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A lot of pomp and show, but little strategic content
Nov 17, 2015

A lot of pomp and show, but little strategic content

PM Modi's official visit to the UK is unexceptional. This is despite the hype and hoopla that accompany any Modi tour. However, what was different was that for the first time Modi had to respond to issues like Gujarat 2002 riots and the climate of intolerance back home.

America's Summer of Discontent
Aug 30, 2005

America's Summer of Discontent

One grieving mother camping outside the ranch where President Bush is on vacation has made her countrymen sit up and introspect about the war the US is waging in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan, mother of army specialist Casey Sheehan who died in the Sadr City section of Baghdad on April 4, 2004, and other family members who too have lost their loved ones, have become the new face of opposition to the war in Iraq.

Automation in moderation: Preserving fundamental rights while moderating online content at scale
Apr 14, 2021

Automation in moderation: Preserving fundamental rights while moderating online content at scale

In order to safeguard against function creep, governments and platforms must be transparent about how and where automated tools are used.

Balancing IP and Competition Concerns in India’s Audio-Visual Content Sector
Aug 16, 2023

Balancing IP and Competition Concerns in India’s Audio-Visual Content Sector

India has become the largest and fastest-growing producer of audio-visual (AV) content in the world, with the highest number of hours of content every day. This brief discusses issues of intellectual property (IP) and competition in the AV content sector. Under India’s Copyright Act 1957, the owner of AV content is accorded exclusive copyright over their work, which includes the right to monetise. Effective copyright protection incentiv

Bangladesh-India hydro politics: Sweet deals and contentious issues
Sep 23, 2022

Bangladesh-India hydro politics: Sweet deals and contentious issues

Although Bangladesh and India have excelled in cooperation on several fronts, water sharing remains a bone of contention.

Crossing currents: India-China contention and the Teesta conundrum in Bangladesh
Mar 16, 2024

Crossing currents: India-China contention and the Teesta conundrum in Bangladesh

The Teesta issue poses unique challenges to both India and Bangladesh. The growing involvement of China adds a geopolitical dimension to this problem

Deciphering AI-powered content moderation: Approaches, constraints, and future horizons
Jan 31, 2024

Deciphering AI-powered content moderation: Approaches, constraints, and future horizons

Content moderation practises increasingly rely on AI-powered automated moderation tools. There are a few exaggerated fears about the inefficacy of AI-

Defence Budget and its discontents
Jan 24, 2023

Defence Budget and its discontents

Allocations made for capital expenditure must increase if India is to keep pace with China's rising military might

Going beyond third-party liability to regulate content: Examples from Germany and Singapore
Oct 08, 2020

Going beyond third-party liability to regulate content: Examples from Germany and Singapore

Given the complexities and the possible excess of making the Internet (more) fragmented, should we consider doing more than just demanding liability f

Investment and its discontents
May 11, 2018

Investment and its discontents

Mainstream debates on European investment in India do not consider the full and diverse impact of investment on economic and social life, and therefore narrow the terrain for crafting richer, alternative investment policies and strategies. This paper examines three misguided—and recurring—ideas that arise in investment debates: (1) consumption growth as an inevitable effect of investment liberalisation; (2) efficiency in fresh food retail as

Japan closer to contentious TPP agreement after Abe's US visit?
Feb 26, 2013

Japan closer to contentious TPP agreement after Abe's US visit?

One concrete outcome of the bilateral talks between the visiting Japanese Prime Minister and the US President was that the US was able to get Japan closer to making a commitment to the Trans Pacific Cooperation Agreement which the US has been advocating since 2011.

Manifestos as a Tool for Accountability: A Content Analysis of the 2004-2019 UPA and NDA Poll Manifestos
Aug 14, 2023

Manifestos as a Tool for Accountability: A Content Analysis of the 2004-2019 UPA and NDA Poll Manifestos

This brief analyses the manifestos of the Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party in the past four Lok Sabha elections. It introduces the concept of “falsifiability” to evaluate whether promises made in manifestos can be verified, to begin with; it then outlines the poll promises that are falsifiable across various sectors. The authors examine whether or not the promises were fulfilled, and if not, if they were carried aga

Pandemic Reopens Contentious Issues in Nepal-India Ties
Jan 12, 2021

Pandemic Reopens Contentious Issues in Nepal-India Ties

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted two features of the Nepal-India economic relationship: Nepal’s ballooning trade deficit, and unrestricted cross-border movement of people of both countries. Attributing the trade deficit entirely to supply-side constraints is neither accurate nor conducive to the overall health of the relationship. This brief suggests ways towards more sustainable trade relations between India and Nepal, among them, India r

Streaming it right: New paradigms in digital video content
Jul 17, 2019

Streaming it right: New paradigms in digital video content

The discussion covered various aspects of video streaming ecosystem interspersed with insightful panel discussions.

The near future of international law in cyberspace: Contentions and realities
Jan 15, 2022

The near future of international law in cyberspace: Contentions and realities

International stability can be endangered if the fine points of how international law applies to cyber operations are not determined

The road to peace in Kashmir: Public perception of the contentious AFSPA and PSA
Aug 16, 2018

The road to peace in Kashmir: Public perception of the contentious AFSPA and PSA

The troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir is governed by two controversial laws – the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act (AFSPA) of 1990 and its predecessor, the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA), 1978. In the past few years, state security forces have been enforcing these two laws against suspected militants and insurgents with increasing severity. This paper argues that the combined enforcement of these two laws has s

Understanding the US-India contention over ICT imports duty & concerns over China’s increasing market share
Dec 13, 2019

Understanding the US-India contention over ICT imports duty & concerns over China’s increasing market share

With its emphasis on decreasing India’s ICT import duties across the board, the US is in a way batting with China against India, not realising that

'How China sees its role in the world'
Apr 16, 2014

'How China sees its role in the world'

Chinese foreign policy statements may seem sloganistic, ritualistic and without content but one has to realise it need not be articulated in the Euro-American way, says Prof. Geremie Barme of Australian National University College of Asia and Pacific.

