Richard Melson

February 2006

Centre for Policy Research India

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

is an autonomous institution and a think tank.

The CPR is one of the 27 national social science research institutes recognised by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Government of India. CPR was established with the objective of studying major policy issues before the nation to help develop a body of knowledge about policy making, and suggest alternative policy options - a task which it has done with considerable success since its inception.

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) was established in 1973 as a non profit Society in Delhi. The CPR is an autonomous institution and has been established with the objective of studying major policy issues before the nation and suggesting alternative policy options. The CPR conceives of its larger role as one of contributing to the clarification of the continuing national debate on the present and future development of the Indian society.

The CPR works in close cooperation with policy makers both political and administrative, academic policy researchers and the media. It seeks to bring together on each issue, the key policy actors, namely, politicians, policy thinkers, and administrators.

The CPR has been involved in several important policy making exercises in political, economic and social fields.

By its very character the CPR is designed to promote highly focussed research on the short, medium and long term policy problems.

Main Objectives

The main objectives of the Centre for Policy Research are:

to develope substantive policy options and through them the improvement of policy making and management;

to carry out policy studies of various sectors of the polity, economy and society with a view to promoting national development;

to provide advisory services to Government, public bodies or any other institution including international agencies on matters having a bearing on performance, optimum use of national resources for social and economic development; and

to disseminate information on policy issues through publication of journals, reports, pamphlets and other literature and research papers and books.

Governing Board (As on 02.08.2004):

Mr. P K Dave
Chairman, Former Lt. Governor of Delhi and Former Ambassador of India to EEC C-14 Paschimi Marg Vasant Vihar New Delhi - 110 057

Dr. Sanjaya Baru
Member, Media Advisor to PM Prime Minister Office South Block New Delhi 110 011 Dr.

(Mrs.) Sneh Bhargava
Member, Former Director All India Institute of Medical Sciences A-103, New Friends Colony New Delhi - 110 065

Mr. Subodh Bhargava
Member, A-15/1, DLF City, Phase - I Gurgaon - 122001

Mr. Eric Gonsalves
Member, C-52 IFS Coop. Grp. Housing Society Mayur Vihar, Phase-I Delhi - 110 091 Dr.

(Ms.) Meenakshi Gopinath
Member, Principal Lady Sri Ram College for Women New Delhi - 110 024

Prof. P V Indiresan
Member, Former Director Indian Institute of Technology Madras B-57 Hillview Apartments Vasant Vihar New Delhi - 110 057

Mr. Nimesh Kampani
Member, Chairman JM Morgan Stanley Pvt. Ltd. 141, Maker Chambers III Nariman Point Mumbai - 400021

Mrs. Vibha Parthasarathi
Member, Ist Floor Building No. B-260 Greater Kailash - I New Delhi - 110 048

Mr. D A Prasanna
Member, Executive Chairman Manipal Education & Medical Group Manipal Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. No. 14, Century Towers Airport Road, Kodihallihal - II stage Bangalore - 560 008

Mrs. Krishna Singh
Member, Former Member-Secretary National Commission on Population Government of India C-1/41 Bapa Nagar New Delhi - 110 003

Mr. K C Sivaramakrishnan
Member, Former Secretary Ministry of Urban Development Government of India 24 Aradhana Sector 13 R K Puram New Delhi - 110 066

Dr. Arvind Virmani
Member, Director Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relation (ICRIER) Core VI A 4th Floor India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road New Delhi 110 003

Dr. Charan D Wadhva
Member-Secretary (upto 31.07.2004 A.N.) President Centre for Policy Research Dharma Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110 021

Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Member-Secretary (w.e.f. 31.07.2004 A.N.) President Centre for Policy Research Dharma Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110 021

Recent Working/Occasional Papers:


By R Rangachari

Centre for Policy Research; 34 pp.

The Bhakra-Nangal multipurpose project is among the earliest water resource development projects undertaken by Independent India. Though the main objectives were stated as irrigation and power generation, it has rendered several other incidental and indirect benefits, too. It has already bestowed immense benefits, far beyond the project expectations, to the region and Nation for the last five decades. In April 2005 the Manthan Adhyayan Kendra (MAK), headed by Sripad Dharmadhikary, published a book titled 'Unravelling Bhakra'. This is very highly critical of the project. This paper presents a critique on the MAK publication. It brings out that the MAK book is neither a fair nor complete evaluation of all aspects of the project. The comments made by MAK are not backed by requisite justifications.

Available in: DOC

Publication: 2005

Indus Treaty: A Different View

By Ramaswamy R Iyer

Centre for Policy Research; 17 pp.

This paper presents to the readers an understanding of the Indus Waters Treaty 1960 that is somewhat different from the generally prevalent view, and to show that differences such as those relating to the Baglihar and other projects are the inevitable outcome of, and are almost built into, the Treaty. The density of technical detail in the Treaty provides ample opportunities for differences among engineers. Further, though the Treaty did resolve the water-sharing issue, it created a potentially adversarial situation in relation to the Indian use of the western rivers. The location of projects in J & K adds a further political dimension to the differences. However, a re-negotiation of the Treaty is fraught with serious difficulties. It might be better to leave things as they are, and hope that with improving political relations a more reasonable and constructive spirit will prevail in the future than in the past. That applies to both sides.

Available in: PDF

Publication: 2005

Public Policy Making In India: Issues and Remedies

By T V Somanathan & O P Agarwal

Centre for Policy Research, 28 pp.

Public policy-making in India has frequently been characterized by a failure to anticipate needs, impacts, or reactions which could have reasonably been foreseen, thus impeding economic development. Policies have been reversed or changed more frequently than warranted by exogenous changes or new information. This paper is concerned with why India's policy-making structures have so much difficulty in formulating the "right" policy and then sticking to it. It goes on to ask, and make a modest beginning in answering, the question of what can be done to improve the structures and systems involved in the making of public policy in India

Available in: PDF

Publication: 2005

Restoring Peace and Democracy to Nepal: The challenges Ahead

By Centre for Policy Research

Report on CPR Symposium held on August 12, 2005

Available in: PDF

Publication: 2005

Water in South Asia: A Tour D'Horizon

By Ramaswamy R Iyer

Centre for Policy Research; 52 pp.

Available in: PDF

Publication: 2005

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February 28, 2006