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    Can social media and the internet reduce corruption?

    Chandan Jha

    India has been mired in corruption for decades. The extensive use of social media has been arguably the single biggest factor in the success of the country’s anti-corruption movement in recent years In August 2010, a non-profit organisation called Janaagraha launched a website www.ipaidabribe.com where people are encouraged to share their encounters with corrupt officials (and honest officials) anonymously. The website provides a snapshot of bribe occurrences in a city. It promises to "use them to argue for improving governance systems and procedures, tightening law enforcement...

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    MNREGA: Populist leaky bucket or anti-poverty success?

    Dilip Mookherjee

    The world’s largest workfare programme – MNREGA – formed the backbone of the Indian United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s anti-poverty programme, and may well represent its most important legacy. While the programme was far from perfect, it was much more effective than other existing schemes Nine years ago, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government implemented the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), the world’s largest workfare programme. Rolled out in three successive stages starting in 2005, it covered the entire country by 2008....

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    Religion, minority status and trust in India

    Minhaj Mahmud, Pushkar Maitra, Ananta Neelim

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States has brought India’s societal divisions to Western media attention. Trust is central to economic interactions. It is thus crucial that India’s new government identify institutions and policies that promote trust and reduce societal divisions to better enable growth and development Religion has always been a controversial issue in the Indian subcontinent. South Asians are in perpetual argument about religion, faith and tolerance. There is a sizable segment of the population that identify themselves as being secular, and the...

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    The GST: Light at the end of the tunnel?

    Nirvikar Singh

    As the Goods and Services Tax is inching towards implementation, a major overhaul of the Indian tax system has also been in progress. This article discusses three key strengths of the ongoing process, and highlights the merits of introducing GST as early as possible.  We are used to highlighting the shortcomings of economic reform in India, both in process and outcomes. These shortcomings are particularly apparent now, when the economy is struggling on several fronts: growth, inflation, and the external balance. In this context, it is good to revisit an ongoing success story of Indian...

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    The Bihar Story: Resurrection of the State

    Jitan Ram Manjhi

    In the not so distant past, the Indian state of Bihar was a byword for lawlessness, poverty, and absence of governance. Over the last decade or so, the state has demonstrated a remarkable turnaround and has consistently been amongst the fastest growing states in the country The popular perception is that Bihar’s underdevelopment is primarily due to poor governance since India’s independence. While one cannot deny that the quality of governance in Bihar till very recently has not been satisfactory, it would be a mistake to consider it as the only or main reason for Bihar’s...

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    Can workfare programmes moderate violence?

    Thiemo Fetzer

    It is common in developing countries for income shocks to trigger spurts of violence. Important findings suggest that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREGA) programme has had a moderating effect on the intensity and incidence of terrorist violence in India India has faced many internal security challenges since its independence. In recent years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Naxalism as the greatest threat to internal security. But this is not the only conflict that perturbs India’s development. Regular spurts of violence...