Monday, March 28, 2016


  1. Crime, Gender and Society in India: Insights from homicide data, Population and Development Review, Volume 30, No. 2, 2000. With Jean Drèze.
  2. Monitoring Disclosures, Seminar, February 2004.
  3. Bringing Grassroots Democracy to Life: The MKSS Campaign in the Rajasthan Panchayat Elections, Economic and Political Weekly, 19 February, 2005. Commentary.
  4. Mid-Day Meals in Primary Schools: Achievements and Challenges, Economic and Political Weekly, 18 November, 2006. Perspectives.
  5. Political Economy of State Response to Drought, Economic and Political Weekly, 16 December, 2006. Special Article.
  6. The State of India’s Children (with Jean Drèze and Sudha Narayanan), Indian Journal of Human Development, Volume 1, No. 2, July-December, 2007.
  7. Empowerment Guarantee Act, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43 (No. 35), 30 August – 5 September, 2008. Commentary.
  8. Access to the Targeted Public Distribution System: A Case Study in Rajasthan, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43 (No. 44), 1-7 November, 2008. Special Article.
  9. Self-Targeting on Employment Programmes, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 51, No. 2, 2008.
  10. Starvation Deaths and “Primitive Tribal Groups, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43 (No. 52), 27 December – 2 January, 2008. Commentary.
  11. Right to Food: Beyond Cheap Promises, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 44 (No. 29) 18 July, 2009. Insight.
  12. Women Workers and their Perceptions of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 44 (No. 43), 24 October, 2009. With Nandini Nayak. Special Article.
  13. The BPL Census and A Possible Alternative, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 45 (No. 9), 27 February, 2010. With Jean Drèze. Special Article.
  14. The UID Project and Social Welfare, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 46, No. 9. 2011. Perspectives.
  15. India's Public Distribution System: Utlization and Impact, Journal of Development Studies, Vol 47, No. 3, pp. 1-23, 2011.
  16. Trends in Diversion of Grain from the Public Distribution System, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 46, No. 26, 21 May, 2011. Special Article.
  17. Revival of the Public Distribution System: Evidence and Explanations, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 46, No. 44-45, November, 2011. Special Article.
  18. Food Security Act: One Step Forward, One Step Back?, Seminar, No. 634, 2012.
  19. A Cost-Benefit Analysis of UID, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 48, No. 5, 2 February, 2013. Commentary.
  20. Rural Poverty and the Public Distribution System, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 48, No 45&46, 16 November, 2013. With Jean Drèze. Special Article.
  21. UID project: Does Evidence Matter, Yojana, July 2014. [Full version of I4I article]
  22. Cash vs. In-kind Transfers: Indian Data Meets Theory, Food Policy, 46, pp. 116-128 , 2014.
  23. Understanding Leakages in the Public Distribution System, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No., February 2015. With Jean Dreze. Insight.
  24. UID: From Inclusion to Exclusion  Seminar, August 2015
  25. Clarification on PDS Leakages, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 50, No. 39. With Jean Dreze, Himanshu and Abhijit Sen. Discussion.
  26. Food Security: Bihar on the Move, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No. 34. With Jean Dreze and Jessica Pudussery. Special Article.
  1. Popular articles
  2. मजदूरों के हक में मनरेगा, Amar Ujala, 4 February, 2016.
  3. Digging holes, filling them up, Indian Express, 3 February, 2016.
  4. For NREGA, Tamil Nadu is the only hope",, 2 February, 2016.
  5. Community kitchens: An idea whose time has come,, 22 January 2016.
  6. The Right(s) Perspective on Populism, Business Today, 17 January, 2016.
  7. Child Development: Kerala tops, Gujarat flops, Bihar hops, NDTV 24x7 | बाल विकास - केरल टॉप, गुजरात फ्लॉप, बिहार हिट NDTV India, 18 November 2015. With Jean Drèze.Child Development: How are Indian states faring?" Ideas for India.
  8. PDS in Bihar, The Road Ahead Live Mint, 3 November, 2015.
  9. A Nobel for the idea of well-being, The Hindu, 17 October, 2015. Against the tide: Deaton's economics" Ideas for India.
  10. गरीबी के बारे में डीटन ने बढ़ाई है अर्थशास्त्र की समझ, Outlook Hindi, 15 October, 2015.
  11. Five Myths About Aadhaar, Outlook, 18 September, 2015.
  12. Thought for Food खाद्य सुरक्षा: सुधर सकते हैं फिसड्डी राज्यों के भी हालात Outlook, 21 August, 2015. With Jean Dreze.
  13. आधार: ज़िंदगी में तांकझांक का तर्क कितना सही?, BBC Hindi, 17 August, 2015.
  14. गरीबी से जंग के भोथरे हथियार, Amar Ujala, 31 July, 2015.
