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Cities with extreme deficits of quality of life
Oct 17, 2019

Cities with extreme deficits of quality of life

A city’s inability to offer infrastructures that enable life, such as drinking water, conditions of hygiene, electricity and other such life-enablin

Bridging the healthcare gap in Afghanistan: A primer on India’s role
May 24, 2023

Bridging the healthcare gap in Afghanistan: A primer on India’s role

An era of Taliban rule, followed by the 18-year-long war between the United States and the Taliban, has left Afghanistan in massive disorder: the country’s infrastructure is dilapidated, the quality of life is poor, and basic amenities such as healthcare are absent. While the post-Taliban Government of Afghanistan has tried to rebuild the healthcare system, it remains largely dependent on foreign aid. Over the years, India has tried to help reb

Budget allocation for urban development expected to rise by 12 percent
Feb 10, 2024

Budget allocation for urban development expected to rise by 12 percent

The increase in funds allocated for improving the quality of life in urban areas by 12 percent, as pledged in the Interim Budget, is positively receiv

China's urban transformation strategy
Jun 20, 2018

China's urban transformation strategy

The appraisal of select aspects of China’s urbanisation strategy and the progress in implementation indicate a massive urban transformation.

Creating new urban centralities: The way ahead for Mumbai in 2021
Dec 22, 2020

Creating new urban centralities: The way ahead for Mumbai in 2021

Mumbai must spearhead the positioning of India as the third economic superpower, in between the forecasted East/West civilisation confrontation.

Five reasons for an unhappy India
Apr 03, 2021

Five reasons for an unhappy India

The picture about India’s happiness quotient presented by the World Happiness Report 2021 is quite disappointing.

Green Transitions: Catalysing India–EU relations for a green future
Mar 02, 2021

Green Transitions: Catalysing India–EU relations for a green future

Ways to attain growth, create jobs, and meet developmental targets with minimal carbon emissions are priorities for both India and the EU.

How is urban poverty different from rural?
Nov 25, 2020

How is urban poverty different from rural?

The past practice of seeing all poverty in a rural light and applying rural solutions in urban conditions will not yield the expected results.

How to speed up urbanisation
Mar 16, 2020

How to speed up urbanisation

Reckless urbanisation that does not provide for quality of life to the citizens may be counterproductive for the desired levels of growth.

India’s Smart Cities Mission, 2015-2021: A Stocktaking
Aug 16, 2021

India’s Smart Cities Mission, 2015-2021: A Stocktaking

The Smart Cities Mission (SCM), launched in 2015, seeks to improve the quality of life in 100 cities and towns of India. Overall, its progress has been uneven, with many cities yet to achieve the desired levels of transformation. This report evaluates the first five years of the Mission, and draws lessons from its successes and failures. It discusses the physical and financial status of the projects taken up so far, and identifies the mos

Is it time for India to get a new national Capital?
Dec 10, 2019

Is it time for India to get a new national Capital?

India must emulate global examples of countries that have moved their national capitals to new cities owing to growing congestion, pollution and deter

Life lessons from three European families and one group of friends
Dec 01, 2014

Life lessons from three European families and one group of friends

In defining the term 'quality of life', there is no better way to give it a concrete shape than trekking in the woods of an alien land, traversing the streets and bylanes of its cities and staying with people whom you would otherwise never meet in your life.

Making affordable cities a reality in India
Sep 24, 2019

Making affordable cities a reality in India

The high costs of living in cities the world over make it difficult for the poor to live a life of quality and dignity. Yet, the poor in rural regions, as in the case in India, often resort to migrating out of their villages to search for employment and opportunity in the urban areas. Globally, Indian cities are ranked amongst the cheapest in cost of living; within the country, however, they are significantly more expensive than rural settlements

Managing India’s urban transition in 2021
Jan 04, 2021

Managing India’s urban transition in 2021

In 2021, India’s imperatives include uplifting the lives of marginalised populations, creating mechanisms for people’s participation in civic affa

Re-visioning urban transport in a smart India
Sep 28, 2018

Re-visioning urban transport in a smart India

There is an urgent need for breaking the vicious cycle to improve the quality of life in Indian cities.

Smart working is the way ahead
May 20, 2021

Smart working is the way ahead

There is a need for a new social contract involving companies, people and governments.

The Contributions of Smart Cities Mission: A Stocktaking
Nov 17, 2023

The Contributions of Smart Cities Mission: A Stocktaking

The Smart Cities Mission in India, launched in 2015, is a unique experiment undertaken with the aim of improving people’s quality of life in cities. It bypasses traditional institutional approaches and employs innovative methods to achieve its targets. This brief provides an overview of the work initiated under the mission since its inception and explores the gains so far. It documents sectoral reforms and conducts a critical appraisal of the m

The counterterror dimension to the planning of smart cities
Aug 21, 2023

The counterterror dimension to the planning of smart cities

The Indian government’s “Smart Cities Mission” aims to drive economic growth and improve quality of life through “smart” solutions for the delivery of infrastructure and services. This is expected to transform living spaces, enhance quality of life, and provide employment opportunities, in turn helping reduce crime rates and promoting law and order. Among the challenges to the “Smart Cities” programme is terrorism—especially in ur

The future is in urban India: Talbott
Sep 20, 2006

The future is in urban India: Talbott

India is witnessing a phenomenal increase in urbanisation and it is essential that this process is studied and analysed thoroughly to provide for a better quality of life, said Mr. Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution, while formally releasing ORF Mumbai Vision 2015: Agenda for Urban Renewal, published by Observer Research Foundation in ORF Mumbai on September 20.

The impact of environment on FDI
Oct 27, 2017

The impact of environment on FDI

Most FDI has gone to south India, Gujrat and Maharashtra. In the north, FDI is located around Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

The relationship between public green spaces and population in a city
Jan 19, 2022

The relationship between public green spaces and population in a city

For better quality of life, city planners need to take into consideration the additional population that will flow in due to greater urbanisation whil

The rise of gated communities in Indian cities
Jul 07, 2022

The rise of gated communities in Indian cities

The inability of the urban centers to provide a high quality of life has caused a rise in gated communities in India