April 13, 2021
Bureaucratic Indecision and Risk Aversion in India
The Indian bureaucracy suffers from indecision and risk aversion, resulting in an inordinate focus on routine tasks, coordination failures, process overload, poor perception, motivational issues and a deterioration in the quality of service delivery....
September 17, 2018
Loot & scoot artists and whataboutery
An old adage preaches rather piously that you cannot escape responsibility for tomorrow by evading it today.
April 30, 2018
Statutory warning: Systemic sloth kills
On Thursday, a school bus carrying schoolchildren was run over by a train at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh—13 children lost their lives and eight were grievously hurt.
January 11, 2018
Failure of the Aadhaar Act holds who accountable?
Apart from a financial audit, the Aadhaar Act fails to prescribe any ex-ante or ex-post accountability mechanisms
November 22, 2016
Cash Crisis: Who to Blame Can Wait, What Must Be Done Cannot!
Offering real time solutions for mitigating the problem needs an examination of the anatomy of the cash crisis to recognise the magnitude of the supply-demand gap
October 21, 2016
How About An Outcome Budget Before Budget 2017?
Suffice to say that the government spends more money than it earns and faster than can be counted. The moot question being asked by tax payers – those paying income tax as also those paying excise on match boxes and service tax on the mobile rechar...
August 29, 2016
The Quality of Quantity and the Broken State of Education
The article looks at the reasons for India's abysmal education system and provides remedies
March 14, 2016
The cost of paper compliance
Manish Sabharwal and Shihabudin Abdulkhader in Business Standard: "India's labour laws force employers to use five billion sheets of paper or 600,000 trees a year. It's time we dispensed with the paper trail and shifted all labour law paper, workflo...