We have had a long track record of bad experiences when it comes to the government’s ability to deliver basic services to citizen. While it is important for governments to ensure ‘Equity’ which means it cannot shirk its responsibility of delivering services to citizens without discrimination; it is equally important for government to improve ‘Efficiency’, […]

Centre for Civil Society partnered with the University of Chicago Center in Delhi to host eminent author and historian, Johan Norberg for a public lecture on 16 October 2014. Norberg, best known as the author of In Defense of Global Capitalism, spoke about how globalisation is an opportunity for developing countries. Tasmania versus Tierra del […]

on 17 October 2014

Maharashtra state elections are just over but something was immensely disturbing about them. Let me start by posing a question. Would it not be a flawed system if the Chief Minister of Maharashtra is elected by voters in Madhya Pradesh? Yes, it undoubtedly would be as it would lead to a lack of democratic accountability […]

On the first sight of Professor Leonard Liggio, I thought he must be the libertarian opera singer. Little did I know that he really was the conductor of the liberty orchestra, orchestra not of instruments but of individuals humming with the music of liberty. That first sight was almost a quarter of a century ago! […]

Author: Beena Aiyar One of the most evocative moments of our independence struggle is Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha of 1930. Whether in Dandi, Dharasana or Vedaranyam—the simple act of walking to the shore and breaking British Salt laws shook up the Empire. Gandhiji’s powerful speech the night before his 250 km march to the shores […]

on 5 September 2014

On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, allow me to share the story of Head Sir (as he is fondly called by his students, past and present), founder-principal of a low-fee private school in a remote town of Bihar, and his ordeal while trying to get government recognition for his school. Head Sir started out as […]

Now that I (as many of you) have enjoyed the World Cup 2014, allow me to register my protest on behalf of Brazilian taxpayers against this wanton public expenditure. What a colossal waste! Governments around the world organise and host national and international sports events. Governments also support sportspersons representing their respective jurisdictions, by paying […]

Tom Palmer was at CCS on 22 July to discuss market-based solutions to public policy. He began his talk with an interesting distinction between the ‘government’ and the ‘state’ and went on to discuss the need for a market economy. State: In his talk, Tom highlighted the common mistake that anthropologists make, in studying mountain […]

From my experience of Indian railways I suggest that they find someone who has bought a ticket, and give him a prize. – James Cameron in The Guardian, 21 June 1983 Image courtesy: Blogateur It was announced last week that Indian Railways (IR) is going to increase passenger fare by 14.2 percent and freight charges by 6.5 […]

According to a news story published in the Times of India yesterday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has instructed states  to delist fruits and vegetables from the agriculture produce marketing committees to control food inflation. This advisory from the central government issued to states, and immediately adopted by the Delhi government, is a welcome move and […]