Praveen Kishore

Praveen Kishore is an Indian civil servant by profession, a development economist by training and passion, and a keen researcher who has handled a variety of development administration and policy assignments with federal and state governments in India. Kishore has advance degrees in economics, management and public policy from Harvard, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and Banaras Hindu University. A bibliophile and voracious reader, he is also engaged in research and writing and has published in reputed journals and magazines on diverse issues, such as social and human development, public health, political economy and governance challenges, and policies in public organizations.

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

Jun 25, 2019

The notion of purity and pollution underpins personal habits, social mores, public health challenges and India’s resilient caste system. This is the last of a three-part series.  This final piece of a three-part series examines the Indian psyche and how it effects society and everyday lives. It goes on to analyze how this peculiar psyche … Continue reading "Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste"

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene

Jun 14, 2019

More than constructing toilets, India needs to change the way its people think, behave and act when it comes to personal and public hygiene. This is the second of a three-part series. Indians have some of the most elaborate cleaning rituals in the world. It has roots in a peculiarly Indian sense of hygiene. At … Continue reading "Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste"

How Do Indians Clean Their Bottoms?

May 29, 2019

The seemingly simple act of cleaning bottoms reveals invaluable insights about the Indian psyche’s fixation with purity and pollution. This is the first of a three-part series. Understanding how Indians clean their bottoms demands a deeper examination of Indian culture. It requires an analysis of the notion of purity and pollution in the Indian mind. … Continue reading "Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste"