Concept Note: New India Policy Foundation (Part 4)

The Differentiation

The Foundation will be different from existing think tanks in at least two different ways: (a) It will focus on developing policy ideas for practical real-life issues, rather than engage in mere theoretical pursuits, and (b) Engaging with policy makers and opinion leaders will be an integral part of its mandate, and it will be judged by the direct impact it will make in shaping the policy discourse in the country.

This Foundation will institutionalise the process of public policy research and intervention outside of the Government machinery. It will do so by employing and engaging the best minds under one umbrella, aggregating valuable information and ideas relevant for India, initiating debates in the intelligentsia and civil society and influencing the collective conscious of legislators and bureaucrats. It will be intellectually best in class and a constructive source of inputs on all important areas of legislation and policy making. It will aim to become the fountain head of all policy research and decision making in this country.

It will distinguish itself from other Think Tanks by its “result-oriented” (outcome focused) approach to policy intervention. The effectiveness of its output will be measured in a scientific manner and employee benefits will be linked to it. It will only have a guiding philosophy, and will have no pre-defined political affiliation. It will be accountable to its trustees and the country.

8 thoughts on “Concept Note: New India Policy Foundation (Part 4)

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  2. Dear Rajesh

    I like these ideas and I am in the same line with you.
    Few questions/gaps that comes to our mind are

    1> Who is going to Fund this Foundation ?
    If funding is coming from Govt budget then Govt will have more influence then Foundation main objectives.(Specially in India it is true)

    2> How and who can become the member of this Foundation Think tank.


  3. The pun is intended when we characterize Rajesh’s approach to problems of governance as “Set India Right”. Perhaps it should be his personal slogan.

    Courageous move this, Rajesh has moved away from identifying his agenda with a party to having his agenda stand on its own feet.

    Ideological solutions to issues of polity can only travel so far before they backfire, the problem being that interest groups tend to become non pragmatic and increasingly dogmatic as time passes. All isms pass through these phases, however that doesn’t stop these efforts from being worthwhile or delivering benefits in the short term.

    Rajesh’s major problem is that he has been caught on the wrong foot, and I hate to say it, again. The trend from unbridled capitalism to government regulated (and enlightened?) capitalism has been a long time coming (to India and the US), the South Americans have been at it for quite some time now. How much ever Rajesh bemoans it, this trend will have to run its course before alternates can be seen as promising.

    Therefore I see that Rajesh is going to face an uphill task, at least for the moment. If he needs to gain any mind space in the public domain, he will have to follow a Hannibal-ean strategy, in the absence of which this will remain very much a private enterprise.

    Hope he finds the right people and the right strategies. Here is wishing him good luck.

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