India Desperately Needs A Bold Budget

I have no insight into the thinking behind the Budget that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present tomorrow, however, if the demonetization exercise is anything to go by, the Narendra Modi government is not the one to shy away from taking bold dec

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Mamata's Disappointing Legacy

Most Politicians enter politics to make a difference to the people around them, to make a name for themselves. At the beginning, a certain level of idealism and passion drives their choices. However, along the way, many of these politicians make thos

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Smart Cities: A Long Road Ahead For India

Just in terms of scale, there is no greater a managerial challenge in the world than the impending urbanization crisis that is about to hit India. A mammoth 600 million Indians are expected to live in cities by 2030, accounting for nearly 60 percent

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Raghuram Rajan Goes-No Country For Good Men

Raghuram Rajan will not be either getting another term or will not be accepting another term as RBI Governor. India will have to get a new RBI Governor from September 4 when Rajan will return to Chicago University to resume as a tenured professor in

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Why We Need To Actively Involve Indian Citizens In Urban Planning

Over the years, governance structures in most Indian cities have followed a simple and traditional top-down approach with little or no room for citizen engagement. People rely on the good intentions of the mayor or the municipal corporation, who they

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Financing Indian cities

Indian cities are fund-starved and unprepared to handle the stresses of rapid urbanisation in the country. Urban local bodies and municipal corporations, particularly in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, do not have the necessary autonomy or capacity to rais

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