  15. Nurture Mission, Frontline, 24 July, 2015. With Rajkishor Mishra.
  16. Seven reasons why India needs eggs,, 10 June, 2015.
  17. Eggs and Prejudice, Indian Express, 6 June, 2015.
  18. And the Unique Identification juggernaut keeps rolling, The Wire, 3 June, 2015.
  19. नकद हस्तांतरण से क्या हो पाएगी खाद्य सुरक्षा, Amar Ujala, 26 April 2015.
  20. Whose Bharat is it?, Outlook, March 2015.
  21. Ending the APL Scam , LiveMint, 3 March, 2015. With Jean Dreze.
  22. The Meaning of Vikas , Outlook, February 2015.
  23. Fiscal Attention Deficit, HuffPost, February, 2015.
  24. Kaise Pahuche Garibon Tak Anaaj, Amar Ujala, February 2015.
  25. Social Welfare: India is trailing among the BRICS , The BRICS Post, 1 December, 2014.
  26. The Whys and Whats of NREGA,, 4 November, 2014 | मनरेगा से क्या है मोदी को दिक्कत?, BBC Hindi, 25 November.
  27. 'विकास मॉडलों' के बीच ओडिशा से सबक, BBC Hindi, 17 November, 2014. With Jean Dreze and Rajkishor Mishra.
  28. माई-बाप सरकार' की वापसी, Amar Ujala, 15 October. | Mai-Baap Sarkar Returns,
  29. Bitter Pill to Swallow, Indian Express, 2 September, 2014.
  30. The Hills Aim Higher, Outlook, 24 August, 2014. | हिमाचल को भी देखिए, Amar Ujala, 14 July, 2014.
  31. मेरे गुजरात की कहानी, Amar Ujala | Growing up in Gujarat, NDTV, 8 April, 2014.
  32. UID project: Does Evidence matter?, Ideas for India, 5 February, 2014.
  33. सामाजिक सुरक्षाः अपने ही क़ानून मरोड़ती सरकार, BBC Hindi, 19 November, 2013.
  34. Do Government Schemes Ever work?, Yahoo News 22 October.
  35. A Welcome Intervention, Deccan Herald, 29 September, 2013.
  36. Five Misconceptions about the Food Security Bill, Reprinted in LiveMint, 8 August, 2013. Ideas for India version.
  37. The Devil is in the detail, The Hindu, 6 August. | व्यक्ति नहीं परिवार अहम, Amar Ujala, 3 August, 2013
  38. Don't crunch this lunch, Times of India, 21 July, 2013. Hindi translation published in Dainik Jagran.
  39. Food Security is Affordable, Hindu Business Line, 14 April, 2013.
  40. Lessons from the East Godavari Pilot, The Hindu, 11 April, 2013.
  41. Cash for Vote, Frontline, Volume 30, No. 4, March 2013. | Malayalam translation, published in Mathrubhumi. | DBT par Sanshay, Hindi translation, published in Rashtriya Sahara, 24 February, 2013
  42. Working Things Out, Hindustan Times, 20 February, 2013.
  43. Is UID Linked Cash Transfer a Good Idea, Business Standard, 10 January, 2013.
  44. Food Security Act: Should the Centre Emulate Chhattisgarh?, Hindu Business Line, 28 December, 2012.
  45. Benefit Transfer or Vote Transfer, Deccan Herald, 16 December, 2012.
  46. Long Road to Cash Transfers, Financial Express, 4 December, 2012.
  47. खरा नहीं है नकद का सौदा, Amar Ujala, 28 November, 2012.
  48. Tamil Nadu's Striking Progress in Welfare , India Together, 10 September, 2012.
  49. A Bill that asks too much of the poor , The Hindu, 5 September, 2012. With Jean Drèze.
  50. Putting Kerala to Work , The Hindu, 1 August.
  51. Experiments with Aadhaar , The Hindu, 27 June 2012, with Jean Drèze and Bharat Bhatti. | Response to the Minister's response, The Hindu, 4 July 2012, with Jean Drèze and Bharat Bhatti.
