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The time is ripe for an alliance of democracies
Neighbourhood Sep 15, 2022

The time is ripe for an alliance of democracies

The threat to the global democratic order needs to be tackled by developing joint strategies, especially in light of the rising belligerence of authoritarian actors.

Upskilling the chip industry: Transforming human resource into human capital
Indian Economy | Skilling Sep 12, 2022

Upskilling the chip industry: Transforming human resource into human capital

India needs to harness its unmatched talent pool by upskilling its workforce in the semiconductor domain to become the next R&D hub.

Leveraging EdTech in a gendered world
Indian Economy | Development | Skilling | Education Sep 08, 2022

Leveraging EdTech in a gendered world

The renewed focus on the EdTech industry needs to be used to overcome gendered gaps in women’s access to education.

NEP 2020: Achieving universal literacy in India by 2047
Development | Skilling | Education Sep 08, 2022

NEP 2020: Achieving universal literacy in India by 2047

As we celebrate International Literacy Day, we examine the provision of the National Education Policy and see if the NEP can deliver on its promise to achieve universal literacy.

Demolition of Noida Towers: A zero-tolerance policy towards violation of laws
Urbanisation Sep 07, 2022

Demolition of Noida Towers: A zero-tolerance policy towards violation of laws

The recent demolition of the twin towers of Noida showcases that violation of urban laws in the real estate industry will no longer be tolerated.

INS Vikrant and Maritime Operations
Defence and Security | Indian Ocean | Maritime Security Sep 03, 2022

INS Vikrant and Maritime Operations

The aircraft carrier is key to India’s maritime diplomacy and power projection in the Indian Ocean

Leveraging exports for economic growth
Indian Economy Sep 01, 2022

Leveraging exports for economic growth

Reducing the trade deficit is essential for economic growth. Better policymaking can aid to that end.

Actions on Motor Vehicle Emission in Delhi
Transportation | Climate Change Aug 30, 2022

Actions on Motor Vehicle Emission in Delhi

Various studies on air quality in Delhi have reported that transport sector is a major contributor to air pollution.

Kashmir's rising narco-terrorism: Why are religious leaders silent?
Neighbourhood Aug 30, 2022

Kashmir's rising narco-terrorism: Why are religious leaders silent?

Kashmir has witnessed an alarming rise in narco-terrorism. Apathy shown by religious leaders has only added to the problem.

Project-75I Submarine Acquisition: Should the Indian Navy Relax Air-Independent Propulsion Requirement?
International Affairs | Maritime Security Aug 30, 2022

Project-75I Submarine Acquisition: Should the Indian Navy Relax Air-Independent Propulsion Requirement?

The Indian Navy must revisit the fundamental question of whether it wants the newest air-independent propulsion architecture or the newest propulsion technology.

Is the recruitment of Nepali soldiers under the Agneepath scheme feasible?
Defence and Security | Internal Security | Indian Defence Aug 29, 2022

Is the recruitment of Nepali soldiers under the Agneepath scheme feasible?

The Nepalese disinterest towards the ‘Agneepath’ scheme comes amid various criticisms against the program, even within India.

Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022: Getting the regulatory incentives right
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 22, 2022

Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022: Getting the regulatory incentives right

The primary focus of this bill is to open the supply side in distribution to competition in the market.

Rupee at risk: Woes of a falling rupee
Economics and Finance Aug 22, 2022

Rupee at risk: Woes of a falling rupee

As the rupee loses its value against the dollar, what are the implications for the Indian economy?

Inclusive financial markets for India: Adopting a gender-sensitive approach
Indian Economy | Gender Aug 20, 2022

Inclusive financial markets for India: Adopting a gender-sensitive approach

Although India pledged to end gender disparities in its financial markets, however, studies show otherwise.

Indian Infrastructure: Leveraging past experiences for future growth
Indian Economy | Development Aug 18, 2022

Indian Infrastructure: Leveraging past experiences for future growth

With the emergence of a large number of private players across economic sectors, quality infrastructure development to support business operations has become extremely important.

The Office of the President @75
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

The Office of the President @75

Though the President does not enjoy the same level of power that is available to the PM, the President, nonetheless, can control certain key aspects of governance.   

Has the Indian Parliament stood the test of time?
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

Has the Indian Parliament stood the test of time?

Despite the decline in reputation in recent times, the Indian Parliament continues to reflect the deepening of democracy.

The Cabinet System in India
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

The Cabinet System in India

The cabinet government has its own character and style of decision-making given India’s evolving party system and the emerging nature of political leadership.

The Indian judiciary @ 75: A crucial pillar of democracy
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

The Indian judiciary @ 75: A crucial pillar of democracy

Despite the numerous ups and downs, the judiciary continues to be seen as a last resort for justice by the citizens and a counter-majoritarian institution of governance.

Safeguarding democracy: The Election Commission of India @75
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

Safeguarding democracy: The Election Commission of India @75

While the Constitution provides the ECI with a sturdy framework within which to operate, this same edifice has become a handicap to the organisation at times.

Indian democracy and the changing political landscape
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

Indian democracy and the changing political landscape

The diversity of India's political set up means that no electoral majority is cast in stone and no ideological hegemony can enjoy the permanence.

Indian Federalism @75: The foundation of a strong democracy
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

Indian Federalism @75: The foundation of a strong democracy

A robust federal structure needs to be in place to deliver effective governance and development in a country as diverse as India.

Decentralisation @75: How the third-tier institutions have deepened India’s Democracy?
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

Decentralisation @75: How the third-tier institutions have deepened India’s Democracy?

Despite many structural shortfalls, the 73rd and the 74th Amendments were able to create critical democratic space for these underrepresented groups such as women, SCs, and STs.

Is India’s civil service out of joint?
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

Is India’s civil service out of joint?

In the kind of politics that currently prevails, all civil service reform will prove to be meritless until politics attain the desire to improve governance.

Civil-military relations in Independent India
Domestic Politics and Governance Aug 15, 2022

Civil-military relations in Independent India

What explains India’s success in keeping the military out of politics, and how have civil-military relations fared in Independent India?

Independence Day 2022: Looking ahead
Indian Economy Aug 11, 2022

Independence Day 2022: Looking ahead

For India to be truly independent, systemic changes are necessary.

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Shreya Ganguly

Shreya Ganguly

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