Hyderi Mansion: Gandhi’s greatest moment in shambles

Hyderi Mansion: Gandhi's greatest moment in shambles

A note and some pictures from a bittersweet visit to the place where Gandhi sat on a fast for peace at the dawn of India’s independence. Hyderi Mansion (Calcutta) lies in shambles today, much like his memory. …read more

Delivering public services effectively: Tamil Nadu & beyond

Delivering public services effectively: Tamil Nadu & beyond

An excerpt from my forthcoming book. This is how it starts, and this is how it all started …read more

Combatting corruption with mobile phones 2

Combatting corruption with mobile phones

A project for proactive transparency using mobile phones …read more

Two tips for expressing love to your wife

Two tips for expressing love to your wife

On using academic training to express love…and if you are wondering what a squirrel is doing here, read on! …read more

Thinking of NREGA from the beautiful Adirondacks

Thinking of NREGA from the beautiful Adirondacks

The spectacular work of CCC in restoring the Adirondacks after fire gives me some dreams for NREGA in India. …read more

NREGA for the disabled

NREGA for the disabled

NREGA presents an unprecedented opportunity for disabled persons across India to earn a living and to showcase their talents. But as things stand, NREGA is not designed for disabled people to participate in it, but we can change it all with some tweaking. …read more

To a ‘Pepsi’ I loved

To a 'Pepsi' I loved

Just learned that one of the first to welcome me to the US is now gone. Pepsi, the adorable lab, with all her energy and love was a constant companion during my first five years in this country. There is so much to remember about Pepsi. Our long walks. Her “let’s play” look, and how …read more

You’ve got my nod

As an active listener, I often nod my head as I listen to people.  Turns out that I do it a little more vigorously than most other people – and this has become a trademark.  During a visit to a very remote village in Rajasthan, all the children of the village followed me for a …read more

Google Scholar adds a library feature

Google scholar has started a facility for us to build libraries (see announcement) of articles that we are interested in.  I am not sure how useful this will be since I have to maintain a library in my citation manager in any case (I use zotero  now and have used Refworks in the past). The Library …read more

Letters from a father to a daughter

Letters from a father to a daughter

On leaving you at the day-care for the first time. …read more

Unique Identity Project (Aadhar): Useful links

Unique Identity Project (Aadhar): Useful links

A small, but growing collection of my bookmarks on the Unique Identity Project of India Academic publications Other articles

On regulating freebies in election manifestoes

On regulating freebies in election manifestoes

Regulating ‘freebies’ in manifestoes would be regressive and unwise. …read more

Diverse opinions from India

A collection of links from sources as diverse as the RSS, CPI-ML, Mili Gazette, India Together and the Dalit News Network. All too often we read news from just the sources that are ideologically aligned to us. I created this page in order to break from this tradition so that I am acquainted with views ...read more

People without a crisis

People without a crisis
Some people are in a crisis and others are enjoying prosperity...who should the government help? A serious policy debate. ...read more