Thursday, August 9, 2018

10 August 2018: Book discussion on Rule of Law in India: A Quest for Reason

A conversation between author Harish Narasappa, Samvad Partners and DAKSH
and
Ritin Rai, Independent Law Practice Professional

Abstract:
Author Harish Narasappa talks about his book 'Rule of law: A Quest for Reason'. It envisages, inter alia, participatory lawmaking, just and certain laws, a bouquet of human rights, certainty and equality in the application of law, accountability to law, an impartial and non-arbitrary government, and an accessible and fair dispute resolution mechanism. This work’s primary goal is to understand and explain the obvious dichotomy that exists between theory and practice in India’s rule of law structure.

The book discusses the contours of the rule of law in India, the values and aspirations in its evolution, and its meaning as understood by the various institutions, identifying reason as the primary element in the rule of law mechanism. It later examines the institutional, political, and social challenges to the concepts of equality and certainty, through which it evaluates the status of the rule of law in India.

Date: August 10, 2018
Time: 05:00 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

7 August 2018: Pulse Revolution for Addressing Protein Malnutrition

Trilochan Mohapatra
Department of Agricultural Research and Education & Director General, ICAR

Chair:
Rajendra Singh Paroda
Former DG, ICAR and Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Science (TAAS)

Date: August 7, 2018
Time: 07:00 P.M.

Venue:
Causrina Hall
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi-110003 (INDIA)
(Entry from Gate No. 3)

Note:
RSVP: Manish Anand, Tel: 011-24682100, e-mail: manand@teri.res.in

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Friday, August 3, 2018

9 August 2018: Talk on Crony populism

A conversation with Michael Walton, Harvard Kennedy School and Centre for Policy Research and
James Crabtree, Lee Kuan Yew School, National University of Singapore

Abstract:
Populism has emerged in various forms in many parts of the world in recent years. While it is typically associated with an anti-establishment and anti-elite narrative, it is striking how it often coincides with cronyism—favored relations between the state and (some) big business. This talk will seek to put some structure and perspective on these phenomena, interpreting the central features of both populism and cronyism, and their consequences for economic and social development—that is (perhaps surprisingly) ambiguous. For example, in India, Tamil Nadu has in the past been, by international standards, a real success in economic and social development, even as it has vividly exemplified both populist politics and cronyist state-business relations. The current conjuncture will also be explored.

The talk will draw on both an ongoing comparative study of state-business relations in India, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa and secondary literature on the history and contemporary features of cronyism and populism.

Date: August 9, 2018
Time: 03:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

31 July 2018: Indian Monetary Policy in the time of Inflation Targeting and Demonetisation

Rakesh Mohan
Brookings India and
Partha Ray
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Abstract:
The period from 2009 to 2013 was dominated by a joint monetary and fiscal stimuli by the Indian authorities prompted by the North Atlantic Financial Crisis (NAFC) in mid-2008. Did these, along with other structural shocks and a hands-off attitude in forex market intervention, play a role in rising inflation and external account instability?

Date: July 31, 2018
Time: 04:00 P.M.

Venue:
Brookings India
No. 6, Second Floor,
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Marg,
Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi-110021

Note:
Please RSVP: rlaik@brookingsindia.org and contact zkazmi@brookingsindia.org for media inquiries.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

27 July 2018: No Free Lunch: Using Technology to Improve the Efficacy of School Feeding Programmes

Sisir Debnath
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

Abstract:
Malnutrition among vulnerable children is often targeted using free school feeding programmes in developing countries. Prof. Debnath studies the role of technology in improving the delivery of school feeding programmes. Using the rollout of a mobile-based monitoring mechanism (Interactive Voice Response System or IVRS) that aids in cross-tallying the number of beneficiaries in the delivery chain, he finds that increase in resulting accountability reduces leakages in school lunch provision in Bihar. He contrasts the provision of meals in districts of Bihar and its contiguous neighbouring states from an independent survey with the official state records. Independently collected data reveals that the technology reform increases the likelihood of lunch provision in a school by 20 percentage points and finds that the increase in take-up is also accompanied by an improvement in the quality and quantity of meals.

Date: July 27, 2018
Time: 04:00 P.M.

Venue:
Brookings India
No. 6, Second Floor,
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Marg,
Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi-110021

Note:
Please RSVP: psharma@brookingsindia.org and contact nmehta@brookingsindia.org for media inquiries.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

16 July 2018: Book discussion on ​'Intertwined Lives: P N Haksar and Indira Gandhi'

A conversation between author Jairam Ramesh and Srinath Raghavan

Abstract:
This book is the first full-length biography of arguably India’s most influential and powerful civil servant who was Indira Gandhi’s alter ego during her period of glory. Educated in the sciences and trained in law, P N Haksar was a diplomat by experience and a communist-turned-democratic socialist by conviction. He knew Indira Gandhi from their London days in the late 1930s and in May 1967 she appointed him as the secretary in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. He then emerged as her ideological beacon and moral compass, playing a pivotal role in her signature achievements including the nationalisation of banks, abolition of privy purses and princely privileges, the creation of an independent Bangladesh, the signing of the Indo-Soviet Treaty and the emergence of India as an agricultural, space and nuclear power, to name a few. Haksar wielded awesome power for over five years but chose to walk away from Indira Gandhi in January 1973. She persuaded him to return to the government two years later.

After 1977, he was associated with a number of academic institutions and became the patron saint of various public causes and concerns that included protection of India’s secular traditions, propagation of a scientific temper, strengthening the public sector and deepening self-reliance in economic and technological matters. In 1987 he was instrumental in triggering the reconstruction of India’s relations with China. He continued to be one of India’s leading public intellectuals till his death in November 1998.

Drawing on Haksar’s extensive archives of official papers, memos, notes and letters and using his unique personal knowledge of people and politics, Jairam Ramesh presents a compelling chronicle of the life and times of a remarkable Indian who decisively shaped India’s political and economic history in the1960s and 1970s. Written in his inimitable style this is a work of formidable scholarship that bring to life a man who is fast becoming the victim of collective amnesia.

Date: July 16, 2018
Time: 12:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

Note:
Registration is mandatory to attend the event and will close at 50 on a first come first serve basis. Please register at president.cpr@cprindia.org. to reserve a seat for you.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

10 July 2018: Talk on Compulsory Development: The Ideal Model of Land Acquisition in India and China

Huang Yinghong
Sun Yat-sen University, China

Abstract:
Land acquisition in India and China since the late 1980s has been theorised into an ideal model, the compulsory development, which highlights the extremely active role of the state and its compulsory measures towards land acquisition in both countries for achieving the commitment of development. As a developmental state, either state in both cases acts as the land use planner, regulation maker in the land administration, as well as the major land developer and the monopolistic player in the land market, while at the same time it extracts high proportion of revenue from land development projects, which is realised through a compulsory land acquisition despite of the numerous flaws of the land acquisition institutions. The compulsory development as we term is a key feature in political economy of land acquisition in both countries. It provides an ideal model to penetrate through the dense fog of hybrid phenomena of land acquisition in these two largest developing societies, and to develop a systematic analysis towards land acquisition, or even development in both countries. As the beginning of this research, in this talk, we focus only on the theoretical model of this compulsory development, including its definition, characteristics, and the diverse variations.

Date: July 10, 2018
Time: 12:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

Note:
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