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India’s Enduring Urban Housing Shortage: The Case for Upgrading Informal Settlements
Urbanisation in India | Urbanisation Jul 23, 2023

India’s Enduring Urban Housing Shortage: The Case for Upgrading Informal Settlements

In 2015, the Indian government launched the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) as a response to the perennial challenge of shortage in urban housing. As of June 2021, 11.2 million houses have been sanctioned under PMAY-U, of which 4.8 million have been completed. However, various ...

Maritime India: The Quest for a Steadfast Identity
Indian Ocean | Maritime Security | Maritime Infrastructure Jul 23, 2023

Maritime India: The Quest for a Steadfast Identity

India’s geography lends itself favourably to the cultivation and expansion of maritime ties. Yet, for much of the country’s contemporary history, the country has overlooked these opportunities. As the world reengages with its vast ocean spaces, India too, has become more willing and capable of ...

India-US Defence Relations: In Search of a Direction
International Affairs | Defence and Security Jul 23, 2023

India-US Defence Relations: In Search of a Direction

The strong reactions to the non-inclusion of American firms in a major Indian military procurement tender, in the backdrop of proposed aggressive weapons sales by the Americans, paint a contrasting picture that could influence India-US defence relations in the near future. This Paper looks at ...

Japan and ASEAN: Changing Security Dynamics
International Affairs | Defence and Security | Multilateralism | Maritime Security Jul 23, 2023

Japan and ASEAN: Changing Security Dynamics

Southeast Asia has been one of the key components of Japan's foreign policy in the post-Cold War period. It is one region where Japan's diplomacy has accomplished considerable success in coming to terms with the challenges posed by the legacies of the Second World War. ...

Oil Supply Routes in the Asia Pacific: China’s Strategic Calculations
International Affairs | China Foreign Policy | Energy Security Jul 23, 2023

Oil Supply Routes in the Asia Pacific: China’s Strategic Calculations

This Paper examines the existing critiques of China's oil supply diversification strategies in the Asia Pacific. It deconstructs the growing energy relationship between China and the Middle East that has made the security of the Hormuz Strait and the Malacca Strait vital to China's energy ...

Understanding Jihadism in Pakistan
International Affairs | Neighbourhood Jul 23, 2023

Understanding Jihadism in Pakistan

Pakistan is often accused of being a state sponsor of terrorism. This article bases itself in the belief that though the problem of ?Jihadism? may well have originated from some of Pakistan?s security paranoias, it is now assuming proportions far larger than Pakistan itself. At ...

Indo-US Agricultural Cooperation From “Green” to “Evergreen” Revolution?
International Affairs | Economic Diplomacy | Agriculture Jul 23, 2023

Indo-US Agricultural Cooperation From “Green” to “Evergreen” Revolution?

India and the US are poised to expand agricultural cooperation with the hope of bringing about a "Second Green Revolution" in India. Cooperation in this area would, however, need to take into account the interests of Indian farmers as well as issues related to bio-diversity ...

Debate on Space Code of Conduct: An Indian Perspective
International Affairs | Space | Indian Defence Jul 23, 2023

Debate on Space Code of Conduct: An Indian Perspective

As the debate for a Space Code of Conduct gains momentum, there is a need to frame a code that is acceptable to all space-faring nations. This Paper assesses the concerns of Asian countries, especially India, on the code proposed by the European Union ...

The Creation of South Sudan: Prospects and Challenges
International Affairs | Energy Jul 23, 2023

The Creation of South Sudan: Prospects and Challenges

This paper seeks to assess the present challenges that exist for South Sudan through an understanding of the historical narrative of the Sudanese state. ...

The Search for a Model Land Legislation: The New Land Bill and its Challenges
Domestic Politics and Governance | Indian Economy | Economic Reforms Jul 23, 2023

The Search for a Model Land Legislation: The New Land Bill and its Challenges

While the draft Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2011 makes a genuine push for a better land acquisition regime in the country, the proposed legislation fails on many fronts to address some of the vexed issues related to land acquisition. This Paper looks ...

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Soumya Bhowmick

Soumya Bhowmick

Soumya Bhowmick is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy at the Observer Research Foundation. His research focuses on sustainable development and globalisation economics. He is pursuing his PhD and holds a double master’s degree in economics ...

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Sreeparna Banerjee

Sreeparna Banerjee is a Junior Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation Kolkata with the Strategic Studies Programme.

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