narendra Modi’s approval rating remains high at 74%, a poll by instaVaani has found

Seven Steps India Must Take to Help Afghanistan in Its War for Survival

As Modi heads to Herat, the worsening situation on the ground for the Afghan security forces provides an opportunity for India to retool its policy towards that country.

Narendra Modi’s approval rating remains high: Poll

Two years into his term as prime minister, Narendra Modi’s approval rating remains high at 74%, a poll by instaVaani has found

The true value of Indian unicorns

Investments in start-ups come attached with downside protection clauses, which are like a put option written by existing investors in favour of new investors

Was the India-Bangladesh World T20 match really interesting?

The short answer to the question is yes, and we built a math model to prove it

How govt statisticians think India lives

At a fundamental level, the concept of a common inflation rate is flawed—for different households have different consumption patterns

Scrapping Rs500, Rs1000 notes a costly idea

An analysis of how much it costs RBI to print a new, high-value currency note, and impact on the exchequer if it is pulled out of circulation

Myth of revenue neutral rate

While the intention to keep tax structures revenue neutral is laudable, whether a precise revenue neutral rate exists is questionable

Myth of revenue neutral rate

While the intention to keep tax structures revenue neutral is laudable, whether a precise revenue neutral rate exists is questionable

Net neutrality and click-based campaigns

A survey shows it is clear that many supporters of both the Net neutrality and Free Basics campaigns were not really aware of the issues they were supporting

Why Delhi’s bus service is more expensive than that of Chennai

Not only does Delhi have a higher cost of operations compared with other cities, its utilization is also poorer

Whataboutery and information content

Paris attacks have got more coverage than those in Beirut due to the higher information content of the former

Bihar results: why did the exit polls get it wrong?

Poor estimates of Grand Alliance’s effectiveness and NDA’s inconsistent performance among the major factors

Lessons from Turkish polls on minority representation

In order to gain entry into parliament, HDP has had to broaden its agenda to gain enough non-Kurd acceptance

The importance of data dissemination

Thanks to the efforts of customs dept and an open data enthusiast, we can look at trade at a more granular level

Priors, correlation, information content and protests

A statistical look at how the govt should react to writers returning awards in protest against intolerance

It’s time discoms got their financial act together

That the finances of discoms are in a poor shape shows that a lot is yet to be done on the pricing front
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