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The Broken Chain of Accountability

DISCLAIMER: The information and views set out in this article are those of the author(s); and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Centre for Policy Studies or the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. By Priyank Jain   The Parliament of India has become dysfunctional. It is an oft repeated statement by the  Government and...
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Women in Smart Cities

DISCLAIMER: This article was first published in Dhaara, an online magazine. It has been republished here with permission. By Uttara Purandare Any settlement is an inscription in space of the social relations in the society that built it… Our cities are patriarchy written in stone, brick, glass and concrete (Jane Darke, 1996) The concept of...
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Vigilance is the pre-requisite (Award Winning Essay)

DISCLAIMER: This essay was awarded 2nd prize for an essay writing competition held by IIT Bombay during Vigilance Awareness Week in November 2020. The information and views set out in this article are those of the author(s); and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Centre for Policy Studies or the Indian Institute of...
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Wildlife and Conservation in the times of Covid-19

This is the editorial from the Vol. XXVI, No. 3, June 2020 (No. 145) Issue of the Protected Areas Update, a newsletter produced by Kalpavriksh and Centre for Policy Studies.
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The Pragmatics Of Online Teaching

I have been tempted to write this blog because of several messages that I have received in response to an op-ed piece that I published on NDTV...
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Surviving A ‘Shadow’ Pandemic: Domestic Abuse In The Time Of Covid-19

How many of us can even imagine living 24x7 under the same roof as one’s abuser, with the constant fear of what he (in rare cases she) might do next to hurt you? 
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Covid-19 in the Southern States: A Cautious Sigh of Relief

21 April was an important day for Kerala. Until then, Kerala was going neck to neck with Maharashtra, with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in India.
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Empire Nation Part 3: From Barriers To Compartmentalisation

Local networks of cities could be catalysed in the conditions prevailing under the Covid-19 crisis. Might there be a way to make a virtue of the crisis-driven necessity of breaking up economic space?
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Empire Nation Part 2: Backward Cities Need Each Other

An account of the ideas of Jane Jacobs, who re-redefined economic development as the process whereby local networks of cities undertake import-replacing work
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Empire Nation Part 1: How India’s Internal Division of Labour is Colonial and What We Can Do About It

This essay outlines the difference between political and economic colonialism and suggests that India’s internal economic pattern might be described as colonial.
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