Post Tagged with: "India"

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

Photo: Tim Evanson. Source: Wikimedia.

The true ‘unnatural crime’: abdicating the constitutional duty of judicial review

On January 31, 2017, the Home Office in the UK posthumously pardoned more than 50,000 gay and bisexual men, including the literary genius Oscar Wilde under the “Turing Law”. Although not without it critics, this is a powerful symbol of seeking to redress injustice committed against gay men and another […]

by × 09 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Science and technology

Whatsapp screen. Image by Sam Azgor. Source: Flickr CC

Governance in the time of Whatsapp

Early this year, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi suspended a government officer in Puducherry, one of the six Union Territories of India, for sending an obscene video in a WhatsApp group dedicated to improving the administration, of which she and other senior bureaucrats were members. Soon the Chief Minister banned the […]

by × 06 March 2017 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Coldplay  at Glastonbury 2016. Photo by: Guy Hurst. Source: Flickr Creative Commons

Law, nationalism and absurdity: The case of Coldplay and the Indian flag

Coldplay performed in India for the first time last weekend. The band was promoting a sanitation campaign at the Global Citizen Festival on World Toilet Day. It was a grand occasion for Indian music lovers and a rare (if not unique) chance for the sub-continent seeing performances from world famous […]

by × 23 November 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Window to the World: View of the Oxford University Press from the Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Oxford University Press vs a photocopy shop in Delhi: The difficulty in arguing fairness

Sitting right in front of the iconic Oxford University Press (OUP), is Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where my classmates (from 55 countries) and I spent the last 12 months grappling with difficult questions of public policy. Our cohort did not shy away from a heated discussion. You could see […]

by × 19 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA; Young Global Leader; Global Agenda Council on the International Monetary System at the World Economic Forum on India 2012. Source: Wikipedia.

Academia and politics: From lecture halls to policy war rooms

Recently, Harvard University professor Gita Gopinath has been appointed as financial advisor by the office of Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, the southernmost state of India. The row that followed has once again opened the debate on the role of academia in the business of government and policy […]

by × 08 September 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Market in Chennai, India. Photo: McKay Savage, source: Flickr.

Solving the identity jumble

Human beings, as individuals and collectives, take a lot of pride in their identities. It makes them part of a larger whole, a cultural and historical richness evolving over centuries. But, the narrative of identity has also been the dominant discourse in politics. It is a powerful tool to create […]

by × 19 May 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

The Indian state and its counter-productive counter-terrorism

The Indian state and its counter-productive counter-terrorism

Earlier this week, the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) special court discharged the eight accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case. In 2012, Mohammed Aamir Khan was acquitted in 18 cases of terrorism after being behind bars for 14 long years, charged with masterminding 20 bomb blasts in and […]

by × 06 May 2016 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Shobhana Bhartia (third from left) with some MPP students and dean Ngaire Woods.

Dean’s Forum at BSG: From newsmakers to a ‘news maker’!

The Dean’s Forum at BSG is a great space for candid and often intimate conversations with newsmakers and opinion shapers from different parts of the world. The trend continued last week when we welcomed Shobhana Bhartia, the chairperson and editorial director of the Hindustan Times Group, to an afternoon of […]

by × 11 February 2016 ×