2024 च्या यूएस निवडणुकीचा अनिश्चित मार्ग
Jan 31, 2024

2024 च्या यूएस निवडणुकीचा अनिश्चित मार्ग

यूएसला सध्या राजकीय विभाजन आणि प्रशासनाबाबत असंतोषाचा �

Arms Trade Treaty should emerge by consensus: India
Apr 13, 2012

Arms Trade Treaty should emerge by consensus: India

India has been proactive in the Arms Trade Treaty debate and has submitted its views on the issue. Currently, the debate is shifting towards the content of the treaty. Differences continue to exist, but India feels the final treaty should emerge by consensus.

As China Strengthens Army Logistics, the Implications for India’s Eastern Frontier
Nov 26, 2021

As China Strengthens Army Logistics, the Implications for India’s Eastern Frontier

Logistics is meaningless if it cannot do what is central to war—fighting. In order to bolster the logistical capabilities of all the major service branches of the Chinese military—including the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), PLA Air Force (PLAAF), and the PLA Rocket Force (PLARF)—the People’s Republic of China (PRC) under President Xi Jinping established a Joint Logistic Support Force (JLSF) in 2016. To what extent does the JLSF

Atlas Shrugged: The platform v. the state
Jan 14, 2021

Atlas Shrugged: The platform v. the state

The decisions social media platforms take about the content and users they host can affect livelihoods, political processes, and major public policy d

Atrocities against women: A serious threat to society
Jan 18, 2013

Atrocities against women: A serious threat to society

It is the responsibility of people like film producers, club owners and other entertainment organisers to ensure that the shows or films do not carry vulgar contents which tend to excite the base instincts of men and encourage them to resort to violence for sex.

Bangladesh after elections
Feb 20, 2009

Bangladesh after elections

It would be useful if India adopted a more generous approach towards resolving some of the contentious issues which have hindered a stronger bilateral relationship

Besieged Musharraf Left With Few Options
Aug 24, 2007

Besieged Musharraf Left With Few Options

Pakistan is today dangling between hope and despair, propelled largely by President Pervez Musharraf's inability, and refusal, to gauge public sentiments for free and fair elections in the coming months. Discontentment, once confined to media and courtrooms, has spilled out into the streets, creating a stifling atmosphere of anxiety and doubt across the country. Political, economic and social differences have sharpened in the past eight years. Re

Blocking online porn: Who should make Constitutional decisions?
Mar 16, 2015

Blocking online porn: Who should make Constitutional decisions?

A constitutional court must not outsource its judgement on freedom of expression online to an industry association even if it convenes others to help make this decision. It must also avoid allowing the executive to take over this role, determining without any transparency what content is blocked.

Centre needs to continue pace of labour reforms
Dec 03, 2014

Centre needs to continue pace of labour reforms

The labour laws certainly represent a small step but the introduction of even small reforms in labour legislations was long awaited to keep at bay the rising discontent among domestic as well as foreign entrepreneurs from India's manufacturing sector.

Challenges ahead for the India-EU FTA
Feb 28, 2012

Challenges ahead for the India-EU FTA

There is need for greater transparency in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations. There could be more information sharing with civil society groups and the general public so that the content of the negotiations would get public approval faster, making it easier to conclude the FTA.

Chile’s ‘peaceful revolution’
Sep 19, 2022

Chile’s ‘peaceful revolution’

The overwhelming rejection of the utopian draft constitution indicates the growing discontent amongst the Chilean population.

China seeks to create military icons to win future wars
May 30, 2022

China seeks to create military icons to win future wars

Amidst student discontent, a plan to create influencers for Gen X is being undertaken

China-Japan-Korea:Tangled Relationships
Aug 11, 2023

China-Japan-Korea:Tangled Relationships

Territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea and between Japan and South Korea over the Takeshima/Dokdo islands in the Sea of Japan have,particularly in the second half of 2012, given rise to concerns about peace and security in North East Asia. Territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea and between Japan and South Korea over the Takes

Climate change and food security in India
May 23, 2023

Climate change and food security in India

Climate change has added to the enormity of India’s food security challenges. While the relationship between climate change and food security is complex, most studies focus on one dimension of food security, i.e., food availability. This paper provides an overview of the impact of climate change on India’s food security, keeping in mind three dimensions — availability, access, and absorption. It finds that ensuring food security in the face

Community Driven Development in Developing Countries
Aug 11, 2023

Community Driven Development in Developing Countries

This paper highlights the increasing importance of Community Driven Development (CDD) in the delivery of public services to the poorest sections and enhancing access, voice and accountability in developing countries. Community participation in the delivery of ‘public services’ to the poorest sections of the population in developing countries has often been regarded as an effective mechanism to enhance access, voice and accountability.

Contours of crisis consumption
May 12, 2020

Contours of crisis consumption

Internet usage across the world and networks has risen up to 80%. Will the internet be able to handle the growing pressures, growing traffic and expe