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    The Modi government has displayed a legislative and political timidity that stands in stark contrast to its energetic campaign

The Modi government has displayed a legislative and political timidity that stands in stark contrast to its energetic campaign

The Indian government’s failure to amend the Land Acquisition Act raises some critical questions about the so-called reform agenda. Maitreesh Ghatak and Parikshit Ghosh write that while Modi’s campaign brilliantly tapped into the aspirations of the electorate, it was rather vague on the road map to ‘acche din’. This was an advantage in the elections, but is proving to be a drag […]

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    New challenges and opportunities for governance in India: A session with Ajit Seth

New challenges and opportunities for governance in India: A session with Ajit Seth

On 13 July 2015, former Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth spoke on the topic of ‘Governance in India- new challenges and opportunities’. The event was chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia at the IISS.  Ankita Mukhopadhyay and Arushi Kumar report on the event.

Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, Make in India and the Digital India campaign. The common thread running through […]

Land acquisition debate: The price is not right

The central government’s move to amend the 2013 Land Acquisition Act has come under criticism for being ‘anti-farmer’. In this article, Maitreesh Ghatak and Parikshit Ghosh argue that while the amendments would streamline the land acquisition process, the law will still be fatally flawed unless a more rational method of determining compensation for land owners is put in place.

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    The Land Acquisition Bill debate: More political than practical

The Land Acquisition Bill debate: More political than practical

There has been widespread resistance for the proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act but Sammith Shivananda argues that the changes signal a paradigm shift in Indian policy making to facilitate investment and cut red tape, while at the same time retaining safeguards for farmers.

In the Indian general elections of May 2014, the National Democratic Alliance led by the […]

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    Top 10 economic and development challenges for India in 2015

Top 10 economic and development challenges for India in 2015

Ruth Kattumuri reviews key challenges that are of priority for India’s development in 2015, from sustainable growth to social protection to urbanisation. Look out for Raj Verma’s top 10 foreign policy challenges posts later this week.

1. Sustainable growth and development: India requires growth rates of at least 7% to cater to the needs of its large, young and aspiring population. The country’s growth […]

New research programme: Inequality and poverty in India

New research unit at LSE’s Department of Anthropology will investigate how and why poverty persists for marginalised communities in India. 

The Department of Anthropology has launched a new Research Unit on Inequality and Poverty led by Dr Alpa Shah. The Research Unit is dedicated to understanding the social relations through which some people are perpetually exploited and oppressed and to […]

March 14th, 2014|Development, Economy|1 Comment|

How to reduce poverty in Bihar

Chinmaya Kumar argues that Bihar’s economic growth can spur further poverty reduction if the state government removes binding constraints for agricultural growth. Bihar’s turnaround under the leadership of Nitish Kumar – from a badly governed, economically backward state, to the fastest growing state in India – has received widespread attention. This turnaround story assumes greater significance because Bihar’s economic decline […]

January 20th, 2014|Development, Economy|2 Comments|

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