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Access to vaccines in Massachusetts: Divisions along race and socioeconomic lines
Jul 15, 2021

Access to vaccines in Massachusetts: Divisions along race and socioeconomic lines

Vaccine equity in Massachusetts has been called the “best of the worst”; although doing better than other states in terms of equitable distributio

Cashless transactions & cyber terrorism
Dec 07, 2016

Cashless transactions & cyber terrorism

Post-demonetisation campaigning for cashless transactions as way to stamp out black money has been stepped up with cybercrime issue needed to be dealt

Decentralisation of energy supply in India: Energy in sachets
Mar 15, 2024

Decentralisation of energy supply in India: Energy in sachets

India’s key energy problem is the inadequate effective demand for energy, especially from poor rural households in India and an underdeveloped marke

Is Commodities Transaction Tax removal in the offing?
Feb 12, 2015

Is Commodities Transaction Tax removal in the offing?

Policy reforms in the field of taxation in the commodity futures market is of critical significance as various taxes and levies are a significant component in the overall cost of transaction.

Maldives President sacks Defence Minister after police recover weapons
Jan 22, 2015

Maldives President sacks Defence Minister after police recover weapons

In Maldives, a midnight police break-in and alleged yet uncontested seizure of 'dangerous weapons' from Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim's residence has led to his unceremonious replacement by Maj-Gen (Retd) Moosa Ali Jaleel, until then High Commissioner to Pakistan.

Maldives: SC sacks polls chief, deputy ahead of Majlis' vote
Jul 03, 2014

Maldives: SC sacks polls chief, deputy ahead of Majlis' vote

In a not-so-unexpected development, the Maldivian Supreme Court stripped Elections Commission President Fuwad Thowfeek and Vice-President Ahmed Fayaz Hassan of their membership, for the contempt of the court.

Never, ever forget those sacrifices
Dec 26, 2013

Never, ever forget those sacrifices

Bangladesh needs full closure of the war crimes aspect of her history and a move away from fundamentalism that threatens it today. Bangladesh has to see the fulfillment of its Shahbag moment. The recent hanging of Mollah, is a process in that closure.

New trends in digital transactions
Mar 06, 2017

New trends in digital transactions

It's possible to calculate the extent to which the level of digital transactions relates to the underlying trends.

Peshawar massacre: What now?
Dec 22, 2014

Peshawar massacre: What now?

The Peshawar attack offers the Pakistan leadership a corner to turn around - it only needs to first define who is a terrorist? But is the military and civilian leadership of Pakistan capable, and willing, to take on the terrorist groups, especially TTP? The rhetoric and actions on the part of the leadership raise serious doubts about the will.

Reparation for colonial abuse: 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre
Apr 16, 2019

Reparation for colonial abuse: 100 years of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

On the 100th anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, this article aims to revisit colonial despotism and the options of reparation with former c

Row over the sacking of Grameen Bank chief
Mar 25, 2011

Row over the sacking of Grameen Bank chief

The removal of Prof. Muhammad Yunus from the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh has left a dent on the image of the Awami League Government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, both at home and overseas.

Sri Lanka: After the sacking, a new CJ?
Jan 14, 2013

Sri Lanka: After the sacking, a new CJ?

As a follow-up to the impeachment motion passed by Parliament by a two-thirds majority, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sacked the nation's Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake.

The Mon massacre: Time to withdraw AFSPA from the Northeast?
Jan 11, 2022

The Mon massacre: Time to withdraw AFSPA from the Northeast?

The cries to repeal AFSPA have grown louder in the wake of the recent Nagaland massacre. Will it finally be reality?

US-China truce shouldn’t sacrifice the rest of us
Nov 04, 2019

US-China truce shouldn’t sacrifice the rest of us

A proposal by Nobel economists to resolve the trade war ignores the whole point of having a global trading system.

Why it is time for a “sacred alliance” between Japan and India
Aug 07, 2020

Why it is time for a “sacred alliance” between Japan and India

It is imperative to highlight that we’re now reaching a period when a “sacred alliance” between Japan and India should be built up as a force of

Why should the Commodity Transaction Tax (CTT) be repealed?
Dec 17, 2020

Why should the Commodity Transaction Tax (CTT) be repealed?

India needs world-class derivatives exchanges which will provide for the best risk management practices.

A tough road ahead for ASEAN Special Envoy to Myanmar
Mar 28, 2022

A tough road ahead for ASEAN Special Envoy to Myanmar

Although highly-measured steps were taken, the Special Envoy to Myanmar managed to make some headway during the Myanmar visit

Applying the Gujarat Model: What  Modi's budget will offer
Jun 05, 2014

Applying the Gujarat Model: What Modi's budget will offer

Some economists argue there is an overlap between the demands of the stock market and the emerging aspirational classes. The new FM has said, sacrifices will have to be made to correct the fiscal path. The question is who will make the sacrifices -- big capital or ordinary people?

