Bharatiya Approach to Policy Research: A Few Insights from Ancient Wisdom
5 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2016
Date Written: January 31, 2016
Welch (1997) in the work titled “Ruling with the heart: Emotion-based public policy” conveyed a very important message. It is by design that any ‘rule’ is said to strong rationale and logic. The objectivity is an essential element for any law or rule. The anthropomorphic representation of the ‘Justice lady’ also conveys the same through a blindfold.
However, this does not imply neglect of the human part especially the emotions, else we do not need human beings in domain of policy making, implementation and judiciary. We could have easily substituted them with artificially intelligent robots, which can remain free of any subjectivity.
At the same time, the policy makers should be free from any biases and prejudices. So, the researcher or scholar who has been entrusted this responsibility in traditional Bharatiya (Indian) approach to policy making is expected to have the expertise to be able to balance both the objectivity and subjectivity needs. This paper draws the insight from traditional wisdom process and pedagogy for development of such a public policy researcher.
Keywords: Policy Research, Pramaan Shastra, Bharat, Indigenous Policy, Indigenous Research, Integrative
JEL Classification: D78, J18, O21
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