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Background Note No.7

Public Policy and the Child in Tamil Nadu

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and UNICEF, Chennai, organised a Round Table on Public Policy and the Child in Tamil Nadu on September 02, 2017 (Saturday), at Kasturi Buildings, 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai.    The aim of the Round Table was to take stock of the extent to which the State's policies have contributed to and shaped childhood. Covering the ages of 0 to 18 years, the discussions at the Round Table explored the relationship between the state and the child in Tamil Nadu, which is critical for the quality of life for children. Papers were invited from the participants at the Round Table on the following themes: 1. Policy and Fiscal Space in Tamil Nadu 2. Education and Health 3. The Disadvantaged Child, and 4. Social Spaces for the Child This Background Note contains the Concept Note and the 10 papers that were presented and discussed at the Round Table. Feedback and comments may please be sent to [email protected] Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 3.72 MB]

Background Note No.6

Demonetisation and Black Money

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and Asian College of Journalism is organising a Public discussion on Demonetisation and Black Money on April 13, 2017 (Thursday), at 6.00 p.m. at Kasturi Srinivasan Hall, The Music Academy, Royapettah, Chennai. This Background Note is prepared by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy to set the issue in context. Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 5.08 MB]

Background Note No.5

Cinema and the Voter

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and U.S. Consulate General Chennai is organising a Public discussion on Cinema and the Voter on February 7, 2017 (Tuesday), at 6.00 p.m. at Kasturi Srinivasan Hall, The Music Academy, Royapettah, Chennai. This Background Note is prepared by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy to set the issue in context. Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 5.75 MB]

Background Note No.4

Union Budget 2017: A Panel Discussion

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and the Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organising a Panel discussion on The Union Budget 2017 on February 3, 2017 (Friday), at 10.00 a.m. at Kasturi Srinivasan Hall, The Music Academy, Royapettah, Chennai. This Background Note is prepared by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy to set the issue in context. Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 4.80 MB]

Background Note No.3

How India’s Economy Changed Track: A Retrospective of Politics and Public Policy

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy is organising a public discussion with Jairam Ramesh , Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Former Union Minister, Senior Visiting Fellow, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, and author of To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story (2015), on July 29, 2016 (Friday), at 5.30 p.m. at Kasturi Srinivasan Hall, The Music Academy, Royapettah, Chennai. Jairam Ramesh will be in conversation with Mukund Padmanabhan , Editor, The Hindu, on 25 th Year of Reforms: A Retrospective of What Happened in June-July 1991 , followed by interaction with the audience. This Background Note is prepared by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy to set the issue in context. Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 3.20 MB]

Background Note No.2

The Politics of Welfare in Tamil Nadu

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy brings together experts with a ringside view of important political and policy decisions in India to share information and views on key issues facing the nation. These Briefings will aim to provide insights into and informed analyses on issues that are important for political and governance structures to sustain and improve India’s democratic and secular foundations. The first Briefing on The Politics of Welfare in Tamil Nadu will be held on April 30, 2016. This Background Note is prepared by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy to set the issue in context. Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 3.54 MB]

Background Note

Free Speech and Sedition in a Democracy

There is a strong case to question the continuation of sedition laws in democratic India for at least three reasons. First, they were framed by colonial ‘rulers’ to suppress dissent raised by the ‘ruled’, and is out of place in a democratic republic in which political sovereignty rests with the citizens. Second, despite the highest judiciary of independent India reading down the Section, there appears to be little political restraint in invoking it to incarcerate dissenters of all hues. Third, the existing provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) are sufficient to address all threats to violence and public order. Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 4.20 MB]