Beyond ‘Growth-ism’ : unearthing a narrative beyond the bottom line

There is a world beyond the Shenton Way, Bandra-Kurla Complexes and DLF Cyber City’s of the world. There is a peri-urban India and a rural India that might be influenced by its urban cousins due to the dominant, hegemonic discourse crafted by the elite but their world is still rooted in tradition and Asian values.  … More Beyond ‘Growth-ism’ : unearthing a narrative beyond the bottom line

Infrastructure, Welfare & the Rhetoric of Development

A few days back, Mr. L K Advani praised Shivraj Chouhan for his exemplarily efforts in transforming his ‘BIMARU’ state into a development hotbed. The locus of comparison was centered upon the notion that Narendra Bhai’s Gujarat was already progressive as Gujaratis have been culturally entrepreneurial by character. There is a grain of truth certainly … More Infrastructure, Welfare & the Rhetoric of Development

Welfare 2.0 : Direct Cash Transfer as a Killer App?

When Nandan Nilekani’s Biometric Identification card initiative : Aadhar commenced in 2009, it seemed to be an ambitious public information infrastructure project, without any political pay off for the ruling establishment. Well, it was Nandan Nilekani- India’s celebrated IT CEO turned cabinet minister level technocrat, having repeated run in’s with the Home and Finance Ministry’s … More Welfare 2.0 : Direct Cash Transfer as a Killer App?