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It’s Time To Fill ’em Up

The growing industry of serious thought will push India up in the global rankings.

It’s Time To Fill ’em Up
It’s Time To Fill ’em Up
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The appointment of Ajit Doval as NSA, Arvind Gupta as his deputy and Suresh Prabhu and Jayant Sinha as Union ministers has put the spotlight on think-tanks in India. Doval was director of the VIF. Gupta was director general of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). Prabhu and Sinha were on the board of the India Foundation. Though non-partisan IDSA is one of India’s oldest, the VIF is a newbie, just five years old, about the same vintage as India Foundation; both begun with a BJP affiliation.

Suddenly, the think-tank space in India has come alive, and it’s better late than never. Think-tanks provide scholarly inputs to governments and the pub­lic on issues of national interest. They exist for the public good, incubating new ideas, tested by public debate, and often adopted as policy. They house experts, typically PhDs, who spend all their time on a particular subject­—budget economics, Rus­­sia studies, or N-power. Reaching within think-tanks for advisors and policy is not new—in India or abr­oad. But India has...

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