September 2013
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Research should go beyond findings to evolve solutions: M.K. Narayanan

Research into sensitive issues should go beyond finding facts or offering diagnosis and come up with solutions that can pave the way for reforms, West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan said on Friday. Interacting with research scholars and journalists at The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy here, he said the outcome of research work should be open for debate involving all stakeholders so that a homogenous solution could be arrived at. “Policy scholars will have a good insight into issues. Everybody is giving the diagnosis, but we need some kind of prescription…Governments are looking for answers. A lot of research is being done and there has to be some fulfilment. The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy can do much more in this regard,” he said.

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The Hindu: Beyond findings, research should offer solutions, says MK Narayanan

Research into sensitive issues should go beyond finding facts or offering diagnosis and come up with solutions that can pave the way for reforms, West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan said on Thursday. Interacting with research scholars and journalists at The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy here, he said the outcome of research should be open to debate involving all stakeholders so that a homogenous solution could be arrived at. Source: The Hindu, CHENNAI, September 27, 2013 Read More... https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/beyond-findings-research-should-offer-solutions-says-mk-narayanan/article5172158.ece

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West Bengal Governor M. K. Narayanan visits The Hindu Centre

The Governor of West Bengal, M.K. Narayanan, urged think tanks to come out with recommendations that could be used by the Government to solve existing

Ethics of Disobedience

In this paper, Rajgopal Saikumar examines civil disobedience as a form of resistance to power in contemporary India. At the very core of a theory of civil disobedience lie two questions: first, what is the nature of our political obligation towards the law and the state and, second, what is the relation between law and morality? At what point is disobedience justified on the grounds of morality? The study begins with a critical reading of eminent philosopher John Rawls’ justification of civil disobedience as argued in his book, A Theory of Justice. Rajgopal is critical of the Rawlsian conception of the Self, which is abstract and atomistic. Instead, a move towards a theory of civil disobedience, which is based on experience as conscience, is suggested. The experience of this embodied self, in its life world, provides the grounding for this rethinking of civil disobedience. Rajgopal analyses this rethinking of civil disobedience based on two case studies. [PDF 455 KB]

The Hindu Business Line: Centre, AP Govt rapped for not reaching out to people of Seemandhra

The State and Union Governments should have gone beyond political considerations to allay people’s fears regarding the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to form Telangana. This was among the views expressed at a panel discussion on “Dealing with the Costs of Division: A Dialogue Towards Reconciliation”, organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, in which the panellists unanimously rejected the idea of Hyderabad as a union territory or as a joint capital. Source: The Hindu Business Line, CHENNAI, September 22, 2013 Read More... https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/centre-ap-govt-rapped-for-not-reaching-out-to-people-of-seemandhra/article5157257.ece

Business Standard: Consultation meet on AP impasse ends on inconclusive note

A day-long consultation meet organised by 'The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy' here today could not come out with any substantial solution for the prevailing crisis in Andhra Pradesh over the proposed division of the state even as participants wanted the Centre to reach out to people and civil society to end the impasse. "The Centre could have done much more...It has not done enough to reach out to the people. It can still do more to reach out to the people and the civil society, beyond political parties, to find a solution to the crisis," the meet concluded. Briefing newsmen in the evening about the day's deliberations, Economic and Political Weekly Executive Editor Aniket Alam and Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies Yogendra Yadav said, "the problem is intractable. The passions are very high and its a zero-sum game. The division is clear, which is an unfortunate reality. Source: Business Standard, HYDERABAD, September 22, 2013 Read More... http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/consultation-meet-on-ap-impasse-ends-on-inconclusive-note-113092100550_1.html

Zee News: Consultation meet on AP impasse ends on inconclusive note

Hyderabad: A day-long consultation meet organised by 'The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy' here on Saturday could not come out with any substantial solution for the prevailing crisis in Andhra Pradesh over the proposed division of the state even as participants wanted the Centre to reach out to people and civil society to end the impasse. "The Centre could have done much more...It has not done enough to reach out to the people. It can still do more to reach out to the people and the civil society, beyond political parties, to find a solution to the crisis," the meet concluded. Source: Zee News, September 22, 2013 Read More... http://zeenews.india.com/news/andhra-pradesh/consultation-meet-on-ap-impasse-ends-on-inconclusive-note_878278.html

