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Shofar Conference Centre, Gurugram


02 February - 03 February

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 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.



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


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,, 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.


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.