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Ideas for India turns 2! Thank you readers, for your continued support and interest, and to everyone who joined us at the 2nd Anniversary Event. The video of the discussion between Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) & Mukul Kesavan (Jamia Milia) on "Emerging Challenges: Economic and Social" will be up on the website soon. 
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The challenge of fulfilling aspirations
Posted on: 15 Jul 2014
The recent parliamentary election may turn out to be a watershed moment in Indian his ... read on »
I4I turns 1!
Posted on: 06 Aug 2013
It has been a year since the voice of ‘Ideas for India’ was first heard. Our mission was t ... read on »
For the New Year
Posted on: 21 Dec 2012
Five months ago we launched this portal to start new conversations on issues of vital impo ... read on »

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Investment in Pakistan: Prospects and challenges for India
Samridhi Bimal
Posted on: 21 Jul 2014
Topics:   Economic Growth
Tags:   Pakistan , FDI

With the growing importance of India as a leading source of FDI in South Asia, and Pakistan’s liberal investment policies, there is great potential for Pakistan to attract FDI from India. This column examines prospects and challenges for Indian investment in Pakistan, and recommends policies that can create a mutually beneficial business environment for the two nations.
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Tell us what you really think: Measuring gender attitudes in Haryana
Diva Dhar , Tarun Jain , Seema Jayachandran
Posted on: 18 Jul 2014
Topics:   Gender
Tags:   Haryana

Changing basic gender attitudes may be crucial for alleviating discrimination against women and improving gender outcomes. This column describes a unique measurement tool developed by social psychologists, which was adapted to measure gender attitudes of school children in the state of Haryana. It finds that both boys and girls in grades six and seven display strong same-gender preferences, with boys disproportionately associating females with negative attributes and vice versa.
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Modi’s first Budget for India: Disappointing but retrievable
Arvind Subramanian
Posted on: 15 Jul 2014

In this article, Arvind Subramanian contends that while Modi’s first Budget was good on vision, it fell short in terms of fiscal adjustment, budgetary transparency and credibility, and specificity and timelines on important policy actions. In his view, these shortcomings are remediable over time as the government forges the required political deals and improves administrative capacity to implement difficult policy actions.
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The challenge of fulfilling aspirations
Ashok Kotwal
Posted on: 15 Jul 2014

This year’s election is a watershed in Indian history. This editorial discusses possible reasons for the stunning defeat of the previous government. While there is no denying that the previous government could be faulted for many things including creating a leadership vacuum and letting corruption go unchecked, the knockout blow came from its inability to reform the institutions that are responsible for fulfilling legitimate aspirations of the masses. What should the central government do?

Ashok Kotwal will be moderating a Panel Discussion on “Emerging Challenges: Economic and Social” between Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) and Mukul Kesavan (Jamia Milia) on 16th July, 6-8 pm, Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi.

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Improving children’s learning: Challenges and priorities for the new government
Rukmini Banerji
Posted on: 14 Jul 2014
Topics:   Education
Tags:   schooling

Over the last 15 years, continued effort to universalise access to elementary education in India has resulted in high enrolment rates in schools. Now that most children are in school, policy and planning efforts are beginning to focus on improving their learning levels. This note contends that it is imperative for the new government to maintain, monitor and strengthen this priority and improve mechanisms for achieving learning goals.
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Two views on the Budget
Eswar Prasad , Bharat Ramaswami
Posted on: 12 Jul 2014

The Modi government’s first Budget has received a mixed response. Eswar Prasad and Bharat Ramaswami present two distinct views on the Budget. While Prasad is of the opinion that the Budget hits the right notes and emphasises some key policy priorities, Ramaswami believes that a coherent policy and worldview is yet to emerge.
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Keys to successful reform in India
Eswar Prasad
Posted on: 09 Jul 2014

The new Indian government’s first budget - due to be unveiled this week – will be an important indicator of how forcefully the new PM intends to translate his mandate of putting India’s economy back on track into effective actions. This article contends that both strategy and specifics will be crucial for this budget to effectively kick-start economic reforms.
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Andhra Pradesh’s youth training and employment scheme: Did it work?
Rajendra Kondepati
Posted on: 07 Jul 2014
Topics:   Jobs

To promote youth employment, the state government of Andhra Pradesh launched an innovative public-private partnership programme for skill development, training and job placement for the youth. This note traces the beneficiaries of the programme and finds high drop-out rates among candidates placed in jobs under the programme. It suggests changes in the programme design to make candidates stay in their jobs for longer.
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Financial inclusion of women: Myth or reality?
Deepti KC , Mudita Tiwari
Posted on: 04 Jul 2014
Topics:   Finance , Gender

Research indicates that initiatives targeted at financial inclusion of women have had limited success. This column contends that limited formal ownership of material assets by women and a lack of understanding of their socio-economic and cultural constraints are key explanations. It recommends innovative measures to promote financial inclusion and entrepreneurship among women.
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Putting undernutrition higher on the political agenda in India
Lawrence Haddad
Posted on: 02 Jul 2014
Topics:   Health

In his previous article, Lawrence Haddad contented that globally, we are in the midst of a ‘perfect storm’ for ending undernutrition, and maximum effort is required to take advantage of this transformative opportunity. In this part, he discusses how the new government generates a new opportunity to put undernutrition prevention higher on the political agenda in India.
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