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.



‘The primacy of the elected’

July 10, 2019

CLPR associate Mathew Idiculla writes for the Hindu about argues that the rights of a legislative assembly of a Union Territory should be seen as an integral element of federalism and that the Supreme Court should affirm the primacy of the elected government.

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Will nationalist card be enough for NDA to retain power?

April 13, 2019

CLPR Research Consultant Mathew Idiculla asks, will the nationalist card be enough for the NDA to retain power? Writing for the Deccan Chronicle, he looks at whether Bengaluru voters will be prioritize national or local issues when deciding whom to vote for.

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Rahul Gandhi wants to directly elect mayors. But is it a workable idea for India?

April 4, 2019

CLPR Research Consultant Mathew Idiculla analyses Rahul Gandhi’s plan to directly elect mayors. He asks, ‘is it a workable idea for India?’ On Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, the Rahul Gandhi released the Congress Manifesto. He wants to introduce a system that directly elects mayors to provide leadership that builds ‘real smart cities’.

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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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