Governance

Encounter Killing

13th July – Crime as punishment – Encounter killings

Crime as punishment – Encounter of Vikas Dubey The Uttar Pradesh Police’s account of the encounter killing of Kanpur gangster Vikas Dubey, even if taken at face value, is a startling admission of serious ineptitude. But the official narrative, as it stands, stretches the bounds of credulity to an astonishing extent. An act of retribution …

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Killer Acquisitions

10th July – Killer Acquisitions

Ensuring market dominance through killer acquisitions The corporate game is a serious affair. New entrants with novel ideas and products find it hard to sustain and are easily gobbled up by the bigger players. In the realm of antitrust law, such a corporate strategy or practices have come to be known as killer acquisitions. What …

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Torture

4th July – India’s torture culture

India’s torture culture The pervasiveness of police torture is best understood in the compelling case found in reports made by NGOs and observers over the years, including by the Asian Centre for Human Rights, Amnesty International and People’s Union for Democratic Rights. Police torture in India – The data on torture show that it is …

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Police reforms

3rd July – Police reforms

Police reform and the crucial judicial actor The senseless act of violence inside a police station in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu evokes extreme weariness. This fatal violence by state actors is a cruel reminder of just how little unshackling has happened in the domain of policing to free this essential public sphere from the demons of …

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Suicide

23rd June – Section 309 of the IPC

Section 309 of IPC A recent suicide case of a popular actor has moved the conversation around the sensitivity with which issues surrounding mental health should be handled. However, one of the most archaic laws that punishes attempts to commit suicide – Section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)— contrary to popular perception that …

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Urban Local Bodies

19th June – Urban Local Bodies

Time to strengthen Urban Local Body revenues Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India have never had enough resources to satisfactorily fulfil the functions devolved to them in the decentralisation process triggered by the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act. Own revenues constitute only a third of ULBs’ total receipts. What are the sources of revenue? After the …

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Privatisation

13th June – Privatisation of PSBs

Privatisation is not a panacea for PSBs If news reports are to be believed, the government is likely to designate banking as a strategic sector under the new privatisation policy. This will allow the government to own a maximum of four public sector banks (PSBs), and thus, some PSBs which have not been included in …

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Urban governance

11th June – Urban governance reforms

Urban governance systems must reform A comparative analysis of the emerging coronavirus cases across India clearly shows that rural areas have fared extremely well in comparison to urban areas in enforcing the various Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines related to the lockdowns and, consequently, in containing the overall spread of COVID-19. It can also be …

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Pharma

8th June – R&D in Pharma

A right time to shift pharma gears Commercial pharma research and development (R&D) efforts are encouraged and rewarded through the earnings that innovators derive from sales of their branded products. To be sure, before such huge markups can yield any profits, commercial pharmaceutical innovators must first cover their large R&D costs, including the cost of …

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Migration

29th May – Migration in India (Gandhian view)

The echo of migrant footfalls and the silence of policy In December 2019, an economist provided figures on migration, based on the 2011 national census, showing that the number of internal migrants had grown by another 100 million. Or that a third of India’s population — one in every three Indians — are migrants. Most …

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