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Published on Dec 30, 2019
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India’s water crisis: A permanent problem which needs permanent solutions | Malancha Chakrabarty & Shreya Bhardwaj

The government has announced an ambitious target of providing piped clean drinking water to all rural households by 2024. Although a worthy goal, it is unclear how the government proposes to achieve this formidable target under the current circumstances. Read more ►

Subverting election 2019: International actors and the inside job | Samir Saran & Bedavyasa Mohanty

The algorithms designed to amplify user engagement and ad revenues are now deployed to restrict political speech that these companies find objectionable — creating a ‘surveillance democracy’ in the process. Read more ►

SCO summit 2019: The bilateral and multilateral dimensions | Nivedita Kapoor

The SCO summit saw bilateral meetings garnering more attention than the multilateral summit itself. Read more ►

After a month of cyclone Fani, Odisha remains shattered, are we a resilient enough state to face a natural disaster? | Aparna Roy & Biplob Chatterjee

It is imperative for India to build resilient systems and retrofit existing ones in order to secure its development gains, minimise disruptions, economic losses and expedite the future response and recovery measures. Read more ►

What the defence budget 2019 says about the Indian Army | Ameya Kelkar

The Indian army is a manpower-intensive military. With the second largest military in terms of personnel, the Indian armed forces have always faced a shortage of funds when it came to the introduction of modernised and indigenous equipment. Read more ►

Balakot air strikes: The end of the madman theory | Sushant Sareen

If Pakistan thinks they can scare Modi by playing mad, the Balakot air strikes show that he can scare them even more. Pakistan's madman theory has been turned on its head. Read more ►

Narendra Modi must use Balakot to consolidate India’s rajasic transformation | Gautam Chikermane

Rajas is a state of being that goes out and does rather than waits to be done. It applies to the evolution of individuals, as they, generally, evolve from being in a tamasic state to a rajasic one to finally conclude in the sattwic.Read more ►

China’s real intentions behind its ‘technical hold’ on Masood Azhar | Ayjaz Wani

Masood Azhar-led Jaish-e-Mohammed is one of the many terror groups Beijing considers as important cogs for security and stability in its restive Xinjiang province. Read more ►

How Pakistan’s downed F-16 may impact US-India defence trade | Kashish Parpiani

Sale of F-16 upgrades for Pakistan was considered in 2008, amidst much controversy. Read more ►

ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific outlook: An analysis | Premesha Saha

The centrality of the ASEAN has been emphasised amidst the geopolitical shifts that the region is encountering like the ongoing tussle between the US and China. Read more ►

Shah Faesal and the paradox of Kashmir | Khalid Shah

The political faultline notwithstanding, each side draws its vested political interest from the death of an ordinary Kashmiri. Read more ►

7 economic reforms that await Modi Season 2 | Gautam Chikermane

With Verdict 2019 giving a greater political force to Modi’s next five years, we hope some of them will make the grade, or at least, in experiential learnings from 70 years of India’s policymaking continuum, would sow the seeds of change for future governments to take forward. Read more ►

Who will gain from 10% reservation for EWS? | Satish Misra

The bill has to be a constitutional amendment as it overshoots the Supreme Court's 50% cap on quotas and takes the total to 60%. Read more ►

Promises behind the National Register of Citizens of India: Issues and challenges | Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

According to the Indian Citizenship Law, a person is an Indian citizen if s/he domiciled in India when the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution on 26 November 1949 or if he/she had been in India for at least five years until that date. Read more ►

5 ways India’s foreign policy has changed post-Balakot | Gautam Chikermane

As the international community restarts its no-war broken record, it needs to keep one date in mind that has irreversibly changed India’s stance — 14 February 2019. Pakistan may be the trigger that set it off, but it will now impact India’s foreign policy and strategic affairs. Read more ►

The fearsome foursome in Modi Season 2 | Sushant Sareen

The team comprising of Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the NSA Ajit Doval is a security dream-team. Read more ►

The Shishupala Doctrine: Narendra Modi and de-truncating the Indo-Pak power asymmetry | Hindol Sengupta

The historic second term of Narendra Modi’s government can serve to exacerbate the material asymmetry between India and Pakistan. For this reason and others, and contrary to popular belief, Modi is best-placed to deliver a lasting solution to the 70-year-old dispute. Read more ►

Post Pulwama attack: 10 questions for the government | Khalid Shah

Is a new crop of homegrown suicide bombers and Fedayeen attackers coming up in Jammu and Kashmir? How will the security forces deal with this development and prevent such recruitments? Read more ►

Reclaiming the Mahabharata for India’s 21st Century manifestation | Gautam Chikermane

The ideas of dharma, artha, kama and moksha the Mahabharata expresses and which were relevant five millenniums ago to kings, kingdoms and praja (the ‘governed’), remain equally relevant to individuals and families, organisations and companies, communities and nations today. Read more ►

What would General Bhishma tell Prime Minister Narendra Modi today? | Gautam Chikermane

If Bhishma were alive today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would ask him four questions around war. Read more ►

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