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Indian federalism and health systems’ resilience amid COVID-19
Healthcare Aug 05, 2022

Indian federalism and health systems’ resilience amid COVID-19

Although Centre-state cooperation is crucial for Indian federalism, the competition amongst them cannot be discounted

Displacement and surveillance of sex workers in India
Gender | Law and Justice Jul 29, 2022

Displacement and surveillance of sex workers in India

Regulations brought in related to sex work need to go beyond people who are forced into the profession to also be inclusive of the people who enter the profession of their own volition.

India gets its new president: Unpacking its significance and implications
Domestic Politics and Governance Jul 25, 2022

India gets its new president: Unpacking its significance and implications

The anointment of Droupadi Murmu as the President of the Republic, especially in the 75th year of India’s independence, manifests a special moment of social empowerment.

Accelerating the pace of India’s defence research
Defence and Security | Indian Defence Jul 23, 2022

Accelerating the pace of India’s defence research

Expanding participation to other stakeholders and cultivating linkages with other countries’ R&D are two ways by which India hopes to stimulate defence research.

G20 and the gender focus on the digital divide
International Affairs | Gender Jul 22, 2022

G20 and the gender focus on the digital divide

Despite the multiple initiatives introduced by the G20, a more holistic approach needs to be adopted to diminish the gaping gender divide.

Five years of GST: Implications for India’s fiscal federalism
Indian Economy Jul 18, 2022

Five years of GST: Implications for India’s fiscal federalism

The GST regime over the last five years has showcased the cracks emerging in federal cooperation.

World Youth Skills Day 2022: Upskilling the youth of India
Development | Sustainable Development | Skilling | Education Jul 15, 2022

World Youth Skills Day 2022: Upskilling the youth of India

To address the skill deficit, India needs to extend high technical and vocational courses to improve employability.

India’s Rural Youth and SDGs: A case study on Kanchan Ben’s ‘tailored’ skills
Indian Economy | Sustainable Development | Skilling Jul 15, 2022

India’s Rural Youth and SDGs: A case study on Kanchan Ben’s ‘tailored’ skills

India must upskill the rural youth through education programmes and skilling initiatives to enhance entrepreneurial abilities and employability.

Youth Skills Day 2022: Assessing the skills gap in fintech
Development | Skilling | Education Jul 15, 2022

Youth Skills Day 2022: Assessing the skills gap in fintech

A holistic policy and research response are required to address the lacunae witnessed in the skill landscape in India’s fintech industry.

World Youth Skills Day 2022: Putting young India first
Indian Economy | Development | Skilling | Education Jul 15, 2022

World Youth Skills Day 2022: Putting young India first

India has a formidable arsenal of digital skilling programmes for youth, but significant gaps remain, which are a cause of concern for young Indians, their employers, and the nation.

Accelerating infrastructure development in the post-pandemic era
Indian Economy | Urbanisation Jul 13, 2022

Accelerating infrastructure development in the post-pandemic era

The government needs to undertake more targeted policies to ensure that the inflow of investments is adequate to finance infrastructure development.

Why Agnipath agitation should act as a wake-up call for India
Defence and Security | Indian Defence Jul 13, 2022

Why Agnipath agitation should act as a wake-up call for India

The Agnipath protests throw light on the growing unemployment crisis that is prevailing in India.

Value capture taxation: A public policy approach
Indian Economy Jul 13, 2022

Value capture taxation: A public policy approach

India can implement value capture taxation that can help address urban land use challenges such as rising economic and social inequalities.

Encashing India’s demographic dividend
Indian Economy Jul 11, 2022

Encashing India’s demographic dividend

India must commit on this World Population Day to do more to tackle the widespread malnourishment and unemployment prevalent amongst Indian youth.

Prioritising the appointment of the CDS
Defence and Security | Indian Defence Jul 08, 2022

Prioritising the appointment of the CDS

Amid all the developments, considerable attention needs to be paid on the appointment of the new CDS in the aftermath of the demise of General Bipin Rawat.

The Agnivir Scheme: Only the test of fire will make fine steel
Defence and Security | Internal Security | Indian Defence Jun 27, 2022

The Agnivir Scheme: Only the test of fire will make fine steel

The reforms that the Agnipath scheme entails will help revolutionise the Indian defence system.

A pandemic of abuse: How India is protecting its children online
Media and Internet | Education Jun 24, 2022

A pandemic of abuse: How India is protecting its children online

The incidence of online child sexual abuse and exploitation (OCSAE) has spiked worldwide since the pandemic began. India is responding to the menace in several ways, but more needs to be done.

Agnipath: A bold, new defence recruitment scheme
Defence and Security | Indian Defence Jun 22, 2022

Agnipath: A bold, new defence recruitment scheme

The Agnipath scheme has been formulated to ease the burden on the defence budget and to enhance the country’s preparedness in the face of emerging new threats.

Women entrepreneurs’ access to credit: Gender gap in financing
Gender Jun 21, 2022

Women entrepreneurs’ access to credit: Gender gap in financing

A more gender-inclusive approach needs to adopted by financial institutions to boost women entrepreneurship in India

The firewalking braves
Defence and Security | Indian Defence Jun 20, 2022

The firewalking braves

The success of this new scheme can only be gauged once it has been implemented and tweaked over time.

The Agnipath scheme: Masked socio-political impact
Defence and Security | Indian Economy | Indian Defence Jun 20, 2022

The Agnipath scheme: Masked socio-political impact

The Agnipath scheme may come short on economic merit but could lead to a huge social change in the regimental system.

Engendering fintech lending to power women’s entrepreneurship
Economics and Finance Jun 13, 2022

Engendering fintech lending to power women’s entrepreneurship

To boost women’s entrepreneurship in India, fintech lending should become more gender-inclusive.

The BBNL-BSNL merger: A faltering force meets an immovable object?
Domestic Politics and Governance | National Politics Jun 13, 2022

The BBNL-BSNL merger: A faltering force meets an immovable object?

It is hard to see how the BBNL-BSNL merger might boost efforts to provide broadband to India’s villages.

Green hydrogen: A pie in the sky or an unfolding transformation?
Indian Economy | Energy | Coal | Oil, Gas and Renewables Jun 06, 2022

Green hydrogen: A pie in the sky or an unfolding transformation?

For India to achieve net-zero by 2070, the Hydrogen Mission needs to closely align with its climate agenda systematically.

The sedition law: the past, present, and future
Law and Justice May 27, 2022

The sedition law: the past, present, and future

The undeniable misuse of the sedition law compelled the Supreme court to revisit this archaic law.

The merger of municipal corporations: Good or bad?
Domestic Politics and Governance | Development | Urbanisation May 25, 2022

The merger of municipal corporations: Good or bad?

Arguments are being advanced for and against the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi as one single entity to deliver good governance in the megacity.

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Shreya Ganguly

Shreya Ganguly

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