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Anchored in Bharat, Budget 2022 exudes confidence, powers India’s growth
Feb 01, 2022

Anchored in Bharat, Budget 2022 exudes confidence, powers India’s growth

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman budget remains unassuming in grand announcements, matter of fact in its outlook, and deglamorised in form—just t

#Climate Finance: जलवायु वित्त के जुगाड़ में जी-20 की हो सकती है महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका!
Aug 04, 2023

#Climate Finance: जलवायु वित्त के जुगाड़ में जी-20 की हो सकती है महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका!

ये अतीत के मुक़ाबले विकास की नई और अलग कहानी है. अतीत में व�

#Climate Finance: जलवायु वित्त के जुगाड़ में जी-20 की हो सकती है महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका!
May 04, 2022

#Climate Finance: जलवायु वित्त के जुगाड़ में जी-20 की हो सकती है महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका!

ये अतीत के मुक़ाबले विकास की नई और अलग कहानी है. अतीत में व�

10 Years Of Modi's Foreign Policy: Aspiration Meets Self-Assurance
Mar 22, 2024

10 Years Of Modi's Foreign Policy: Aspiration Meets Self-Assurance

This commentary provides an analysis of the Modi government's decade long foreign policy decisions.

2-G spectrum: Allotments should be cancelled
May 06, 2011

2-G spectrum: Allotments should be cancelled

Because of the confusioni created by different agencies in calcuating the loss to the national exchequer caused by the 2-G scam, it is imperative that the exact figure and dimensions of the scam should be arrived at by an expert body.

2022—The year to redefine cities as first tiers of urban governance
Jan 08, 2022

2022—The year to redefine cities as first tiers of urban governance

A holistic restructuring of federal, systemic, and financial governance is required to empower our city governments

2024: A chance of redemption for the UN?
Dec 18, 2023

2024: A chance of redemption for the UN?

The ambitious Summit of the Future next year offers the UN a rare chance to repurpose itself to salvage its credibility and strengthen its mandate to

25 years of India-France strategic partnership: Resilient in the darkest storms
Jul 17, 2023

25 years of India-France strategic partnership: Resilient in the darkest storms

France’s cognisance of India’s need to exercise its own choices has removed potential friction points such as differing positions on the Russia-Uk

60 years of the Elysee Treaty: What next for Franco-German engine
Jan 31, 2023

60 years of the Elysee Treaty: What next for Franco-German engine

Diverging interests have placed France and Germany at odds. Would the Franco-German partnership help steer Europe out of its current crisis?

70 Policies — Development Finance Institutions, 1948
Aug 02, 2018

70 Policies — Development Finance Institutions, 1948

In their new avatars, ICICI Bank and IDBI Bank command the size and scale to repeat that performance for household finance, while IFCI is teetering un

70 Policies — Finance Commissions, 1951
Aug 02, 2018

70 Policies — Finance Commissions, 1951

Finance Commissions decide the distribution taxes between the centre and the states, and is the key financial lever determining the federal structure

70 Policies — Nationalisation of General Insurance, 1972
Aug 07, 2018

70 Policies — Nationalisation of General Insurance, 1972

From 1972 to 2002, the journey of GIC — from nationalisation to a general insurance monopoly to opening up to private competition and finally to bec

70 Policies — Nationalisation of Life Insurance, 1956
Aug 04, 2018

70 Policies — Nationalisation of Life Insurance, 1956

While the ostensible reason for nationalisation and the obliteration of all competition was unfair practices of the companies and the protection of po

A balance of forces: The very meaning of ‘victory’ and ‘defeat’ in a war has changed. Ask the Americans
Feb 01, 2020

A balance of forces: The very meaning of ‘victory’ and ‘defeat’ in a war has changed. Ask the Americans

Even short of nuclear war, it is open to debate if India, the preponderant South Asian military power, has the capacity to beat Pakistan at this juncture.

A Baseline Assessment of Climate Finance
Sep 13, 2023

A Baseline Assessment of Climate Finance

This Issue Brief gives an assessment of the gaps and shortages in climate financing flows, available monies in the global system and suggestions to mobilise resources towards mitigation and adaptation needs of developing countries.

A blueprint to evaluate digital governance
Apr 18, 2013

A blueprint to evaluate digital governance

Sooner than later, India will have to start evaluating its e-governance projects. And in the near future, the focus will shift to the outcomes of e-governance initiatives.

