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POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (POD)

Event Date: 02 Feb To 03 Feb 2019; Time: 10am - 6pm
Venue: Shofar Conference Centre, Gurugram

 Politics of Development or POD | 2019

About the Program

Ever wondered why India remains poor, with the top 1% bagging more than 70% of the country's wealth? Why our political system not only falls short of the textbook ideal, but prioritizes communal politics, corruption, and cronyism?

The "Politics of Development" is a two-day immersive residential course curated for a batch of 120 Policy Enthusiasts looking for the answers to these and many other grueling questions and striving to find solutions for the same. Our esteemed keynote speaker, Mr. Swaminathan Aiyar will take up discussions on Post-Reform Realities. Further discussions about the nuances of good governance and a deeper look into the crux of political corruption in India that are part of program will be brought up as well.

PoD follows our philosophy for integrated learning and interactive discussions by including lectures by domain specialists, policymakers and policy enthusiasts, and supplementing them with games, movies and presentations to promote healthy group discussions.

Program Highlights:

  • Keynote speakers from industry leaders and policy domain influencers
  • 2-day intensive residential course more than 100 policy enthusiasts to network with
  • Engaging in interactive and thought provoking exercises with the brightest minds of the industry

Selection Process: Since the seats are limited and the candidates will be selected on a rolling basis, those who apply earlier will have a higher chance of selection.

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Schedule

Day 1

Politics of Poverty

  • Is There Really a 'Culture of Poverty' in India?
  • Why Rules of the Game Matter
  • India Before 91
  • Post-Reform Realities in conversation with Swaminathan Aiyar
  • Exploring Good Governance by Ajay Shah
  • Unpacking Political Corruption

Day 2

Politics of Development

  • Improving Competition in the Political Marketplace
  • Ease of Earning a Livelihood
  • Rethinking Welfare

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Speakers

Swaminathan Aiyar (Keynote Speaker)

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is an Indian journalist and columnist. He is a consulting editor for the Economic Times and was formerly Editor of two of India's biggest economic dailies, Financial Express from 1988-90 and The Economic Times from 1992-94. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and the elder brother of Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is a senior Congress leader.

Ajay Shah

Ajay is currently Professor at the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy in Delhi. He is a former consultant to the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and former Associate Professor, IGIDR. He was listed among the Top 10 economists in the Indian Express supplement 'The Most Powerful Indians in 2010'.

Parth Shah

Parth is the Founder and President of Centre for Civil Society. He holds a PhD in Economics from Auburn University,  and has taught at the University of Michigan. His research and advocacy work centres on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property rights approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish). He is also on the editorial board of Education World, Vishleshan, and Khoj, and is informal advisor to many non-profits. Youngest Indian member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Barun Mitra

Barun is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, a nonprofit, independent public policy research and advocacy organization, based in New Delhi, India. Liberty Institute is dedicated to enhancing individual freedom in economic and political domains. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003. Barun Mitra also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Jayaprakash Narayan

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan is a physician by training who went into the Indian Administrative Service in the aftermath of the Emergency and failure of the Janata Experiment. He was a topper in the IAS exam. During the 16 years of distinguished public service in various capacities, he acquired a formidable reputation in the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh. His experience in government convinced him that faulty governance process was the biggest hurdle to India and Indians achieving greater success. And what India needs today is a fundamental change in the rules of the game and not a periodic change of players. In order to translate his vision into practical reality, he resigned from Service (IAS) in 1996 and worked with like-minded colleagues for the formation of Lok Satta. Lok Satta has now emerged as India's leading civil society initiative for governance reforms.

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Join the Two Day Residential Course in Public Policy

Application deadline: 27th January 2019

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Fee includes food, accommodation, transport from Huda City Centre to the venue on first and last day, and learning material.

LEX POLICY - Rethinking Rules, Regulations and the Republic

Event Date: 26 Jan To 27 Jan 2019; Time: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Venue: YWCA International Guest House, 10, Sansad Marg, Connaught Place

LEX POLICY - Rethinking Rules, Regulations and the Republic

Lex policy is a certificate course in law and public policy. The course will explore the various ways in which the constitution remains the fundamental determinant of government policy, and what implications it has had on India's policy success and failures.

