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24 June 2017
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Apr 13 2010
DEALING WITH NAXALISM
Development now!
Politicians would like us to believe that tackling the Maoists now is urgent, while development is only possible in the long run. Not true, writes Ashwin Mahesh.
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Jul 06 2009
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NATIONAL ID SCHEME
Your identification, please
The proposed National ID should be a backbone upon which governance and economic development rest comfortably, rather than merely a tool for auditing schemes, writes Ashwin Mahesh.
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Dec 25 2008
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BOOK REVIEW: IMAGINING INDIA
Getting things done
Influencing public policy and implementation is a long grind, but with a portfolio of ideas in hand, Nandan Nilekani has coursed the meeting rooms of state and central governments for years. Ashwin Mahesh reviews his first book.
Also see: Interview with Nandan Nilekani.
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Dec 25 2008
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INTERVIEW: NANDAN NILEKANI
"I am a portfolio guy"
Ashwin Mahesh talks to the former Infosys CEO, now an author for the first time.
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Jan 07 2008
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BAMBOO IN HOUSING
New vistas in construction
Has bamboo's time arrived? The high cost of inputs going into conventional construction is beginning to push more people in the direction of alternatives, and this was topic of a recent seminar at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Ashwin Mahesh has more.
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Jul 05 2007
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OPINION/GOVERNANCE
Better traffic ahead
Fundamentally, the challenge of traffic and transport management in any of our large cities is not merely to create more road infrastructure. The more powerful way to tackle the problem is through analysis of road use patterns, and through the creation of transport services based on them, says Ashwin Mahesh.
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Mar 28 2007
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OPINION/GOVERNMENT
What's 'inclusive' about the Budget?
The government's understanding of an 'inclusive' Budget is simply that it ought to be the provider of welfare for the lower income groups. The evidence so far suggests that this is an attempt doomed from the start, since the government is not very good at administering such programmes. Ashwin Mahesh says that there are better options.
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Jan 24 2007
OPINION
Information or technology?
The key to understanding information and communication technologies is that their potential for development does not lie in their electronic wizardry, but rather in the information that is communicated by their use, and the subsequent informed actions of citizens. Ashwin Mahesh on the much-touted ICTs.
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May 12 2006
OPINION
How things change in government
There are many ideas about how change occurs. Each has some strengths and is able to influence government to some degree, for good as well as bad. I prefer advocacy of decency and an autonomy that benefits people directly over other methods, says Ashwin Mahesh.
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Aug 25 2005
Counting people, discounting their worth
One often hears that the country's large population is at the heart of many of its troubles, but doing the numbers doesn't suggest anything of that sort. Still, in an important way, it does have to do with people. Here's how: some of the people don't think the rest of the people are even people, says Ashwin Mahesh.
Mar 30 2005
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CONFESSIONS OF A SECULAR FUNDAMENTALIST
Aiyar logic, weaker argument
Mani Shankar Aiyar fails on two counts - his poor arguments for secularism, as well as his scant attention to his party's role in creating the economic conditions for communalism. Ashwin Mahesh reviews Confessions of a Secular Fundamentalist.
Jan 13 2005
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Trust, but verify
For the great majority of us who are far from the Tsunami disaster, the easiest thing to contribute is money. Finding someone who'll take our money is easy. But a recipient's annual report summarising relief transactions is not enough to tell us how our money was used, says Ashwin Mahesh.
Oct 01 2004
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Less populous, more powerful
Ashwin Mahesh shows how some states wield more power in Parliament than they would if statewise seat shares were fixed on the basis of population alone.
Jul 01 2004
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Illiteracy begins at home
Millions of Indian kids are out of school because the places that were reserved for them by law were instead given to others like you and me. That may be about to change, says Ashwin Mahesh.
Jan 01 2004
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Leadership by non-believers
Our economic and political leaders do not have much faith in the free market, or in trickle-down economics, despite their apparent support for both, says Ashwin Mahesh.
Jul 01 2003
How can I help you?
The greatest of good intentions have a way of reminding me of the very things I wish not to remember, says Ashwin Mahesh.
Apr 01 2003
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The promise of a different life
Without the opportunity to empower themselves, hope for the nation's handicapped will remain just a four-letter word, says Ashwin Mahesh.

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