A faltering corporate governance
Feb 23, 2022

A faltering corporate governance

SEBI’s recent retraction of the requirement of separating the roles of Chairperson and MD raises some key questions about India’s corporate govern

A fine balance: India’s voting record at the UNGA
Jul 25, 2017

A fine balance: India’s voting record at the UNGA

This brief studies India’s foreign policy preferences using an index based on historical voting patterns of member states at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). By visualising the trajectory of policy preferences for all member states in the UNGA, with a particular focus on India, this work identifies how India’s policy stance at the UN has evolved in relation to its peers. It finds that Indian policy has maintained an exceptionally h

A Green Bank for Global South Climate Finance
Dec 07, 2023

A Green Bank for Global South Climate Finance

A private sector-oriented Global Green Bank is required to overcome the market gaps that prevent Global North capital from flowing to the best decarbonisation investment opportunities among Global South enterprises. The Global Green Bank should operate as a world-class investment firm, capable of developing innovative financial solutions and investing through externally raised investment fund-of-funds and its own proprietary book. Such a Global G

A new delineation of Green Transition through Green Finance: Expectation from COP27
Nov 12, 2022

A new delineation of Green Transition through Green Finance: Expectation from COP27

Energy transition alone cannot anchor the green transition; a more holistic approach needs to be adopted, especially in the Global South

A New India-France alliance?
Sep 05, 2019

A New India-France alliance?

While talk of an alliance may be premature, there is clearly an increasing convergence of interests between the two strategic partners.

A perfect storm in Sri Lanka: Governance lessons for the region and beyond
Aug 09, 2022

A perfect storm in Sri Lanka: Governance lessons for the region and beyond

Aside from great leadership, strong checks and balances are required for good governance.

A Proposed Roadmap to Enhance Last-Mile Connectivity in India’s Metro Rail Transit Systems
Aug 14, 2023

A Proposed Roadmap to Enhance Last-Mile Connectivity in India’s Metro Rail Transit Systems

Evidence from several countries suggests that last-mile connectivity solutions—the transport options available to commuters from the origin of their journey to the point of accessing a public transit system—enhance citizens’ mobility and increase metro rail ridership. This brief evaluates India’s operational metro rail transit systems to identify the missing links in the provision and effective implementation of last-mile connecti

A second glance at the Interim Budget
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 developmen

A Stocktaking of BRICS Performance in Climate Action
Feb 14, 2022

A Stocktaking of BRICS Performance in Climate Action

Global temperature rise is set to exceed 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels by 2100. Efforts to ramp up climate action must be accompanied by an assessment of countries' existing strategies to combat climate change. At the same time, it is crucial to determine the effectiveness of multilateral institutions in mitigating climate change by galvanising member countries in this direction. This report presents a comparative analysis based on fiv

A strong India-US partnership is the best balancer to China’s growing power
Jan 24, 2018

A strong India-US partnership is the best balancer to China’s growing power

America’s global hegemony is the sum total of its domination in various regions of the world like Europe, Middle East, or East Asia. Today when the Americans look at East Asia, they see a hugely enriched and militarily powerful China increasingly challenging them.

AAP gets a second chance... But can the party build on it?
Feb 11, 2015

AAP gets a second chance... But can the party build on it?

The Aam Aadmi Party's victory in 67 out of 70 Delhi Assembly seats has simply blown the established parties like the BJP and the Congress out of the water. It has inflicted by far the most crushing defeat to its opposition in independent India's electoral history.

Accountable governance for fighting climate change challenges
Jun 04, 2024

Accountable governance for fighting climate change challenges

As the challenges of climate change and its impact become a major part of public discourse, they are gaining increased momentum in institutional polit

Achieving SDGs in Small Island Developing States: Financing the Blue Economy Through Collaboration
Apr 17, 2024

Achieving SDGs in Small Island Developing States: Financing the Blue Economy Through Collaboration

The geographical and socioeconomic characteristics of small island developing states (SIDS) expose them to unique challenges. Climate change, in particular, poses a severe threat to SIDS, with rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and changing precipitation patterns negatively affecting their ecosystems, economies, and communities. This brief assesses the challenges faced by SIDS in accessing traditional climate financing and analyses the effec

Addressing inequities for balanced urban development of Delhi
Apr 20, 2011

Addressing inequities for balanced urban development of Delhi

A select group of urban sector professionals in the government and the civil society acknowledge that the problems of inequity observed in almost all Indian towns and cities could be overcome by adopting a balanced and participatory approach to urban development.

Advances in Chinese missile defence and hypersonic capabilities
Jun 19, 2023

Advances in Chinese missile defence and hypersonic capabilities

In light of the advances in Chinese defence capabilities, India must prioritise the development of the second phase of India’s BMD capability as wel

Advancing the COP27 Agenda: India’s push for cleantech
Nov 15, 2022

Advancing the COP27 Agenda: India’s push for cleantech

By demonstrating cleantech’s potential to catalyse climate action and forging international partnerships around technological innovation, India is a