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16 March -

10:00 am -06:00 pm


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 certificate 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 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 the 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.



DAY 1 | 16 March 2019 | Politics of Poverty


  • 09:00 - 10:30 | Open hours with Mentors: Discussion on Pre-work
  • 10:30 - 11:00 | Break
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Activity
  • 11:30 - 13:00 | Is there Really a Culture of Poverty in India?
    This session explores how poverty is not a result of people being tardy or unambitious but rather the result of bad policies which attack their economic freedom and property rights.
  • 13:00 - 14:30 | Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00 | Once Upon a Time in 1991
    This session delves into India's experience with socialism and how it created a rent-seeking society with rampant corruption. As consumers, citizens werdenied goods. As producers, entrepreneurs were denied the ability to produce.
  • 16:00 - 16:30 | Break
  • 16:30 - 19:00 | To Regulate or Not to Regulate
    This session discusses how liberalisation opened the economy and lifted millions out of poverty, but did not go far enough. Many quarters were left untouched and continue to suffer under the old system of state permits. At the same time, cronyism thrives in the state-controlled sectors of the economy and bad regulations continue to thwart our development.
  • 19:00 - 20:30 | Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 | Political corruption: Authority plus Monopoly minus Transparency
    This session explores why political parties often recruit candidates with criminal backgrounds and citizens vote for 'strongmen' politicians who are looked up to as Robin Hood figures.
  • 22:00 - 22:30 | Open Hour with Mentors


DAY 2 | 17 March 2019 | Politics of Prosperity


  • 09:00 - 09:40 | Activity
  • 09:40 - 11:30 | How Can We Disrupt the Political Marketplace?
    This sessions advances increasing political competition through federalism and bringing in campaign finance reform as two possible solutions to increase governmental accountability.
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Break
  • 12:00 - 13:15 | Keynote Address
  • 13:15 - 14:15 | Lunch
  • 14:15 - 15:30 | Lifting Barriers for Ease of Earning a Living
    This session debunks how India's big government is hardly a check on big business. Instead, rampant state regulation reduces competition and increases costs of compliance for entrepreneurs making it harder for them to earn a living.
  • 15:30 - 16:00 | Open Hour with Mentors
  • 16:00 - 17:30 | How good a solution is welfare?
    This session argues that given the widespread poverty and rising inequality, redistribution of wealth and government welfare schemes may seem to be the obvious short-term solutions. But limiting attention only to these policies is likely to undermine the very process that has lifted millions out of poverty
  • 17:30 - 18:00 | Activity
  • 18:00 - 18:30 | Wrap-Up and Graduation

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The program is NON RESIDENTIAL and the program fee covers food and course materials for the entire duration of the program.