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Talk by Srijan Bandyopadhyay on "Why is India Poor?"

Event Date: 15 Mar 2016; Time: 12:50pm - 2:30pm
Venue: Hans raj College, Delhi
Why is India Poor?

This lecture designed by Parth J Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society seeks to:

  1. Debunk perennial myths about the causes of poverty and prosperity, and develop individuals’ ability to use reasons, data, and evidence when thinking about public policy, and;
  2. More fundamentally, convince the participants about an approach to analysing this type of question and gain a pattern of thinking that will help them assess different possible answers to these kinds of questions until they get down to the root causes.

Dharna by NISA & State Associations of Budget Private Schools

Event Date: 24 Feb 2016; Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Venue: Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
Demnostration to Save Education of Choice | 24 February 2016 | 10am-4pm

Opposing school closure by the government on infrastructural grounds and demanding autonomy for Budget Private Schools, ease of opening schools, learning outcome-based regulation and recognition of schools, the National Independent Schools Alliance is organizing a dharna at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, 24 February 2016.

Join us, to show your support and demand Right to Education of Choice!

For more information contact Thomas Antony (+91-84478 67144 | Register here to attend the Dharna.

Launch of

Event Date: 30 Jan 2016; Time: 11:00am -1:00pm
Venue: 1 Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi

To read event report, media coverage, links to the photos click here. Launch on 30 January 2016

To watch live streaming of launch event click here.

To mark the 25th anniversary of India’s economic reforms and to understand how life was before the reforms Centre for Civil Society is launching a portal to crowd source stories from citizens across the nation.

Almost half of India is born after 1991 economic reforms. To make sure that they understand the lessons of history, India Before 1991 will document stories about life under the license raj from across the country. By contrast it will also highlight the impact of the reforms after 1991.

Our panelists for the event are:

  • Mr Jairam Ramesh, Former Minister of Rural Development
  • Dr Arvind Virmani, Economic Mentor, FICCI & Former Chief Economic Advisor, GOI
  • Dr A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI
  • Dr Parth J Shah, Founder President, Centre for Civil Society
  • Mr Praveen Chakravarty, Fellow in Political Economy at IDFC Institute

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is a partner for this project and will be supporting the launch of the portal.

To mark your presence RSVP by filling in this form.

India’s Experience with Central Planning

Event Date: 18 Nov 2015; Time: TBD
Venue: Ashoka University, Delhi

It is often believed that ideas of economic freedom and reforms are “not Indian” and have been imported from the West, under circumstances outside our control (such as the balance of payments crisis necessitating the economic reforms of 1991 at the IMF's behest). What prompted our leaders to adopt Central Planning? And who were the ones who stood against ideas of a planned economy and society? Join us at Ashoka University, Delhi on 18 November for a talk on this topic!

For more information, contact Ujwal Batra ( | +91 99908 81034).

CCS Socials: Alumni Meet (July 2015)

Event Date: 11 Jul 2015; Time: 4.30-6.30pm
Venue: The Tea Centre, Churchgate
CCS Socials

Today our alumni from across over a 100 programs conducted in policy research and training, form a strong cohort of individuals passionate about a society that promotes Choice and Accountability. CCS takes great pride in our extended family! Join us as we meet for a fun, informal gathering over snacks and drinks in the city that never sleeps. Register Now!

Venue: The Tea Centre, Churchgate, 78, Resham Bhavan, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai

To see pictures from our last alumni meeting in Delhi, join our FB group. For more information, contact Sadaf Hussain ( | +91 99531 33868).