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  • "Grow now, pay later does not work": Jairam Ramesh

    "India is most vulnerable to the vagaries of climate change. Because of pressing domestic realities, India needs to change its traditional mindset and provide bold new leadership to global climate change talks", said Mr. Jairam Ramesh, MP, Rajya Sabha, and Senior Visiting Fellow, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, at a public lecture on "Warming up to the Climate Change Challenge", in Chennai on October 24.

    The event was jointly organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and the Asian College of Journalism, and focused on increasing awareness about the need for concerted policy interventions in managing the impact of climate change on India.

  • Public Policy Scholars

    The Hindu Centre is pleased to welcome its new Public Policy Scholars, Deya Bhattacharya, Sumit Chaturvedi, Nandini Dubey, Vanya Mehta, Bharti Mishra Nath and Rajesh Kumar Rai. Read more on the Scholars and their proposed research over the next four months.

The Arena

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years simple imprisonment and fine of Rs. 100 crore by a Special Court in Bangalore, Karnataka, in the disproportionate assets case on September 27, 2014, almost 18 years after case was filed. With the conviction, Ms. Jayalalithaa stands disqualified as a Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and automatically ceases to be Chief Minister. File photo: J. Manoharan/The Hindu

Politics and Corruption

The Conviction of a Chief Minister

SAPTARSHI BHATTACHARYA

With the Special Court in Bangalore pronouncing AIADMK general secretary, Jayalalithaa, guilty in the disproportionate assets case, she becomes the first Indian Chief Minister in office to be convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The historic verdict has unseated a popularly elected Chief Minister and will have a deep impact on the politics of Tamil Nadu, says Saptarshi Bhattacharya.

Publications

POLICY REPORT NO. 6

Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: The Need for a Border States Group

Tridivesh Singh Maini

India-Pakistan ties over the past decade have been a mixed bag. The aim of the research report "Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: The Need for a Border States Group" by Tridivesh Singh Maini is to examine the approach of the political leadership, as well as the business community, in these three ‘border States’ towards India-Pakistan ties. It is very simplistic to link the sentiment in a State with one singular factor: economic, political or cultural. This paper has sought to look at a number of factors, which include politics, economics as well as security issues. It has also attempted to get the views of a reasonably broad spectrum of people from different ideological persuasions, including those representing the Union Government and the State governments.

Events

Jairam Ramesh delivering a lecture,

"Grow now, pay later does not work": Jairam Ramesh

India needs to provide bold new leadership to global climate change talks, says Member of Parliament Jairam Ramesh, speaking about the need for concerted policy interventions in managing the impact of climate change on India, at a public lecture in Chennai on October 24, 2014, as part of a series of lectures organised by The Hindu Centre.

About The Hindu Centre

The founding spirit of The Hindu Centre is the firm conviction that the publishers of The Hindu, a major force for public good and which has had a stellar role in building India’s democratic life, can help revive ebbing public confidence in our parliamentary democracy. Public confidence in India’s democratic institutions and political processes are at an all-time low and there is a rising danger of the Indian public becoming alienated from the electoral process, angered by the failure of politicians to deliver on basic expectations.

We see this as a dangerous trend and hence, by launching a credible and independent platform for an exploration of ideas and public policies, hope to contribute to the rebuilding of public faith in India’s democratic process. We see it as our mission to restore pride and faith in the idea of Indian citizenship and nationhood. This is not a statement of sentiment but intent.

    Your Say

    • Who but 'The Hindu' can one expect to embark on establishing a platform for reviving the people's ebbing faith in India's democratic systems, reduce social inequalities and keep up the pluralistic nature of Indian society. It is indeed a vast canvas; but 'The Hindu' with its long heredity and vast resources, men and material, can certainly achieve it. One can only pray and hope that they take a balanced view of issues and not a prejudiced one as some are prone to. Wish you all the best.

      - Subramanian M P
    • The Hindu group of Publications has always stood for excellence in newspaper publications and responsible journalism. There can be none better suited to launch such an institution with patriotic national objectives. Your group is today one of the most respected not only in India but the world over. While lauding your objectives for starting this Centre on Public Policy, I wish to emphasise the special importance you need to give to the youth of India. The Hindu Centre must be a lighthouse/guidepost to the youth of this great country by encouraging meaningful discussions and deliberations of international standards. It should also give adequate recognition and awards to good role models for the youth. India has the greatest youth population in the world today and we need to guide them in the right direction towards nation building.

      - U. Sathyamoorthy
    • Having a good understanding of the current political scenario, inculcating a value driven political system is a necessity and this is a good step forward in the direction. Hoping to see a regular discussion and direction on the democratic values and public issues that bring awareness to the citizens of India. Hoping to see the thought process and vision of our leaders who wrote the constitution to improve the democratic values and in total, life of the citizens of India. Hoping this will be the platform to bring back that vision and enlighten us to form a better society and a thoughtful and caring society.

      - Ramakrishna

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