Author: Apoorv Tiwari

At the Mercy of Rain Gods

Date of Release: June 5th, 2015 Published in: The Pioneer The sub-normal monsoon forecast shows how much needs to be done to mitigate the effects of bad rains. This earth is higher than all the heavens”, said Swami Vivekananda. In a different context, this quote can be an inspiration for planners and policymakers in Indian […]

Focusing on Sustainable Irrigation: Looking Beyond Land and the Heavens

Three important issues in the recent past have brought agriculture at the centre of public policy debates in India. The first is the Land Acquisition Bill, where both the government and the Opposition claim to be furthering the interests of farmers. The second were the unseasonal rains earlier in the year, which caused significant damage […]

Federalism and Finances – Looking Beyond Centre and State to the Third Tier

The recommendations of the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) have been hailed almost unanimously for ushering in a new era for Centre-state relations in India. The most significant of these recommendations – accepted by the government – is the one that devolves 42% of the divisible share in the centrally levied tax pool to the states, […]

Creating a City for Women: A Challenge for the Delhi Govt.

The Aam Aadmi Party under Kejriwal is now set to rule the capital for 5 years. While the mandate in its favour is overwhelming, it would perhaps face its stiffest test as a party in power. In the recent past, no issue has been as politically important for Delhi as that of women’s security. The […]

Desperately in Need of the “S” in Sustainability

The BJP has been handed a comprehensive defeat in the Delhi elections. For some, that might mean a defeat of the BJP’s Vision Document 2050, which ends with Kiran Bedi’s “6-S” formula as the model for an ideal Delhi. Yet, the importance of these 6Ss – “Surakshit, Swachh, Saakshar, Saksham, Sanskaari, Sab ki” can hardly […]

Delhi Elections: A Disconnect Between Economic and Social Indicators

As Delhi goes to the polls for the 2nd time in a little over a year, a great deal of attention is quite naturally focused on statements and promises made by the main political parties in the fray. However, the period before elections is also a good time to look at where the state stands […]

Less than 24 Percent of Schools have Computers

As the Modi Administration talks about the Digital India Campaign, one of it’s most promising decisions could be to focus on improving digital infrastructure in schools. The Modi government’s ambitious “Digital India” initiative aims to usher in a holistic, all-encompassing digital transformation in India. It aims to enhance effectiveness, efficiency and transparency in sectors like […]

A Look Back at Make in India

‘Make in India’ – a vision described by the Honorable Prime Minister Modi as he addressed the nation on August 15th,entails increased manufacturing, reduced imports and subsequently increased exports. As part of his vision, the PM also issued an invitation to global firms to set up manufacturing operations in India and for Indian youths to embrace […]

The Uniqueness of the 2014 Electoral Arithmetic and What it Means for the New Government

The results of the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha are a cause for jubilation for some parties (one party in particular), downright dejection for some others, and perhaps a surprise for most. A lot has already been written and said about how this election was different from any other in recent memory, an ‘election […]