Entries by VIF

The Pendency of Cases in High Courts: Hitting the Nail on the Head

    Identifying where the problem lies with judicial pendency in the High Courts of India is a challenge. Civil Writ Petitions in 17 High Courts are the major problem. Knowing the exact problem and location can help customize the solution. With the limited resources (judges) we have, we should allocate them in an optimal […]

Thank You, Varun Gandhi, But We Don’t Really Need The Right To Recall

The proposed ‘Right to Recall’ bill, even though aiming for the noblest of goals, would wreck widespread damage if ever it is made into law. Narasimha Donthineni, VIF Campus Ambassador, IIM Rohtak, shares his thoughts on this move in which Varun Gandhi moved a Private Member’s Bill in the Parliament proposing an amendment in the […]

Judicial reforms: Why lower courts should be the first in the line

Judicial delays are often understood to be due to a shortage of judges. But this is not the sole reason. Shobhit Mathur, Executive Director VIF, and Ram Prasath, Research Intern VIF, show that lower courts can horizontally replicate best practices using the available resources and enhance their performance. Since 80% of the cases are pending in […]

Modi’s Neighbourhood First Policy Must March on, With or Without Pakistan

When Narendra Modi took oath as the 14th Indian Prime Minister in May 2014, he made an unprecedented diplomatic outreach to India’s neighbours by inviting their heads of government. It was the very first initiative of what later came to be known as the ‘neighbourhood first’ policy of the Modi government. Kamal Madishetty, VIF Research […]

Education is Not Just About Math

The success of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan in enrolling almost 98 per cent of all children of school going age has shifted the focus of education to the question of quality. The need for emphasis on quality has been recognised by both educationists and the government. Last year’s Draft National Education Policy has a strong emphasis […]

Arun Jaitley did a great thing by abolishing FIPB

Picture Credits: India Today Amidst a multitude of expectations, finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2017-18 in Parliament, one which was low on fireworks but high on pragmatic and incremental changes. Expansion of the tax base by reducing tax rate in the Rs 2.5-5 lakh income bracket, special focus on agriculture and rural sector, […]

Why India Bull-taming Protest May Not Be Just About Bulls

India is a country of a million little mutinies, reeling with rage and revolt. One such mutiny has recently brewed in southern Tamil Nadu state, where people have been protesting against a ban on a traditional bull-taming contest, known as jallikattu. They say the ban is an attack on their culture and identity. The expertise of […]

Modi’s Surgical Strike on Black Money Has Also Hit Maoists Hard

The rise of Left-Wing Extremism in India goes back to the first peasants’ uprising at Naxalbari in 1967. It reached its pinnacle in 2009, when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Maoist activities as “the biggest internal security threat ever faced by the country”. This shows the grave concerns the state and the civilians […]