Voter Turnout

Spatial Patterns and Voter Turnout

India conducts fair and democratic elections, where voters exercise free will through constitutionally mandated universal adult suffrage.  Voting behaviour and its Voter turnout is closely linked with the attitude of the populace towards voting. It is therefore imperative to understand how the masses respond to voting, which could serve as an impactful indicator to how […]

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state funding of elections

Should the State fund Elections in India?

In the middle of his controversial demonetisation drive in November 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the occasion to call for a national debate to explore the possibility of public funding of elections and political activities in India. The idea of state funding of politics has gained currency internationally. According to the global democracy watchdog […]

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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness in an Increasingly Uncertain World: Aligning Science & Policy

Every year, millions of people around the world are affected by natural or human-made disasters. With the advancement of science and technology, and better management, the number of deaths due to natural disasters is decreasing over the years. However, disasters like earthquake, cyclone, drought and flood are posing serious threats (Below, 2017; Guo, 2010) to […]

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Urban floods

Urbanisation Vs City Floods

The past two decades in India have been witness to recurrent episodes of urban floods. Extreme weather events, coupled with the intensified phase of urbanisation in 2001-11, which has contributed to spatial expansion of urban extents, has greatly increased their frequency (AMRUT, 2017). One can recall the floods that occurred at the beginning of the […]

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Flood Management

Disasters in India: Flood Management

Flooding occurs most commonly from heavy rainfall, when natural watercourses lack the capacity to convey excess water. It can also result from other phenomena, particularly in coastal areas, by a storm surge associated with a tropical cyclone, a tsunami or a high tide. Dam failure, triggered by an earthquake, for instance, will lead to flooding […]

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Disaster Phases

Breaking the Notion of Disaster Phases

Disaster risk management (DRM) is an evolving discipline. In this evolution, it is perhaps at a stage where environmental management was 20 years ago and the field of development economics some 60 years ago. In the theoretical construct of DRM, the notion of ‘disaster cycle’, marked by separate disaster phases has been widely in use […]

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