The recent proposal to re-staff the regulatory agencies in the power sector prompted two very thoughtful responses from Prof Navroz Dubash and Sudha Mahalingam. Navroz argues that countering the democracy deficit in regulatory institutions is not only about appointing suitable regulators with technical expertise, but more importantly about the open consultative process that regulators follow…

In yesterday’s Hindu, Jairam Ramesh identifies a pressing national priority: “THE UNITED Progressive Alliance Government has embarked on major new publicly-funded programmes in employment generation, rural infrastructure, education, health, nutrition, social security for unorganised sector workers, and urban renewal. These programmes have been long overdue. Clearly, additional resources have to be found quickly.” He puts…

Once again, the relationship between patent rights and public health has made mainstream media –and this time, in the context of the notorious AVIAN FLU, which is spreading rapidly. A recent news item states that Roche, which holds the patent over Tamiflu is unwilling to license it, despite the fact that it cannot produce enough…

Yesterday’s Telegraph carries Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s evaluation of Chief Justice Lahoti’s tenure at the helm of the Indian judiciary. (Click here for a related post on this blog). Referring to Chief Justice Lahoti’s impact on jurisprudence, Mehta observes: “ [Chief Justice Lahoti] catalysed some significant opinions that range from indefensible to potentially revolutionary. For instance,…

Shamnad’s recent post reminded me of an academic paper by Andrew Hurrell and Amrita Narlikar, titled “A New Politics of Confrontation: Developing Countries at Cancun and Beyond”. In this piece, Hurrell and Narlikar contest some of the conventional wisdom in International Relations Theory about how and why developing countries behave as they do in contemporary…

Since the Supreme Court has only issued an order as opposed to a reasoned judgment in the Rameshwar Prasad case, analysis of the ruling is necessarily constrained. The consensus among those who have reacted so far appears to be that the institution of Governors in the states needs an overhaul. Writing in yesterday’s Indian Express,…