Top 10 Stories of 2015

Content from the Brookings Institution India Center is now archived. After seven years of an impactful partnership, as of September 11, 2020, Brookings India is now the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, an independent public policy institution based in India.

To wrap up 2015, we bring to you the top 10 articles of the year. These articles, written by our scholars, are based on diverse topics such as Heath Care, Chennai Floods, CSR, the rising tur dal prices, the odd-even policy set to be implemented in the Delhi and the India Africa amongst others.

  1. India Inc worried about rise of religious, social intolerance

Vikram Mehta talks about how the Brand India projected by Modi has weak tangible and intangible attributes signified by his silence on the atrocities occurring in the country. The Prime Minister fails to assure investors that India’s future will be liberal, equal, tolerant and inclusive.

  1. Health care – how, where & how much?

Subir Gokarn explains how the consequence of inaction in India leads to a vicious circle between morbidity and poverty.

  1. Cities become battlefields of terrorism as world continues to urbanise

W.P.S. Sidhu points out the lessons that we have learned from the recent terror attacks in Paris, Baghdad, Beirut, Bamako and Kabul. He highlights the fact that this is primarily cause by marginalized citizens who are not actively included in society by the State.

  1. Farmer suicides is not just issue of debt

Shamika Ravi, in a Brookings study, found that farmer, housewives, students and daily-wage workers suicides in Maharastra are substantially more than those in UP and Bihar, which helps substantiate the fact that indebtedness is not the only reason for suicides.

  1. India and Climate Change – Spoilsport or just late to the party?

Rahul Tongia explains the trade-off that India faces between rapid development and emission reduction.

  1. Simplifying bureaucracy should be PM’s new mantra

Vikram Mehta talks about how public support is drifting towards the left and right extremes of the political spectrum worldwide, and bats for simplification of the nature and system of bureaucratic governance in India.

  1.  Think Beyond Health Insurance

Shamika Ravi sheds light on the fact that health insurance market suffers from severe information asymmetries. Due to which, there exists a lack of incentive in patients and doctors to seek cost-effective measures and the insurance markets face the issue of unsustainability.

  1. Subir Gokarn signs off addressing four broad economic themes

He refers to the four broad themes, which are the global situation, infrastructure strategy in India, persistence on food inflation and financial inclusion.

  1. Africa, the indispensable continent for India

W.P.S. Sidhu explains the four ways in which Indian Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) process is crucial to sustain the convoluted and multifaceted India-Africa relationship.

  1. Delhi’s bar on cars: Using a sword instead of a scalpel for surgery

Rahul Tongia explains how the new policy does not really address the root cause of pollution in Delhi and offers only a band-aid solution.