Conceiving the Delhi Assembly Research Centre (DARC)

Conceiving the Delhi Assembly Research Centre (DARC)

Not many think-tanks, especially those a little over a year old, can claim to have played a pivotal role in the creation of an existing government institution, that too in its first few months of existence, but CFPS has been instrumental in the establishment of the Delhi Assembly Research Centre (DARC), the first-of-its-kind research service at the provincial level in India, inspired by the Congressional Research Service of the U.S. Congress. The idea was mooted by CFPS to Mr. Somnath Bharti, Member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, who put forth the proposal in the Assembly in a landmark speech on _. Once the idea was approved, during the development stage of the institution of DARC, CFPS members Karmanye Thadani and Milinda Sengupta also met with the Hon’ble Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Mr. Ram Niwas Goel, in the Legislative Assembly premises, and recommended some additional suggestions to the draft proposal. DARC, so long as it exists, bears testament to the CFPS contribution to policy-making.

 

Karmanye Thadani

Karmanye Thadani

An alumnus of Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Karmanye has studied summer course(s) in International Human Rights Law from the Oxford University and London School of Economics. He secured a gold medal in his master’s degree in International Relations from the Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University Sonipat. He has worked in eminent public policy think-tanks and has also contributed articles to reputed journals and media portals like the Times of India and Tehelka. He has co-authored several acclaimed books such as ‘India and China: Negotiating Spaces in the Narratives’; ‘Onslaughts on Free Speech in India by Means of Unwarranted Film Bans’; and ‘Women and Sport in India and the World: Examining the History and Suggesting Policy Reforms’. He has also appeared on the news channel Times Now in the ‘Youth Parliament’ debate on Foreign Policy, alongside luminaries such as G. Parthasarthy, Brahma Chellaney and Maroof Raza.