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Best practices in Metro security
Aug 25, 2010

Best practices in Metro security

Informed and aware passengers and staff members remain two of the most effective counter-terrorism measures to safeguard vulnerable mass transit systems like Delhi Metro.

BEST’s road to financial recovery may face potholes of populism
Sep 23, 2019

BEST’s road to financial recovery may face potholes of populism

With most of the grant money being used to settle loans and pay salaries, populist moves ahead of the state election may prove to be counterproductive

Better governance for improved air quality
Nov 22, 2022

Better governance for improved air quality

Despite the Delhi government’s efforts to improve the air quality, a thick layer of smog continues to shroud Delhi

Between Consensus and Homogeny
Jul 20, 2004

Between Consensus and Homogeny

By writing to Chief Ministers on administrative systems, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has revived a process that probably died with Jawaharlal Nehru. As Prime Minister, Vajpayee had his year-end Musings, which like Nehru¿s letters covered a wide range of subjects, including foreign policy and security issues.

Between Democracy and Dictators: South Asia’s response to the Pakistani crisis
May 22, 2023

Between Democracy and Dictators: South Asia’s response to the Pakistani crisis

The public in South Asian countries have reacted variedly to the developments taking place in Pakistan

Between Rhetoric and Strategy: Analysing Evolving European Approaches Towards China
Feb 29, 2024

Between Rhetoric and Strategy: Analysing Evolving European Approaches Towards China

Europe’s relationship with China has transformed in recent years, with Chinese behaviour and actions now increasingly at odds with European values and interests. As Europe adjusts to new global realities amid a full-fledged war, the European Union (EU) and its member states are recalibrating their strategies and relationships with China. This paper aims to decipher these evolutions by assessing the EU approach and those of certain key European

Between the Maulana, the Military and the Munsifs
May 16, 2023

Between the Maulana, the Military and the Munsifs

The perfect storm that has engulfed Pakistan is unlikely to weaken anytime soon.

Beyond Chinese Whispers and Indian Rope Tricks
Dec 30, 2013

Beyond Chinese Whispers and Indian Rope Tricks

Both India and China have already entered an age of pragmatism. But they must soon transform it in an age of competitive realism if they are to jointly architect and mould the Asian century.

Beyond JCPOA — Chabahar
Jul 21, 2018

Beyond JCPOA — Chabahar

The imposition of fresh sanctions on Iran jeopardises the Chabahar project. Not only do sanctions deter countries and companies from doing business wi

Beyond JCPOA — China
Jul 21, 2018

Beyond JCPOA — China

While the US economic sanctions are likely to have implications for China’s investments in Iran, they inadvertently motivate Iran to look out for al

Beyond JCPOA — Economics
Jul 21, 2018

Beyond JCPOA — Economics

With the imposition of sanctions on Iran, India is left with two options: either find other avenues of oil imports or risk facing the US sanctions.

Beyond JCPOA — Europe
Jul 20, 2018

Beyond JCPOA — Europe

The volatile security situation in the region, a nuclear arms race and a possible war against Iran would directly affect Europe, if only by causing a

Beyond JCPOA — Non-proliferation regimes
Jul 20, 2018

Beyond JCPOA — Non-proliferation regimes

NPT is the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime but its internal inconsistencies are becoming increasingly visible. In terms of its non-

Beyond JCPOA — Russia
Jul 20, 2018

Beyond JCPOA — Russia

Since Russia has shown willingness to work with Iran over the years, the question is more about the logistics of their dealings. The geopolitical adva

Beyond JCPOA — Secondary sanctions, projects and investments
Jul 20, 2018

Beyond JCPOA — Secondary sanctions, projects and investments

India has planned several oil and gas development projects, and pipeline projects in Iran. It is believed that the proposed investment for these proje

Beyond speculation: Shaping realistic practices in generative AI
Dec 11, 2023

Beyond speculation: Shaping realistic practices in generative AI

AI will lead to an age of radical abundance; the development of increasingly capable AI should be monitored to due to the risk they pose for societies

Beyond the Hype: Developing Interoperability Standards for Digital Currency at the G20
Feb 06, 2023