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The Hindu: National platform for reconciliation needed on bifurcation issue, says Lok Satta chief

Lok Satta Party national president Jayaprakash Narayan called for carrying out a cost-benefit analysis of various options on the table in connection with the move to bifurcate the State and suggested the need for a national platform for reconciliation. Participating in a panel discussion during a consultation on “Dealing with the costs of division: A dialogue towards reconciliation” organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy here on Saturday, he observed that politics was the art of reconciling conflicting positions and expressed confidence that nothing was intractable. The dialogue focused on ways to find workable solutions to the various contentious issues that have dogged the process of de-merger of the State. Source: The Hindu, HYDERABAD, September 22, 2013 Read More... https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/national-platform-for-reconciliation-needed-on-bifurcation-issue-says-lok-satta-chief/article5154564.ece Published in other Media: The Hindu, HYDERABAD, September 22, 2013 The Hindu Business Line, CHENNAI, September 22, 2013

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The Hindu: Hyderabad evokes hot debate in political and academic circles

The status of Hyderabad in the event of bifurcation of the State continues to be a hotly debated issue in the political, academia and other circles. The issue which figured in a meeting organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy saw some interesting observations by speakers who felt that centralised development of the State capital with concentration of political power as well as infrastructure had made it a bone of contention in the bifurcation of the State. Source: The Hindu, HYDERABAD, September 22, 2013 Read More... https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/hyderabad-evokes-hot-debate-in-political-and-academic-circles/article5154707.ece

The New Indian Express: Round table opposes Hyderabad as UT or joint capital

Participants at a round-table on the Telangana conundrum have more or less ruled out accepting Hyderabad as Union Territory on the lines of Chandigarh or making it a joint capital for Telangana and Andhra on a permanent basis. The round table, organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy on ‘Dealing with the Costs of Division: A dialogue towards Reconciliation’ here on Saturday, sought to know the opinions of a cross-section of society on the road ahead with the Centre making it clear that it wants to divide the state. Source: The New Indian Express, HYDERABAD, 22-09-2013 Read More... http://newindianexpress.com/states/andhra_pradesh/Round-table-opposes-Hyderabad-as-UT-or-joint-capital/2013/09/22/article1796988.ece

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The Hindu: "Why no reconciliation efforts on Telangana?"

The Congress-led UPA coalition came under criticism for the manner in which it has been handling the contentious Telangana Statehood issue without taking up reconciliation measures and giving assurances that it would address the concerns of the two regions. The Centre should have taken the initiative of convening meetings of the stakeholders and allayed their apprehensions giving specific assurances, but no effort has been forthcoming in that direction resulting in rising animosities among the people. Though the government had clarified that there was no going back on its decision, it had failed to explore common areas of reconciliation and the way forward, speakers at a meeting organised here on Saturday said. The meeting was organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy with the theme “Dealing with the costs of division — a dialogue towards reconciliation.” ( www.thehinducentre.com ) Source: The Hindu, HYDERABAD, September 22, 2013 Read More... https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/why-no-reconciliation-efforts-on-telangana/article5154651.ece

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Key Stakeholders Discuss Telangana

Political leaders, academics, experts and other stakeholders from across the spectrum came together today at a consultation organised by The Hindu Cen

Decisional Analysis and the Role of the Speaker

The Indian Parliament, in the era of coalition governments, has seen an increase in the number of disruptions of sittings. This, Harsimran Kalra argues, has severely impacted legislation in the Lok Sabha. In this Policy Report, Ms. Kalra situates the decisions of Lok Sabha Speakers in a political context. She demonstrates that their decisions are guided by pressing political concerns, public opinion and a desire to augment the legislative functioning of the Lok Sabha. Ms. Kalra identifies the frequency of disruptions caused by Members of Parliament as a key pressure on the role of the Speaker. The Speaker’s job is to maintain decorum and ensure that debates are productive. In recent years, the pull of coalition governments has made this role tougher for most Speakers. In this Policy Report, Ms. Kalra identifies mechanisms that Speakers have used to discipline Members of Parliament and offers policy suggestions that can enhance the Speaker’s role. [PDF 1.28 MB]

India's Willing Executioners

The special fast track court set up to try "Nirbhaya’s" rapists has handed over a problematic verdict, says The Hindu Centre’s Chief Researc