Vivekananda’s Vision Transcends Narrow Political Binaries

Swami Vivekananda’s remarkable three-minute speech at the Parliament of World Religions catapulted him to world renown and put India on the global stage. In many ways, it marked the beginning of India’s decolonisation and civilisational revival.

Shyam Krishnakumar, research associate at Vision India Foundation, writes on Vivekananda’s fundamental contributions to India’s decolonisation -engagement with modernity, creating a contemporary social and work ethic, inspiring the freedom struggle and creating a manifest destiny for India, on the 124th anniversary of the speech.

Read the complete article published on DNA India.

National Capital Region: A Hub Of Opportunities That Needs A Development Shakeup

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NCR is a unique example of inter-state regional planning and development, bringing together four administratively independent units. It is crucial for the region to develop and keep in mind the objective with which it was established.

Soumya Garg, Associate Director, Vision India Foundation, shares her insights.

Read the complete article published on Swarajya.

Policy BootCamp in Srilankan Media


The PBC ’17 delegates with Admiral Dr. J Colombage

Pathfinder Foundation Centre for Indo-Lanka Initiatives Director, Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage, delivered the keynote address titled ‘Indo-Lanka Strategic Ties’, at Vision India Foundation’s Policy BootCamp 2017, in New Delhi.

The complete coverage by Daily Mirror is on their website.

Policy BootCamp 2017 – A Delegate’s Perspective


Members of the classroom Vikramashila, after the last debriefing session at PBC ’17

“It was such a great experience that I am not able to make a decision as to where I should start telling my experiences. Meeting new people from all parts of the country, renowned speakers sharing their experiences and knowledge with us. It seems that these 21 days of knowledge and experience will take at least one or two years to assimilate.”

Read a complete account of Ritambhara Singh’s experience on her blog. She was a delegate at the Policy BootCamp 2017.


Solid Waste Management Rules 2016: How well they have been implemented on ground?




The 2016 Solid Waste Management Rules supersede the Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000, and expand the ambit of application to every urban local body, including outgrowths in urban agglomerations, census towns, areas under railways and airports. The question is, how empowered are the implementation agencies?

Dr. Nomesh Bolia, co-founder and mentor to VIF, and Apula Singh, research associate at VIF, share their analysis on how the effectiveness of these ‘too good to be true SWMR’ is dependent on the empowerment of the agencies.

Read the complete article published on The Indian Express.

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



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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 manner.

Shobhit Mathur, VIF Executive Director, and Ram Prasath V R, VIF Research Intern, share the results of their simple analysis which can serve as a starting point.

Read the complete article published on The Indian Economist.

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

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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 Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Read the complete article published on Swarajya.

Could making the Ganges a ‘person’ Save India’s Holiest River?



A court in India has declared the Ganges river a legal ‘person’ in a fresh effort to save it from pollution. Research Associate Shyam Krishnakumar explains how the ruling could help preserve the waterway upon which so many depend.

Read the complete article published on BBC News.

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

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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 the lower courts, this is the fastest way to reform the judiciary.

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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 Associate, shares his thoughts on the audacious move generated great euphoria and excitement, especially among the observers of South Asian politics and relations.

Read the complete article published on CLAWS.