  52. Adhaar se Kiska Uddhar, Amar Ujala, 28 February 2012
  53. UID: Road to Exclusion?, The New Indian Express, 16 February 2012
  54. Ghere Se Bahar, Amar Ujala, 31 December 2011
  55. Lessons from Brazil , Frontline, 17-30 December 2011
  56. PDS Leakages: The Plot Thickens , The Hindu, 12 August, 2011
  57. Signs of Revival, The Hindu, 12 June, 2011.
  58. Going Against the Grain, Hindustan Times, 27 January, 2011.
  59. Biscuits, Tehelka, Volume 7, Issue 52, December, 2010.
  60. Chhattisgarh Shows the Way, The Hindu, 14 November, 2010. With Jean Drèze.
  61. Not all that Unique, Hindustan Times, 30 September, 2010.
  62. Wages of Delay, Frontline, Volume 27.
  63. Slow but Steady Success, The Hindu, 25 April, 2010. With Karuna Muthiah.
  64. Incentives that work, The Hindu, 10 May, 2009. With Meera Samson and Anuradha De.
  65. Lok Adalat or Joke Adalat, The Hindu, 22 February, 2009. With Jean Drèze.
  66. Pati Experience, Frontline, Volume 26, No. 1, 2009.
  67. Battle for Employment Guarantee, Frontline, Volume 26, No. 1, 2009. With Jean Drèze.
  68. Banned but still there, Frontline, Volume 26, No. 1, 2009. With Jean Drèze.
  69. Rajasthan Way Ahead, Frontline, Volume 26, No. 1, 2009. With Anish Vanaik.
  70. From accounts to accountability, The Hindu, 6 December, 2008. With Jean Drèze
  71. The Black Hole of NREGA Records, Yojana, August, 2008.
  72. Glucose for the Lok Sabha?, Hindustan Times, April 2008. With Jean Drèze.
  73. Rajniti ko Badalti Rozgar Garanty, Hindustan, March 2008. With Jean Drèze.
  74. Corruption in NREGA: Myths and Reality, 22 January, The Hindu, 2008. With Jean Drèze and Siddhartha.
  75. Employment Guarantee and Migration, 18 July, The Hindu, 2006.
  76. India's Right to Food Campaign, Just Change, October 2005.
  77. Beasts in Uniform, Tehelka, 18 June 2005.
  78. Not everybody loves a good drought, The Hindu Magazine, 2 January. With Aruna Roy.
  79. Using your Illusions, Hindustan Times, 18 February, 2004. With Jean Drèze.
  80. Mid-Day Meals in Rajasthan, The Hindu, 13 November, 2002.
  81. Poverty of Policy, Scarcity of Will, The Times of India, 17 May, 2001. With Jean Drèze.
Canada Broadcasting Corporation, on the National Food Security Bill, 2013.
Voice of America, on Mid-day meals, 18 July, 2013.
ICDS and Mid-Day Meals: Who decides the menu?, The Big Picture, RSTV, June 2015.
Sentiment over science , The Buck Stops Here, NDTV 24x7, June 2015.
Reforming NREGA, Charcha Mein, DD News, November 2014.
War on Poverty, The Big Picture, RSTV, October 2014.
Should Modi Government Keep UPA Welfare Schemes, Left, Right, Centre, 14 October 2014.
Whose afraid of the Food Security Bill?, Truth vs. Hype, NDTV 24x7, 2014.
Food Bill: Game Changer?, Left, Right and Centre, NDTV 24x7, 26 Aug, 2013.
Is Malnutrition a Bigger Problem than Hunger?, State of the Nation, CNN-IBN, 14 August, 2013.
Garibi rekha ko lekar ghamasan, Prime Time, NDTV India.
Kya hai garibi ki hakikat, Badi Khabar, NDTV India.
The Hunger Project, Truth vs. Hype, NDTV 24x7.
Is the food security bill a fiscal nightmare?, We Mean Business, NDTV Profit.
Paying out or paying off India’s poor, Inside Story, Al Jazeera, 2 Jan, 2013.
Is the Government prepared for drought?, Big Picture, RSTV, July 2012.
The Republic of Hunger, 101 East, Al Jazeera, May 2012.
De, Anuradha, Khera, Reetika, Kumar, AK Shiva, Samson Meera (2011), PROBE Revisited (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).
Battle for Employment Guarantee (2011), (New Delhi: Oxford University Press). Edited.
Reviews: Gayatri Sahgal, The Book Review;
Rob Jenkins, Realizing the Right to Work, Economic and Political Weekly;
Pradeep Baisakh, "Ground Zero Realities", Governance Now.
Citizen's Initiative for Right of Children Under Six (2006), Focus On Children Under Six, Abridged Report (New Delhi: Right to Food Campaign). Contributor.
Dey, Nikhil, Drèze, Jean and Khera, Reetika (2006), Employment Guarantee: A Primer (New Delhi: National Book Trust).
Chapters in Books
Democratic Politics and Legal Rights, in Sudhir Krishnaswamy and Mihika Tiwari (ed), Oxford University Press. Under review.
India’s Food Security Act: Five Misconceptions, in Rajat Kathuria and Neetika Kaushal Nagpal (ed), Governance and Development: Views from G20 Countries (Springer Verlag). Forthcoming.
Mid-Day Meals in Primary Schools, in (Ed.) (2009), Elementary Education in India: Issues and Challenges (Mussoorie: Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Public Administration). With Jean Drèze.
Mid-Day Meals in Primary Schools: Achievements and Challenges, in Baru, Rama (Ed.) (2008), “School Health in India” (New Delhi: Sage Publications).
Not everybody loves a good drought, with Aruna Roy, in Nirmala Lakshman (2007) Writing A Nation: An Anthology of Indian Journalism (Ed.), (New Delhi: Rupa Publications).
Student Publications
Prankur Gupta, Estimating Kerosene Leakages from the Public Distribution System, Ideas for India, 24 September, 2014.

Rhythm Gupta, Yasoob Haider and Payoj Jain, Chhattisgarh’s Food ATMs: Portable Benefits Minus Biometrics, India Together, 15 September, 2014.