About the Program

The Republic Day marks the day when the Constitution came into effect. Today, the Constitution is often used as an instrument for progressive change, or seen as an aspirational document of what the State should be. While it is both of them in limited capacities, it's fundamental role is to pose a set of constraints--to establish separation of powers, a system of checks and balances and to constrain the scope of legislation, among other things.

The document has been remarkable in ensuring peaceful transitions of power, protection of linguistic minorities, women's and dalits' rights and in constraining majoritarianism. At the same time, government policy has shaped its interpretation in such a way that it has failed to effectively constrain the State from intervening in citizens' lives. The Indian state's long conflict with individual liberties is manifest in constitutional cases like Champakam Dorairajan (1951), Golaknath (1967), Kesavananda Bharati(1973) and Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) (2017). The Directive Principles of State Policy and Fundamental Rights raise some fundamental contradictions inherent in the Constitution.

These issues are not of mere academic interest. On the contrary, government intervention continues to weigh heavy on India's growth story. There are a 'million mutinies' across the country, on issues such as land rights, reservation in education and jobs, the unemployment crisis, religious freedom and others whose roots lie in an unrestrained state which acted as an arbiter of privilege for one section over the other.

On this Republic Day, join us as we attempt to understand the role of the constitution in India's history and the future that lies ahead. Seats are limited.

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Speakers

Sanjiv Agarwal

Sanjiv Agarwal is an entrepreneur and inventor with patents issued in several countries. He authored 'The Indian Federalist - The Original Will of India's Founding Fathers'. In the past, He has challenged the 42nd and the 44th amendments, in the Supreme Court of India. These amendments inserted 'Socialist' in the preamble and removed the Right to Property from the fundamental rights, in the Indian Constitution. He is the founder of Good Governance India Foundation. He is inspired by Benjamin Franklin who famously said - 'If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.'

Prashant Narang

An advocate who believes in free enterprise. Having taught at some of the best law schools across India as a visiting faculty, he is currently pursuing PhD from Center for the Study of Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University and running a YouTube channel on policy issues.

Bhuvana Anand

Bhuvana Anand is a governance and public policy specialist. Her experience spans working with donors and civil society organisations in Sudan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India and the United States, in policy advocacy, managing multi-pronged programs and research. She has university and graduate level training in economics and politics, including coursework in political economy, public policy and principles of law. Bhuvana is deeply interested in institutional economics and public choice theories that help to explain the 'interest-incentive-information' motivation that guides and governs political leaders and civil servants. She received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and her bachelor's from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. She previously worked with the United Nations, the British Government's Department for International Development, and MIT's Poverty Action Lab. Bhuvana is currently a research advisor with CCS and was Principal Investigator for the volume Doing Business in Delhi.

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On this Republic Day, join us as we attempt to understand the role of the constitution in India's history and the future that lies ahead. Seats are limited.

Program Date: 26-27 January 2019
Application deadline: 22 January 2019
Venue: YWCA International Guest House, 10, Sansad Marg, Connaught Place
Course Fee: INR 2000

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Advanced ipolicy for Journalists (September 2018)

Event Date: 28 Sep To 30 Sep 2018; Time: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm
Venue: Sitabani Jungle Resort, Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
Advanced ipolicy for Journalists (September 2018)

To secure freedom, prosperity, and good governance, a democratic society requires a high level of ethical and informed reporting. Azadi.me in association with Centre for Civil Society and Edelgive Foundation offers ìpolicy for Journalists, a three day residential course for journalists to equip them with tools to better understand and evaluate the effects of public policies in our day to day functioning. This award winning course focuses on issues in the key areas of education, livelihoods and good governance.

CCS is India's leading liberal think tank, ranked 81 worldwide by the annual study conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Azadi.me is India's first and only liberal webportal in Hindi.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • To equip participants with analytical tools to better understand and evaluate the effects of public policies so as to better distinguish between objective facts and merely subjective opinions and intentions of policies from their actual results.
  • To offer unconventional angles and story ideas, information sources, and expert perspectives.

ELIGIBILITY
This course is targeted towards media professionals with some experience including senior correspondents, feature writers, beat reporters, assistant/sub-editors, producers, and anchors. Freelance journalists who have a dedicated column in reputed publication or web portal can also apply for this workshop. Up to 26 participants are chosen through a competitive evaluation process.

REGISTRATION FEE
The fee for the ìpolicy is Rs. 2,000 only which includes all meals, accommodation, and transportation to the venue and back. This fee is payable upon selection and payment can be made through online only. Fee paid once will not be returned.

