Mathew Idiculla

Research Associate

Mathew Idiculla is a Research Consultant at CLPR where he focuses on urban law and policy work. He graduated with a B.A., LL.B. from School of Law, Christ University and worked at the School of Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University from 2012 to 2016. He has also been a researcher in the project “Global Suburbanism” housed at York University, Toronto.

Mathew’s research interests are in the intersection of law, politics and policy, particularly in the following areas: Constitutional and Political History of India; Comparative Constitutional Design; Theories of State and Governance; Federalism and Decentralisation in India; Urban Governance and Policy; Local Government Law and Critical Urban Studies.

Mathew has widely researched and engaged with Bangalore’s urban governance issues for many years and helped in framing the proposed legal and governance architecture of the city government under the 2015 Report of the Expert Committee on BBMP Restructuring. Along with academic and policy research, he organises a discussion forum on urban issues and writes regularly on various public concerns in newspapers, magazines and online publications.



CBI does not need to be saved from Narendra Modi. It needs to be dismantled

February 14, 2019

CLPR Research Consultant Mathew Idiculla asks, is the CBI an institution worth saving? Writing in the Scroll, he traces the historical origins of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the concerns over its legal validity, and growing public distrust, to argue that CBI is one institution that does not deserve to be “saved”.

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Local Government Elections in Rajasthan: “Let the grassroots breathe”

January 11, 2019

Centre for Law and Policy Research Consultant Mathew Idiculla writes on local government elections in Rajasthan for The Hindu. He discusses the minimum educational qualification criteria in Rajasthan’s local body polls.

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Maharashtra has boldly expanded NOTA, with Haryana following suit. Will it pass legal scrutiny?

November 26, 2018

The State Election Commissions of Maharashtra and Haryana recently ruled that if the NOTA option receives the…

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Comments on the Karnataka Budget: Urban Development and Infrastructure

February 13, 2019

On February 8, 2018, Chief Minster H.D. Kumaraswamy presented the Karnataka state budget for the financial year 2019-20. In this short comment in Prajavani, Mathew Idiculla analyses the urban development and infrastructure components of the state budget. He argues that though there are no trailblazing ideas on urban development in this budget, an overall emphasis on sustainability and public transportation is positive. The proposals for a “Bengaluru Mobility Scheme” and a “Parking Rules and Implementation Policy” are particularly noteworthy.

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Constitutional Local Government @ 25 | The Future of Urban Governance in India | Agenda

December 5, 2018

Constitutional Local Government @ 25 The Future of Urban Governance in India Centre for Law…

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Presentation at the IGSSS National Roundtable – “Looking Back at 25 years: A Review of the 74th Amendment”

November 13, 2018

(Mathew Idiculla gave a talk on 12th November 2018 at UTC on the 74th Amendment…

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