Bin Laden: The Nemesis Ahead
Oct 19, 2004

Bin Laden: The Nemesis Ahead

There was a massacre of hundreds of Shias of Gilgit in the Northern Areas (NA) of Pakistan (before 1947 called the Northern Areas of Jammu & Kashmir) in 1988 following a demand raised by them for the creation of an autonomous Shia state to be called the Karakoram State, consisting of the Shia majority areas of the NA, Punjab and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).

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

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

Chandrika's Gamble
Nov 05, 2003

Chandrika's Gamble

By sacking three crucial ministers, proroguing Parliament and telling the nation that she was ¿willing to discuss with the LTTE, a just and balanced solution within the parameters of unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka¿, President Chandrika Kumaratunga may have precipitated a politico-constitutional crisis with far-reaching consequences.

China’s practice in recognising Governments: The case of Taliban
Sep 15, 2021

China’s practice in recognising Governments: The case of Taliban

International recognition of government has always been more based on realpolitik rather than agreed upon priniciples

Common Cause, Common Sense: How the UN Security Council could regain trust and legitimacy
Sep 19, 2020

Common Cause, Common Sense: How the UN Security Council could regain trust and legitimacy

All permanent five would benefit from a conversation on additional permanent seats as no member of the Security Council can gain any long-term economi

Competition in retail electricity: Power of choice
Feb 12, 2024

Competition in retail electricity: Power of choice

Behavioural changes expected in electricity use by the consumer may not play out as anticipated without the intervention of technological inputs

CPEC betokens China's search for lebensraum in Pakistan and PoK
May 12, 2017

CPEC betokens China's search for lebensraum in Pakistan and PoK

Not only would CPEC run roughshod over the sacred Panchsheel principle of "mutual respect", it would also destroy any chance of a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

Cybersecurity Threats in Online Gaming: Learnings for India
Jan 10, 2024

Cybersecurity Threats in Online Gaming: Learnings for India

This brief examines the rapid growth of the global online gaming industry and the consequent increase in cyber threats. Issues such as microtransactions, money laundering, and predatory practices by developers can stymie the industry’s growth potential if not addressed. Many countries’ current gaming-focused regulatory frameworks do not cover these challenges and will need to be revised. India—a significant gaming market—must also conside

Digital Ruble: Growing influence amidst sanctions?
Aug 01, 2023

Digital Ruble: Growing influence amidst sanctions?

As the Digital Ruble becomes more accessible, it promises to revolutionise financial transactions and reshape Russia's financial landscape

Don't hyphenate Israel
Jun 15, 2015

Don't hyphenate Israel

Israel being India's most trusted ally in West Asia and among the three or four closest friends in the world, Prime Minister Modi's visit to Israel needs to be a standalone, a single country trip. The India-Israel relationship is important enough, even sacred enough, to merit that respect.

How much surveillance does a country need?
Jul 20, 2013

How much surveillance does a country need?

Terrorists have taken to the use of social media networks in a big way. This brings us back to the old dilemma of how much data is information and how much information is adequate intelligence. The other dilemma is how much surveillance is enough for security. The third dilemma is how much liberty is to be sacrificed for security.

IMF’s $6 billion loan to Pakistan risks supporting its terror infrastructure
May 14, 2019

IMF’s $6 billion loan to Pakistan risks supporting its terror infrastructure

There is a deeper politics at play here, a politics of negotiation and a transaction of international power games that is diluting the dangers of Paki

India cannot take a black-and-white approach to Myanmar
Dec 24, 2021

India cannot take a black-and-white approach to Myanmar

Given the regional complexities, as well as India's own concerns, a more nuanced approach is needed

India's Strategic Culture and Security Challenges
Feb 01, 2010

India's Strategic Culture and Security Challenges

Delivering the 30th Bhimsen Sachar Memorial Lecture for 2009 in New Delhi, the former Chief of the Army Staff highlights the flaws in India's strategic thinking and stresses the need for a more focused and clearly defined vision for the future.

India’s response to state fragility in Africa
Oct 27, 2017

India’s response to state fragility in Africa

New Delhi is increasingly positioning itself as a significant player in African peace, security and development. Examining the question of how India responds to state fragility in Africa, this brief finds that India’s engagement is mostly transactional: working around, rather than on, sources of political fragility. Development and security interventions tend to operate in silos, but might change if Indian commercial investments are threatened

India’s UPI Market: Projections for Growth Under Various GDP Scenarios
Sep 08, 2023

India’s UPI Market: Projections for Growth Under Various GDP Scenarios

This paper projects the nationwide and state-wise size of India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) market under various GDP growth scenarios. The market sizes under these scenarios are expressed in monetary values at the scale of both sub-national units and the Indian economy as a whole. With the help of transactions and market share data from Phonepe, a UPI company, the paper estimates the national and state-wise base case scenario market volu

India’s ‘Look Far East’: The Vladivostok moment in Indo-Russian relations
May 26, 2020

India’s ‘Look Far East’: The Vladivostok moment in Indo-Russian relations

This paper explains Russian co-option of India into the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) at a high level of participation in September 2019 and the range of agreements involved. It argues that the co-option was the result of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dissatisfaction with the economic outcomes so far for the Russian Far East of “northeast Asian regional cooperation.” Moscow related this behaviour to skewed priorities of East Asia’s �