Event Information


Event Date: 02 Feb To 03 Feb 2019; Time: 10am - 6pm
Venue: Shofar Conference Centre, Gurugram

 Politics of Development or POD | 2019

Politics of Development - Hyderabad | 16th -17th March 2019
You can register and find more details about PoD Hyderabad here

About the Program

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.

Apply Now!


DAY 0 | 01 February 2019

  • 18:00 - 22:00 | Registration, Speed Networking and Introduction to the course

DAY 1 | 02 February 2019 | Politics of Poverty

  • 09:00 - 10:30 | Open hours with Mentors: Discussion on Pre-work
  • 10:30 - 11:00 | Break
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Activity
  • 11:30 - 13:00 | Is there Really a Culture of Poverty in India?
    This session explores how poverty is not a result of people being tardy or unambitious but rather the result of bad policies which attack their economic freedom and property rights.
  • 13:00 - 14:30 | Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00 | Once Upon a Time in 1991
    This session delves into India's experience with socialism and how it created a rent-seeking society with rampant corruption. As consumers, citizens werdenied goods. As producers, entrepreneurs were denied the ability to produce.
  • 16:00 - 16:30 | Break
  • 16:30 - 19:00 | To Regulate or Not to Regulate
    This session discusses how liberalisation opened the economy and lifted millions out of poverty, but did not go far enough. Many quarters were left untouched and continue to suffer under the old system of state permits. At the same time, cronyism thrives in the state-controlled sectors of the economy and bad regulations continue to thwart our development.
  • 19:00 - 20:30 | Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 | Political corruption: Authority plus Monopoly minus Transparency
    This session explores why political parties often recruit candidates with criminal backgrounds and citizens vote for 'strongmen' politicians who are looked up to as Robin Hood figures.
  • 22:00 - 22:30 | Open Hour with Mentors

DAY 2 | 03 February 2019 | Politics of Prosperity

  • 09:00 - 09:40 | Activity
  • 09:40 - 11:30 | How Can We Disrupt the Political Marketplace?
    This sessions advances increasing political competition through federalism and bringing in campaign finance reform as two possible solutions to increase governmental accountability.
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Break
  • 12:00 - 13:15 | Keynote Dialogue with Swaminathan Aiyar
  • 13:15 - 14:15 | Lunch
  • 14:15 - 15:30 | Lifting Barriers for Ease of Earning a Living
    This session debunks how India's big government is hardly a check on big business. Instead, rampant state regulation reduces competition and increases costs of compliance for entrepreneurs making it harder for them to earn a living.
  • 15:30 - 16:00 | Open Hour with Mentors
  • 16:00 - 17:30 | How good a solution is welfare?
    This session argues that given the widespread poverty and rising inequality, redistribution of wealth and government welfare schemes may seem to be the obvious short-term solutions. But limiting attention only to these policies is likely to undermine the very process that has lifted millions out of poverty
  • 17:30 - 18:00 | Activity
  • 18:00 - 18:30 | Wrap-Up and Graduation

Apply Now!


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'.

Mohit Satyanand

Mohit Satyanand is an entrepreneur, consultant, investor, and policy wonk. After an M.A. from Delhi School of Economics, he joined Hindustan Lever as a management trainee, moving 4 years later to Delhi Flour Mills, where he established India's first successful snack food brand, Crax. In 1989, he co-founded Teamwork Films, which now produces several of India's most prestigious arts festivals, including the Jaipur Literary Festival, and annual festivals in Singapore, South Africa, Europe, and North America.

Barun Mitra

Barun is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, 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.

Apply Now!

Join the Two Day Residential Course in Public Policy

Application deadline: 27th January 2019

Apply Now!

Fee includes food, accommodation, transport from Huda City Centre to the venue on first and last day, and learning material.