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Pragati April 2009: Ideas for the honeymoon

What the new government should do in its first 100 days

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

India goes to the polls in a few weeks’ time. A new government will be in place in a couple of months.

The honeymoon’ period of the first hundred days offers a new government the opportunity to implement important reforms that might otherwise face the greatest resistance. Of course, follow-through is important, but setting the momentum early is crucial. Most importantly, the honeymoon comes but once in a government’s life: so it is important to have a plan of action to make the most of it. Plan ahead, as they say, to avoid disappointment. This issue outlines a honeymoon agenda for the new government in three vital areas: economic reforms, national security and education.

Some of you are involved in preparing policy agendas for political parties. A few of you are even contesting the elections. We hope reading this issue will help you make a difference.

Our proposals are ambitious. How can they not be? But we are also realistic about how much a government can accomplish. Our recommendations, at the least, will allow readers to see how far the actual performance falls below our benchmarks.

This leads us to the other theme in this issue: the importance of voting. At an individual level you will make a difference when you vote. Don’t wait for the perfect candidate to come along—please vote for the best of the existing lot, and encourage your friends to do so. The articles in our perspective section make the case for voting as the necessary condition to effect change.

In addition to the other regular features, we present the results of our reader survey in this month’s issue: we had asked you if you’d subscribe to a print edition of Pragati. Two-thirds of the respondents said Yes”, but those who said No” gave some good reasons. Your feedback was extremely useful: we’re acting on it. More on this later.

[Download PDF] Read & Share as usual. And for our readers in India: don’t forget to vote!

Contents

PERSPECTIVE

Vote!

Because No Vote’ is no solution

Barun Mitra

Institutions and votebanks

Where’s the new politics going to come from?

Aadisht & Ravikiran Rao

READER SURVEY

Would you subscribe to our print edition?

FILTER

Essential readings of the month

Ravi Gopalan

IN DEPTH

Reforms during the time of crisis

Selected priorities for the next government

Mukul G Asher & V Anantha Nageswaran

Start by burying Lord Ismay

Defence and internal security initiatives for the first 100 days

Nitin Pai

Liberalise education

More than additional funds, education policy needs structural reform

Atanu Dey

ROUNDUP

Asking the right question

Free and compulsory education cannot happen by fiat

Naveen Mandava & Gautam Bastian

Kashmir pending

Lift the AFSPA in a calibrated manner

Rohit Pradhan & Sushant K Singh

Reconnecting with Iran

India must reassess its drift away from Iran

Rohan Joshi

BOOKS

Readings in foreign policy

On contemporary debates and the future with China

M Rajkumar

Fourteen centuries later

Two journeys from China to India

Samanth Subramanian



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