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The consumers’ economy of India: What do the recent macro numbers tell us?
Indian Economy Mar 18, 2024

The consumers’ economy of India: What do the recent macro numbers tell us?

The Indian economy is at a defining moment where the future might show a reversal from the trend of the consumption-driven growth phenomenon ...

Towards a framework for wildlife-friendly products
Domestic Politics and Governance | Sustainable Development | Agriculture Mar 13, 2024

Towards a framework for wildlife-friendly products

India can lead the way when it comes to balancing wildlife conservation and sustainable crop production ...

India’s “big government” targets high growth
Indian Economy Mar 11, 2024

India’s “big government” targets high growth

Making the correct trade-offs can support higher growth over the long term as can implementing a foundational reform agenda ...

Gender lens for climate finance: A smart approach to sustainability in the Indo-Pacific
Economics and Finance | Gender Mar 07, 2024

Gender lens for climate finance: A smart approach to sustainability in the Indo-Pacific

It is imperative to integrate climate financing with a gendered approach in the Indo-Pacific region to tackle climate change in an effective manner ...

Harnessing nutritional resilience for food security and gender equality
Healthcare | Gender | GENDER ISSUES Mar 07, 2024

Harnessing nutritional resilience for food security and gender equality

Gender empowerment and food security are deeply interconnected, with profound implications for achieving sustainable development goals ...

The female workforce in India: Emerging trends and insights
Gender | GENDER ISSUES Mar 07, 2024

The female workforce in India: Emerging trends and insights

The female workforce in India is changing as younger women with higher levels of education enter the workforce ...

From data to deployment: Gender bias in the AI development lifecycle
Gender | Privacy & Data Protection | Artificial Intelligence Mar 07, 2024

From data to deployment: Gender bias in the AI development lifecycle

The AI development process from design to deployment perpetuates gender bias. Future legislation should recognise these gender-based risks to mitigate them ...

Gender attitudes in India: Changes in the 21st century
Gender | GENDER ISSUES Mar 07, 2024

Gender attitudes in India: Changes in the 21st century

Despite significant strides towards equality, traditional perceptions of gender roles still influence many aspects of life, from educational opportunities to workforce participation. ...

Empowering women through supportive policy
Gender | GENDER ISSUES Mar 07, 2024

Empowering women through supportive policy

Although strides have been made in women's empowerment, unpaid care work still tends to be undervalued and overlooked in mainstream economics ...

India’s clean energy transition needs strong women
Energy | Gender | GENDER ISSUES | Climate Change Mar 07, 2024

India’s clean energy transition needs strong women

Increasing women’s participation in the skilled labour force has enormous potential for India’s sustainable transition towards clean energy ...

Breaking banks, building dreams: A case for women’s savings in India
Gender | GENDER ISSUES Mar 07, 2024

Breaking banks, building dreams: A case for women’s savings in India

India is seeing a shift towards greater financial inclusion and women's empowerment. Policies supporting this trend can create a more equitable financial landscape. ...

Old women: The “hidden workforce” and not at all dependent
Gender | GENDER ISSUES Mar 07, 2024

Old women: The “hidden workforce” and not at all dependent

Despite being labelled as dependents, older women, especially from low-income households, contribute significantly through unpaid and paid work, without any recognition ...

Democracy as an impetus for empowerment: Dissecting the women’s representation dilemma
Gender | GENDER ISSUES Mar 07, 2024

Democracy as an impetus for empowerment: Dissecting the women’s representation dilemma

Despite the rise in women's participation and representation in politics in recent decades, further sustained efforts to remove the persisting structural barriers need to be made ...

Walk the talk: Prioritise SDG 5 to advance Agenda 2030
Gender Mar 07, 2024

Walk the talk: Prioritise SDG 5 to advance Agenda 2030

The connections between SDG 5 and other goals underscore the imperative of attaining gender equality as both a moral obligation and a strategic investment in our collective future ...

Hitting the sweet spot of demographic dividend
Gender Mar 07, 2024

Hitting the sweet spot of demographic dividend

Fostering women's participation in the workforce is a cornerstone towards achieving not only a more equitable world but also promoting economic efficiency and sustainable development ...

Panic room? Towards a safer cyberspace for women
Gender | Cyber and Technology Mar 07, 2024

Panic room? Towards a safer cyberspace for women

Online threats to women in India have increased since the pandemic, but a combination of law enforcement, industry cooperation, and strategic partnerships could provide a strong counter ...

Femme force: Assessing the WPS Index in Indo-Pacific nations
Gender | GENDER ISSUES Mar 07, 2024

Femme force: Assessing the WPS Index in Indo-Pacific nations

The Indo-Pacific countries must enhance the components of the WPS agenda in their respective countries to foster inclusive and sustainable development in the region ...

Reinvigorating deliberative democracy in India
Domestic Politics and Governance Mar 05, 2024

Reinvigorating deliberative democracy in India

Gram Sabhas, notwithstanding many challenges, have brought a semblance of deliberative democracy in India ...

India’s pink economy
Indian Economy Mar 02, 2024

India’s pink economy

Unlocking the economic potential of the LGBTQ+ community will enhance India’s economic progress by tapping into diverse talents, driving innovation, and fostering sustainable economic growth ...

Building bridges, fostering peace:  J&K's new DGP connects with the public
Domestic Politics and Governance | Terrorism Feb 28, 2024

Building bridges, fostering peace: J&K's new DGP connects with the public

The continued collaboration between various stakeholders is crucial to effectively foster trust and maintain peace in the Valley. ...

Budget allocation for urban development expected to rise by 12 percent
Indian Economy | Urbanisation Feb 10, 2024

Budget allocation for urban development expected to rise by 12 percent

The increase in funds allocated for improving the quality of life in urban areas by 12 percent, as pledged in the Interim Budget, is positively received ...

National budget 2024-25 from the urban perspective
Indian Economy Feb 06, 2024

National budget 2024-25 from the urban perspective

Under the Interim Budget, the Financial Minister has outlined a few schemes for urban development, but a more comprehensive budget would be required for major policy decisions ...

A second glance at the Interim Budget
Indian Economy Feb 05, 2024

A second glance at the Interim Budget

While the Interim Budget is a temporary plan, the government’s priority and the country’s imperatives remain inclined towards inclusive development ...

An Interim Budget for the transforming economy
Indian Economy Feb 05, 2024

An Interim Budget for the transforming economy

The Interim Budget indicates that the economic thinking is in the right direction— India is slated to have capital-driven growth in the coming future. ...

Indian Army's year of technological advancement in 2024
Defence and Security | Internal Security | Indian Defence Feb 03, 2024

Indian Army's year of technological advancement in 2024

While the Indian Army’s emphasis on integrating advanced tools reflects a proactive response to evolving challenges, a broader transformation warrants scrutiny ...

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Shreya Ganguly

Shreya Ganguly

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