APPLICATION DEADLINE – 16 September 2018

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ipolicy for Young Leaders | August 2018

Event Date: 10 Aug To 26 Aug 2018; Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi

ipolicy for Young Leaders, Bengaluruìpolicy is our flagship 3 day introductory course in Public Policy. The course involves a variety of interactive learning methods including dynamic games, talks, dialogues, and documentaries, designed to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share ideas about policy-based solutions to social problems from a liberal perspective.

Why should you attend ìpolicy?

  • To gain exposure to a wide range of topics especially in the areas of livelihood, governance, education, poverty, law, corruption, politics and more
  • To network and interact with fellow participants coming from diverse backgrounds and disciplines representing leading colleges from all over India and abroad.
  • To enhance analytical, public speaking, and presentation skills through working groups, role play, discussions and debates
  • To join our vast alumni and academic network of over 7000 CCS graduates

You can apply to more than one program at a time.

ìpolicy Dates Venue, City Application Deadline  
10-12 August 2018 Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru 26 July 2018
17-19 August 2018 Ramon House, Church Gate, Mumbai 05 August 2018
24-26 August 2018 New Delhi 15 August 2018
Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai
"ìpolicy has enabled me to critically examine the present perspectives I inhabit regarding policy design and policy implication. It has inspired me to gain a holistic understanding of markets and their ways of working in the policy domain."

Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai

Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune
"I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity, it has provided insight, fresh ideas and a liberal perspective. I learnt a lot both from interaction with facilitators and peers. I was encouraged to think more critically, ask more questions and discouraged from accepting things on face value. I think my approach to policy formulation has changed a great deal in terms of how I now perceive institutions, trade, incentives, public interest and govt intervention."

Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune

Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad
"Textbooks provide a very one-dimensional and theoretical approach to issues. Ipolicy definitely showed the current trends interms of the practice approach and introduced me to new perspectives and ways of looking at issues. The most important thing is that in each session, we did not just stop with identifying the problem but also came together to formulate possible solutions to the same."

Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad

ipolicy for Young Leaders, Mumbai | Bengaluru | Pune | Delhi

Event Date: 29 Jun To 29 Jul 2018; Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Venue: Mumbai | Bengaluru | Pune | Delhi

ipolicy for Young Leaders, Mumbai | Bengaluru | Pune | Delhiìpolicy is our flagship 3 day introductory course in Public Policy. The course involves a variety of interactive learning methods including dynamic games, talks, dialogues, and documentaries, designed to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share ideas about policy-based solutions to social problems from a liberal perspective.

Why should you attend ìpolicy?

  • To gain exposure to a wide range of topics especially in the areas of livelihood, governance, education, poverty, law, corruption, politics and more
  • To network and interact with fellow participants coming from diverse backgrounds and disciplines representing leading colleges from all over India and abroad.
  • To enhance analytical, public speaking, and presentation skills through working groups, role play, discussions and debates
  • To join our vast alumni and academic network of over 7000 CCS graduates

You can apply to more than one program at a time.

ìpolicy Dates Cities Application Deadline  
8-10 June 2018 Mumbai 27 May 2018
15-17 June 2018 Delhi 27 May 2018
22-24 June 2018 Bengaluru 5 June 2018
Extended: 10 June 2018
29 June-1 July 2018 Mumbai 19 June 2018
20-22 July 2018 Delhi 24 June 2018
27-29 July 2018 Delhi 24 June 2018
27-29 July 2018 Pune 24 June 2018
Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai
"ìpolicy has enabled me to critically examine the present perspectives I inhabit regarding policy design and policy implication. It has inspired me to gain a holistic understanding of markets and their ways of working in the policy domain."

Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai

Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune
"I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity, it has provided insight, fresh ideas and a liberal perspective. I learnt a lot both from interaction with facilitators and peers. I was encouraged to think more critically, ask more questions and discouraged from accepting things on face value. I think my approach to policy formulation has changed a great deal in terms of how I now perceive institutions, trade, incentives, public interest and govt intervention."

Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune

Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad
"Textbooks provide a very one-dimensional and theoretical approach to issues. Ipolicy definitely showed the current trends interms of the practice approach and introduced me to new perspectives and ways of looking at issues. The most important thing is that in each session, we did not just stop with identifying the problem but also came together to formulate possible solutions to the same."

Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad