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Pakistan: New Generals on the Block
Jul 28, 2023

Pakistan: New Generals on the Block

It is becoming clear even to President Pervez Musharraf, Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan, that he will have to step down sooner than later. This brief discusses three immediate reasons to make such an assumption.

PIL: A hidden roadblock in large infrastructure projects
Feb 14, 2023

PIL: A hidden roadblock in large infrastructure projects

PILs are being misused as instruments to bog down infrastructure projects, affecting India’s growth in the long run

Portents of revised LoC ceasefire
Jun 05, 2018

Portents of revised LoC ceasefire

The timing of the recent India-Pakistan agreement can’t be a coincidence, and the Modi government needs to watch its back.

Post-US midterms: Biden’s focus on fighting gridlock
Nov 29, 2022

Post-US midterms: Biden’s focus on fighting gridlock

The US midterms augur a political future riddled with roadblocks

Power Sector: Stumbling block in India’s net-zero journey
Sep 26, 2022

Power Sector: Stumbling block in India’s net-zero journey

For India to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070, coal power must be phased out entirely, and renewable capacity needs to grow.

Preventing proliferation: Tracking Uranium on the blockchain
Aug 20, 2023

Preventing proliferation: Tracking Uranium on the blockchain

Advances in technology, the shifting sands of the global nuclear energy market, and the extant standards and practices surrounding the monitoring of radioactive materials raise important questions about the future of nuclear security. Technological advancements have enabled the retrieval of radioactive materials from unconventional sources and made fuel fabrication easier. The emergence of new players in the nuclear energy market also flags conce

Relocating Mumbai in the geoeconomics of the Indo-Pacific
Jan 30, 2021

Relocating Mumbai in the geoeconomics of the Indo-Pacific

Positioning Mumbai in the Indo-Pacific will require planning. A new version of the ‘Bombay Plan’ — Bombay Plan 2.0 — is needed to build on the

Residential LPG in India–Access and usage pattern during pre-lockdown, lockdown, and post-lockdown
Dec 19, 2022

Residential LPG in India–Access and usage pattern during pre-lockdown, lockdown, and post-lockdown

The free refill benefits during 2018-2020 led to a boost in the consumption of LPG in India

Sino-Indian Border Deadlock: Time to rewrite India playbook
Aug 31, 2020

Sino-Indian Border Deadlock: Time to rewrite India playbook

India’s border dispute with China, which goes back to the 1950s, primarily owes to the absence of an internationally accepted boundary between them, and of an agreement on where runs the Line of Actual Control. The border, as a result, is patrolled and managed by the military forces of both sides. After initial efforts to resolve the dispute failed, the two sides signed a set of agreements aimed at stabilising the LAC and normalising their rela

Sri Lanka 2003: The Continuing Deadlock
Jan 12, 2004

Sri Lanka 2003: The Continuing Deadlock

The continuing deadlock in the peace process and in the political equation between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe due to their failure to reach an accord on the ground rules for the smooth functioning of the co-habitation Government marked the political landscape in Sri Lanka during 2003.

Steps to restart public transit after lockdown ends
May 07, 2020

Steps to restart public transit after lockdown ends

It is necessary to detail the steps that our transit agencies can take in the face of the restart after 17 May.

Surgical strikes along LoC puts South Asia on cusp of new India-Pakistan dynamic
Oct 01, 2016

Surgical strikes along LoC puts South Asia on cusp of new India-Pakistan dynamic

The Kargil war of 1999 and Thursday morning's surgical strikes have now decisively proved that the LoC is not a focal point for India and Pakistan.

Taiwan’s 2022 local elections: What lies ahead?
Jan 30, 2023

Taiwan’s 2022 local elections: What lies ahead?

To emerge victorious in the 2024 presidential elections, KMT will have to assure its people that it is not pro-China and intends to preserve the statu

The abolition of cantonments: What does it entail for urban local bodies?
Jul 06, 2023

The abolition of cantonments: What does it entail for urban local bodies?

There are concerns about how well the newly merged cantonments will be governed under the ULBs

The Baloch want to tell their story
Jan 09, 2014

The Baloch want to tell their story

Whatever be the demands of the Baloch nationalists, the situation now is that of a growing humanitarian crisis that the rest of the world chooses to ignore. Continued indifference will not help the problem go away but will only exacerbate it further and make it more intractable.

The changing face of Baloch activism
May 09, 2024

The changing face of Baloch activism

The harsh response by the Pakistani state towards the ongoing Baloch protests will only alienate people further and deepen the existing crisis

The decentralisation charade of urban local bodies
Nov 23, 2021

The decentralisation charade of urban local bodies

The façade of federalism is apparent as none of the government levels want to part with their authority

The growing role of blockchain in Indian governance
Nov 27, 2023

The growing role of blockchain in Indian governance

In a country possessing as vast a landscape and populace as India, blockchain has the potential to completely transform and revolutionize governance,

The Gwadar protests: Balochistan stands up for its rights
Jan 13, 2022

The Gwadar protests: Balochistan stands up for its rights

To safeguard Chinese interests in Gwadar, the Pakistani government gives in to demands placed by the local population

The LoC Fence is bad Strategy
Dec 28, 2004

The LoC Fence is bad Strategy

In the Robert Frost poem the narrator¿s neighbour tells him ¿good fences make good neighbours,¿ but he asks, ¿Before I built a wall I'd ask to know/What I was walling in or walling out.¿ However, in the case of the barbed wire fence that has been constructed on the Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian army, no one appears to have asked this question.

The quality of local urban democracy
Aug 08, 2023

The quality of local urban democracy

Given that India is on the path to urbanisation, there is a dire need for governance reforms at the municipal level to ensure that it reaches the qual

Transparency as a tool for urban local governance
Jan 08, 2022

Transparency as a tool for urban local governance

To ensure citizen participation and awareness, it is instrumental that ULBS are slowly transformed into transparent and accountable bodies

Understanding the dynamics of Baloch nationalism
Nov 23, 2009

Understanding the dynamics of Baloch nationalism

The state of Pakistan, dominated by Punjabis, has responded to Baloch nationalism with brutal methods of suppression

Union Budget 2023-24: Allocations for India’s urban sector
Mar 15, 2023

Union Budget 2023-24: Allocations for India’s urban sector

The highest allocations being given to the housing and transport sectors indicates that the government’s priority during 2023-24 is to provide shelt

Unlocking a new era: India–UK Early Harvest Trade Deal
Sep 22, 2021

Unlocking a new era: India–UK Early Harvest Trade Deal

The Early Harvest Trade Deal signals a change in India’s reluctance to pursue FTAs

Unlocking capital for climate response in the emerging world
Apr 23, 2021

Unlocking capital for climate response in the emerging world

The policy decision to decarbonise capital flows are important in driving the necessary shift towards a more sustainable and resilient global order, b

Unlocking in the face of a rampaging pandemic
Sep 07, 2020

Unlocking in the face of a rampaging pandemic

With economic compulsions forcing governments to ease lockdown restrictions, the pandemic seems set to run its course in the country

Unlocking Sustainable Finance to Promote Green Transition: India’s Priorities for its G20 Presidency in 2023
Aug 04, 2022

Unlocking Sustainable Finance to Promote Green Transition: India’s Priorities for its G20 Presidency in 2023

Sustainable finance emerged as a key issue to tackle climate change at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference and is spurring a global transition to net zero. A peculiar feature of the race to net zero is that it cannot be achieved unless all countries can meet their targets, and any positive step towards it will benefit all countries. The drive to achieve carbon neutrality and net-zero emissions needs to be targeted through a range of

Urban local bodies and bus rapid transit systems
Sep 13, 2019

Urban local bodies and bus rapid transit systems

The BRTS falls between two stools. It monopolises rare road space and heavily congests non-BRTS lanes.

Urban local bodies, municipal bonds and due diligence
Sep 03, 2019

Urban local bodies, municipal bonds and due diligence

Contract clauses of penalties and liquidated damages are bound to be pressed, leading to arbitration and legal battles.