India’s think tanks have come of age. As complexities of governance and policy-making in India increase, the need for specialised domain expertise, independent of government, has become real and necessary, and the Indian think tanks have begun to find their voice and role.

India is home to 612 think tanks and five of them feature in the “Top Global Go-To Think Tank Index 2020” – prepared by the University of Pennsylvania. ThePrint delves deep into reasons for the rise in visibility and impact of these institutions in shaping the public discourse of the recent past.

Down To Earth brings you a fascinating story of poachers turning protectors of migratory birds in Odisha’s Chilika Lake, inspired by the sensitisation efforts of the Wildlife department and civil society groups.

Khabar Lahariya uses illustrations and graphics to tell the story of the high drop-out rate among school students in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, while Mojo Story reports on UP’s initiative of ‘mohalla classes’, where teachers visit and teach students of the deprived communities, who do not have access to online classes, to ensure that they are not left behind.

And, The Citizen discusses the relationship between the police and the citizen which is often marked by a lack of trust, and seen to be even adversarial. It examines the measures needed to turn India’s police into a citizen’s force.

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More visible & vocal — India’s homegrown think tanks are booming, influencing debate & policy

India’s expanding global footprint, the need for domain expertise in governance, beyond the acumen of the Indian bureaucracy, has increasingly resulted in a “culture of translating research into public dialogue” and the consequent rise in the visibility and efficacy of think tanks. ThePrint analyses.

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How some poachers became protectors of birds in villages around Chilika

Down To Earth reports how, about 400 residents from 20 villages around Odisha’s Chilika Lake, most of whom were former hunters, have now turned guardians of the very migratory birds they hunted.

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उच्च ड्रॉपआउट दर का क्या कारण है? शिक्षा, पहुँच और युवा, एक नए सफर की ओर… || KhabarLahariya

Through innovative animation, Khabar Lahariya illustrates the reasons behind the increasing drop-outs among school children in UP and Bihar – poverty, early marriages and poor orientation to importance of education among parents.

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Mohalla Classes | UP's Novel Initiative For Students Unable To Do Online Schooling | COVID

To help students without access to online classes, UP has initiated ‘Mohalla Classes’, where the teachers visit the locality of the students and take offline classes. Mojo Story reports from the ground.

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Off Limits With Seema Mustafa| Police V/S People

The Citizen goes into the relationship between the police and the citizen and talks to one of the key protagonists of police reforms in India to decode what ails Indian law enforcement.

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