Entries by VIF

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 […]

How Demonetisation Choked Pakistan’s Fake Currency Influx Into India

Demonetisation has hit multiple targets, and one certainly, is fake Indian currency notes in circulation. The outcome is clear with violence in Kashmir reducing by 60 per cent, what with the Hurriyat Conference’s funds drying up. This article is drawn from the study undertaken in Dec 2015 by Abiram Devnathan, Research Intern, VIF. Read the complete article […]

Know The Teachings Of Swami Vivekananda On His 154th Birth Anniversary

Today, more than a hundred years later, his words have permeated across India and set fire to thousands across our land. In every village in this country, chances are that we shall find at least one charity named after him. What is about the vision of Swami Vivekananda that drives so many people to strive […]

Impact Assessment of Change in Yatris – Good Governance Yatra ’16

  The GGY is an immersive learning experience that changes perspectives about government and elected representatives in our country. The bar graph shows an impact assessment of this change in the yatris from the recently concluded yatra – The final question reflects that the yatra indeed is contributing to change agents for nation building.  

Remembering Sri Aurobindo And The Vision Of A Life Divine

Sri Aurobindo spoke of his five dreams for the nation – a united India, the resurgence of Asia, unification of the world, the spiritual gift of India to the world, and evolution through raising human consciousness. Shyam Krishnakumar, Research Associate VIF, shares his thoughts on the learnings that one can draw from Sri Aurobindo ji. […]

World Governance Expedition – The Journey and Its Learnings

  Amanat Boprai, an Indian delegate recalls her takeaways from the first World Governance Expedition 2300 miles, 10 US states, 15 days, 40 meetings, 25 people – sounds intense, doesn’t it? Sometimes the most intriguing of experiences come in the most grueling of packages. They say that “those who live with passion start out with […]