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Co-Founder, PRS Legislative Research
Podcast host

Date & Time

Tue, 12 May 2020


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

M.R. Madhavan, President of PRS Legislative Research, talks to host Pavan Srinath about how the Indian State and Union legislatures have been missing in action during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the UK, New Zealand and other democracies have had an active legislature, the Indian parliament was not addressing the pandemic until the lockdown, and has not acted since. Madhavan suggests how India can pass new laws, oversee the executive and carry out its constitutional role during the ongoing pandemic.

MR Madhavan is the President and Co-Founder of PRS Legislative Research, one of India’s most unique and impactful think-tanks. PRS tracks the functioning of the Indian Parliament and works with MPs across political parties and MLAs from various states. PRS provides research support to legislators via analysis of legislative issues, by providing fellowships to research assistants and more.

During COVID-19, PRS has been tracking over 4,000 government orders and rules till date across State and Union levels on their website. Visit https://prsindia.org/covid-19/ for more.


M R Madhavan

Co-Founder, PRS Legislative Research
Madhavan co-founded PRS and is currently its President.
Prior to starting PRS, Madhavan was based in Singapore covering currency and interest rate markets as Principal and Senior Strategist for the Asia region for Bank of America. He started his career with ICICI Securities in Mumbai in the equity research group and later headed interest rates research. He is a Fellow (doctorate) from IIM Calcutta, MBA from IIM Calcutta and holds a B. Tech degree from IIT Madras. In 2010, Madhavan was selected as a Chevening Gurukul Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Pavan Srinath

Podcast host