Beyond the Hype: Developing Interoperability Standards for Digital Currency at the G20

The legacy cross-border payment infrastructure is replete with issues of high costs, limited access, low speed, and opaque structures, which have limited the potential of cross-border payments to enhance international trade and foster economic growth in emerging economies. The increased demand for transparent, accessible, faster and cheaper solutions in the financial sector has pushed the private and public sectors to accelerate investments in in

Beyond the Preamble: Measuring up the right to education in practice
Jan 24, 2024

Beyond the Preamble: Measuring up the right to education in practice

While the right to education is widely recognised by national constitutions, its actual implementation remains inadequate

Beyond the rhetoric at Dubai COP28
Dec 26, 2023

Beyond the rhetoric at Dubai COP28

Financial transfers from Global North are band-aids. What is absent is resource mobilisation to incentivise the South to move away from fossil fuel de

Bhutan: Refugees from the 'Dragon Kingdom'
Sep 14, 2012

Bhutan: Refugees from the 'Dragon Kingdom'

Since time immemorial, the land that is now Bhutan has been a nation that has limited its interaction with the outside world and discouraged immigrants. This to some extend could be attributed to the nation's tie and linkages with Tibet.

Bhutan: Sub-regional connectivity on cards
Jun 12, 2015

Bhutan: Sub-regional connectivity on cards

Ties of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan with Nepal, Bangladesh and India stand to be boosted. Trade ties with Bangladesh are expected to be intensified with India allowing transit to Bangladesh for trade with Bhutan.

Bhutan’s border conundrum: Nowhere near the finish line
Nov 10, 2022

Bhutan’s border conundrum: Nowhere near the finish line

Despite the urgency shown by all three parties—Bhutan, India, and China—to end the border disputes, divergent interests continue to pose a signifi

Bhutan’s crypto mining bets: Decoding economic and foreign policy implications
May 28, 2024

Bhutan’s crypto mining bets: Decoding economic and foreign policy implications

The growth of crypto mining in Bhutan has brought its fair share of benefits and challenges

Bhutan’s goal of a green city: Pathways for a syncretic Indo-Bhutan development
Jan 18, 2024

Bhutan’s goal of a green city: Pathways for a syncretic Indo-Bhutan development

Bhutan’s forthcoming urban expansion will be a great opportunity for Indian urban planners to closely observe an urbanism model rooted in the ethos

Bicycling through Covid-19
Jul 15, 2020

Bicycling through Covid-19

Clearly determined traffic rules for cyclists, training and sensitising cyclists, motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement agencies — especially t

Biden on Indo-Pacific: Continuing the ‘America First’ approach
Jan 29, 2021

Biden on Indo-Pacific: Continuing the ‘America First’ approach

Trump’s effort to shape the region’s economic future was coupled with a trade approach, which will fit squarely with the Biden administration’s

Biden overcomes a logjam
May 02, 2024

Biden overcomes a logjam

US Congress passes 4 crucial bills; govt keenly aware of geopolitics in Indo-Pacific.

Biden’s space policy: Insufficient military thrust
Feb 09, 2021

Biden’s space policy: Insufficient military thrust

The Lagrange points in the dyads — Earth-Moon and Earth-Sun — are important because they allow movement of spacecraft or objects from point to ano

Bike-sharing’s new life in China after lockdown
Oct 09, 2020

Bike-sharing’s new life in China after lockdown

Because of the pandemic, shared vehicles are edging into the mainstream, slowly overtaking public transport and private cars as the favoured way of tr

BIMSTEC into the mainstream: The role of the media
May 12, 2023

BIMSTEC into the mainstream: The role of the media

This brief is an experienced journalist’s view of how the media should regard the relevance of BIMSTEC, or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation; and, in turn, how BIMSTEC can utilise the media in making its issues known to the public and the policymakers, in its immediate region and beyond. The brief argues that if BIMSTEC is to become an effective forum for regional cooperation, it should be more o

BIMSTEC on the Cusp: Regional Security in Focus
Aug 16, 2023

BIMSTEC on the Cusp: Regional Security in Focus

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is standing on the threshold of a new inning, as it marks its 25th year in 2022. The past months have been momentous for BIMSTEC, as it adopted a charter at the fifth Summit Meeting in March to outline a clearer purpose for the organisation. During the summit, BIMSTEC rationalised its 14 diverse sectors of cooperation into seven core areas of inte

BIMSTEC: Rediscovering old routes to connectivity
Dec 04, 2017

BIMSTEC: Rediscovering old routes to connectivity

As BIMSTEC pushes for transport connectivity, it stands to gain from other, complementary transport connectivity projects that are emerging in the region. BIMSTEC can also take advantage of extant policy designs, and aligning its projects with the various national, bilateral and multilateral projects either ongoing or being planned. Given India’s key role in BIMSTEC — owing not only to its geographical location but also its capabilities — i

Biodiversity and cotton: Stitching together a sustainable future
Oct 07, 2023

Biodiversity and cotton: Stitching together a sustainable future

As we commemorate World Cotton Day, the transformative potential of cotton within the T&A industry needs to be examined

Bitcoin: Balancing risks and benefits
Jul 26, 2022

Bitcoin: Balancing risks and benefits

India needs to be mindful of the transformative potential of Bitcoin and initiate regulations to manage the risks and reap the benefits.

Bits and Bytes: Reaching money to the bottom of the pyramid
Sep 29, 2017

Bits and Bytes: Reaching money to the bottom of the pyramid

Despite numerous government efforts to popularise digital transactions, India continues to be a cash-dependent economy. This is because the transforma

BJP's Beijing
Sep 10, 2014

BJP's Beijing

If Modi is a strong leader who is bringing greater purposefulness to India's China policy, Xi is even more powerful at home. He has conveyed a strong interest in transforming relations with New Delhi and is willing to explore opportunities with Modi.

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.

Blue Economy in the Indo-Pacific: Navigating Between Growth and Conservation
Jul 28, 2021

Blue Economy in the Indo-Pacific: Navigating Between Growth and Conservation

Once a niche term, Blue Economy (BE) has matured into a popular concept in marine governance discussions in the Indo-Pacific region. As land resources reach their limits, governments in the region are keen to harness the ocean’s wealth for economic projects. Policymakers widely believe the blue paradigm allows marine activities to be earth-friendly and sustainable, and thereby guaranteeing a more equitable future. Recent developments, however,

Blue opportunities for the Pacific Island Developing States (PIDS)
Feb 07, 2022

Blue opportunities for the Pacific Island Developing States (PIDS)

The PSIDS require a holistic approach to development as business-as-usual is proving to be detrimental to the ocean ecosystem and the people whose liv

Boosting India with maritime domain awareness
Jan 08, 2021

Boosting India with maritime domain awareness

Indian decision makers recognise the need for cooperative tools to fight transnational crime in the littorals. Indian initiatives, however, are yet to bring about an alignment of objectives and strategies of regional littoral states.

Border villages can help fight Chinese build-up
Apr 25, 2023

Border villages can help fight Chinese build-up

Under the Vibrant Villages Programme nearly 3,000 villages selected along the 3,400-km-long border are set to get better infrastructure facilities

Bracing for a Manic Monday
May 16, 2023

Bracing for a Manic Monday

The crisis of the state in Pakistan is only getting worse.

Bracing for Trump’s vision of international security
Mar 11, 2024

Bracing for Trump’s vision of international security

Trump’s approach to transatlantic security, the US’s allies in the Indo-Pacific, and security concerns in West Asia will be shaping his vision of

Breaking banks, building dreams: A case for women’s savings in India
Mar 07, 2024

Breaking banks, building dreams: A case for women’s savings in India

India is seeing a shift towards greater financial inclusion and women's empowerment. Policies supporting this trend can create a more equitable financ

Breaking the gridlock
Jul 03, 2012

Breaking the gridlock

Smart Grid technology solutions can not only help India reduce its transmission and distribution losses, but can also help leap to the future by bundling major public utilities over one single grid.

Breakthrough in fusion energy: Is abundant low carbon energy within reach?
Oct 09, 2021

Breakthrough in fusion energy: Is abundant low carbon energy within reach?

The recent technological advancement in the energy front could translate into abundant low carbon energy supply; however, there are multiple problems