Understanding Public Policy in India

How can Public Policy be explained in simple terms? How to move beyond definitions and understand the real impact of Public Policy? What does it mean? Why is it relevant? If you wish to understand Public Policy the way you would explain it to a layman, we have done just that for you. In this interactive document, we have explained Public Policy through a variety of examples so that everyone can understand Public Policy in ‘real terms’. So what is Public Policy? Find out now! (more…)

“Period” of Change: Acknowledging the Right to Menstrual Health

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

It can’t be stressed enough that menstruation is a mere biological phenomenon, so why does it bother a society so much that we need policies for menstruating women? To answer the aforementioned, one has to acknowledge the closely knit cultural and social spaces along with the psycho-social contexts in which women attain puberty and go on to menstruate for the better part of their teenage, adolescence and adult lives. (more…)

Learnings at The Policy Troupe: Almora Deliberation (28th-29th July, 2018)

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

When you enter Almora, the District Headquarters of the Kumaon region, you will see prosperity, abled infrastructure and globalization all wrapped into one, amidst the serenity of the green hills that envelop this Himalayan town. Old colonial buildings, streets swarmed with traditional local delicacies and a whole lot of well maintained government offices, well kept government schools, scattering of ill-conceived primary private schools and a large number of public toilets; all on the same street that caters to the outsiders with its endless hotels, modest eateries and a trail of noisy vehicles. (more…)

The Untold Story of India’s Sold Brides

By Sajith Anjickal, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Bride trafficking is an unlawful activity wherein brides are bought and sold against their will only to be subjected to sexual and domestic slavery. It is one of those pervasive yet indiscernible crimes that affect women. India is home to a rather massive, organized and lucrative bride trafficking network. Women trafficked on the pretext of marriage are oppressed, deprived of basic rights, sold again as maids and eventually abandoned. The proliferation of the bride trafficking network can be attributed to the gender imbalance prevalent in majority of the States in India. And to make things worse, India lacks an effective statutory framework to curb the social evil of bride trafficking. (more…)

Civic Architects: The Policy Generation Group (Bride Trafficking)

In an ideal democracy, the State mechanism is designed to determine the problem areas for its people and resolve them through necessary policy action. People and their well being is thus at the core of an exemplary public policy mechanism, which is why proactive mass action can determine the fate of the policies that the State sets out to formulate. It is hence crucial that people demand policies on existing realities that require urgent attention of the State because unless such issues garner public attention, the State can’t recognise their expanse at a scale that deserves carefully crafted policies. (more…)

The Conversation Junction

By the time high school is over, you are expected to metamorphosize into young adults and determine the necessary “course of action” as far as your career prospects are concerned. This, when in fact, whether you will leap ahead or lag behind depends largely on your ability to cope with the immense amount of pressure from various quarters. The immediate family always has a “plan” to impose upon you and your friends are as clueless as you! Amidst all the commotion, if you take up a stream that you believe will leverage your ambitions and aid your prospects in the field of law and public policy, you may often feel at sea, as you don’t know where and when to start and how to furnish a well thought out plan of action that will lead you in the right direction. (more…)

Dovetailing Livelihood with Literacy

By Annapurna Sinharay, Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

Karl Marx vilified the education system as an instrument in the hands of the evil capitalists to train a pliant labour force. However, the widespread unemployment plaguing the country today has reduced the system to one of a much benign nature, hopefully to Marx’s liking. Among the many reasons behind this unemployment is the growing mismatch between skills (owing to education) and occupations. As India marches towards evolving into a ‘knowledge economy’, it becomes increasingly imperative to focus on imparting skills relevant to the upcoming economic environment. The discrepancy between skills and employment is particularly acute in the inaccessible terrains of the country, specifically the hilly regions. This article dives deep into the problem and explores possible solutions for it. (more…)

The Policy Troupe: Almora Deliberation

As a developing nation, we are often grappling with myriad problems and multiple challenges that our governance structures alone aren’t equipped to resolve. This is why it becomes imperative that the citizens engage, ideate and deliberate on change that they seek, as it will not only encourage proactive citizenry but will also help attain effective and impactful solutions.

At LexQuest, a Research and Educational Organisation, based out of Delhi, we intend to stir and awaken the change seekers and change makers amongst you. Since we firmly believe that effective policy formulation is crucial to shift the paradigm, when it comes to our most ignominious failings as a nation, we are committed to facilitate the learning curve for you, as far as policy analysis, assessment and awareness is concerned. (more…)

Of Law and Policy…

By Tanya Chandra, Founder, LexQuest Foundation.

At LexQuest, we have come to believe that thus far, our most well received articles are the ones which are purely legal in nature, and delve deeper into various facets of a certain aspect of law alone. Now, we know fully well that the dearth of good legal literature has always been an issue. So, if our law centric pieces serve as the means to make this landscape even slightly better, through the much needed ingenuity of a legal write-up, we are glad to be of use.

However, when it comes to the law and policy interface, where we set out to spread awareness in the space of policy implications of a law and/or vice versa, people aren’t too enthusiastic about this knowledge base.I believe that the interface between law and policy is something we all often misconstrue or only understand in fractional terms. However, if we dig a little deeper, as a matter of fact, any policy can only come to fruition, when laws are in place for the same. Therefore it’s not that “good policy” alone can define the interlink between law and policy, because our most effective policies along with the most ill-conceived ones, originate only through our laws. (Think DBT Schemes vis-a-vis the idea of Welfare State, think Aadhar vis-a-vis Right to Privacy, think Swachha Bharat vis-a-vis Right to Life, think Social Security Schemes vis-a-vis the Preamble, et al.).

I wonder, if and when the aforementioned occurs as the most obvious fact and/or revelation to one and all, why the ignorance and apathy towards making room for this interface? Which section of our people is duty bound to understand, analyse and question the policies that serve as a crucial medium for us to assess the legislators’ intentions and abilities? Do the Legal Professionals deem such information invaluable as they don’t often need it at work? Does our reluctance spring from the belief that such interface is the breeding ground for mud-slinging and hence an utter waste of time?

Either way I think we are selling ourselves short here. If you believe that dwelling upon this space for any longer than what can afford you a Social Media comment/like, is unnecessary, I would say let’s rewind and play. Probably your Sixth grade Civics book amazed you a bit more than that, when you were told for the first time (out and about by your teacher) that India is the largest democracy in the world and that our Republic’s reputation for “free and fair” elections is a case study for many.

May be remembering that gawky eyed child, could reinvigorate the adult in you so, that the next time you want to shrug off a well intended piece of writing in the domain of law and policy, you would instead find a reason to pause and ponder. Because, even as the vox populi turns questionable, voices need not vanish.

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