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Empowering MSMEs: The role of AI literacy
Apr 03, 2024

Empowering MSMEs: The role of AI literacy

Businesses and individuals in India must seize the benefits of AI and strategically enhance their competitiveness by staying abreast of advancements i

Energy News Monitor I Volume XX, Issue 25
Feb 12, 2024

Energy News Monitor I Volume XX, Issue 25

Distributed production and consumption of RE by households and industries, primarily using solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, is projected as a potential driver of RE generation and consumption but challenges remain

Enhanced bilateral cooperation will help both India and Pakistan: Experts
Jul 30, 2013

Enhanced bilateral cooperation will help both India and Pakistan: Experts

India and Pakistan can reap multiple benefits from an enhanced cooperation on the economic and energy fronts, according to experts at a recent conference at Observer Research Foundation.

Family identifier in India: A health perspective
May 10, 2022

Family identifier in India: A health perspective

India should embrace the idea of a family health ID that can help in extending benefits of healthcare interventions to all.

Federalism and Interstate River Water Governance in India
Jan 04, 2021

Federalism and Interstate River Water Governance in India

Interstate (River) Water Disputes (ISWDs) are a continuing challenge to federal water governance in India. Rooted in constitutional, historico-geographical, and institutional ambiguities, they tend to become prolonged conflicts between the states that share river basins. This paper examines the constitutional complexities, contentious political federalism, and identity-based electoral political dynamics that fuel ISWDs. It discusses the River

Fixing Cyber Vulnerabilities: An Agenda for the Quad
Feb 16, 2024

Fixing Cyber Vulnerabilities: An Agenda for the Quad

The COVID-19 pandemic sparked rapid digitalisation worldwide, with work-from-home interactions, online payments, and online consultations for various services becoming acceptable practices. While this shift in the manner and nature of work brought enormous benefits, crucially in terms of access, it has also increased the kind of cyber security threats that countries face, with vulnerabilities felt particularly in the health and financial sectors.

Food Security Schemes Need To Focus On Diet Diversification
Dec 08, 2023

Food Security Schemes Need To Focus On Diet Diversification

India's nutrition levels have been a matter of concern. Policymakers have to shift their approach to find a long-term solution for the problem

From Policy to Practice: Charting a Path for Floodplain Zoning in India
May 25, 2020

From Policy to Practice: Charting a Path for Floodplain Zoning in India

Floods are a recurrent phenomenon in many parts of India, and human and economic losses are consistently rising with increased exposure to the hazard. These losses can be significantly reduced by eliminating the encroachment on floodplains and regulating the land use within it through floodplain zoning, a widely accepted and effective non-structural policy measure. Despite its benefits, floodplain zoning has not been widely adopted in India, main

From Rio to Paris: India in global climate politics
Dec 24, 2017

From Rio to Paris: India in global climate politics

This paper analyses India’s participation in more than two decades of global climate politics. India has transitioned from a protest voice on the fringes of global climate policy to one that is actively shaping international efforts to combat climate change. Analysis of the drivers behind India’s negotiating positions on climate change thus far has focused on the competing motives of equity and co-benefits, which has however been insufficient

From theory to practice: Leveraging AR/VR for educational excellence
Jul 01, 2023

From theory to practice: Leveraging AR/VR for educational excellence

India needs to foster the integration of spatial computing into education to capitalise on its transformative benefits

From trade to investments, re-orienting India's ASEAN strategy
Feb 27, 2017

From trade to investments, re-orienting India's ASEAN strategy

It is important for India to analyse its ASEAN strategy more closely, as it has the potential to result in significant benefits.

Gender and the Gig Economy: A qualitative study of Gig platforms for women workers
May 24, 2023

Gender and the Gig Economy: A qualitative study of Gig platforms for women workers

Despite the unprecedented growth of India’s gig economy and possible benefits to women service providers, little attention has been paid to the hurdles faced by women in pursuing gig work. Indeed, gig work has witnessed similar gendered division as has been evident in traditional work, and has not led to a direct increase in Female Labour Force Participation (FLPR) in India. This brief examines the existing literature on the problems faced by w

Governing Urban Wetlands in India: A Pathway to Sustainable Urbanisation
Feb 01, 2024

Governing Urban Wetlands in India: A Pathway to Sustainable Urbanisation

Wetlands are important ecosystems that provide benefits such as flood control, water purification, and biodiversity conservation. In India, however, wetlands are threatened by pollution, encroachment, and rampant real estate development. This brief assesses the East Kolkata Wetlands to illustrate the challenges of preserving urban wetlands in India. It also presents recommendations to establish more comprehensive wetlands management and conservat

GSP Withdrawal: Likely impact on India
Jun 19, 2019

GSP Withdrawal: Likely impact on India

India should follow a path that does not make it overtly reliant on schemes from a developed country. It must instead use such benefits to improve the

Hambantota: Critical node in the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor?
Jan 01, 2019

Hambantota: Critical node in the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor?

In order for the Hambantota port project to reap potential benefits for Sri Lanka and the regional economy, there are three crucial aspects: bunkering

Harnessing the Power of India’s Forests for Climate Change Mitigation
May 12, 2023

Harnessing the Power of India’s Forests for Climate Change Mitigation

Forests help mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide economic benefits for the country, and meet specific facets of India’s sustainable development goals. It is essential, therefore, to revisit India’s forest governance and evaluate the country’s efforts at forest restoration and conservation. This brief examines the current state of India’s forests, explores the effectiveness of forest restoration and conservation measures, and r

Health as a welfare good in India: Towards a more substantive social protection imperative
Apr 05, 2024

Health as a welfare good in India: Towards a more substantive social protection imperative

Although the government has initiated schemes to extend proper healthcare, many sections of people are still excluded from its coverage or are unable

How can cooperation with Taiwan benefit India and Maharashtra in the global supply chain shift?
Nov 29, 2021

How can cooperation with Taiwan benefit India and Maharashtra in the global supply chain shift?

Working in close partnership with Taiwan can bring benefits beyond the ICT sector for a state as diverse and skilled as Maharashtra

How the surge in COVID-19 cases is providing opportunities to Indian ed-tech
Apr 24, 2020

How the surge in COVID-19 cases is providing opportunities to Indian ed-tech

India’s ed-tech ecosystem can reap several benefits by utilising the data opportunity to re-engineer their value proposition, strategise partnership

Hydropower in India: An update
Oct 12, 2023

Hydropower in India: An update

Though a market for electricity does not exist in India in the strictest sense, PHS cannot count on technical viability and environmental benefits to

India and its neighbours
Jan 05, 2012

India and its neighbours

There is an increasing realisation in New Delhi about the cross-benefits available to the country on social, political, economic and strategic fronts from its neighbours as they are bound to benefit from healthy bilateral and multilateral arrangements encompassing the entire South Asian region.

India at the United Nations: An analysis of Indian multilateral strategies on international security and development
Aug 10, 2023

India at the United Nations: An analysis of Indian multilateral strategies on international security and development

This paper explores how India has been able to achieve cooperation in the sphere of international development, but has been unable to replicate such success on issues of international security. It maps out India’s engagement on these two issues through four case studies and places them in the context of multilateral theory and international cooperation theory. It further considers factors within the game theoretic models of cooperation, includi

India in the Indo-Pacific: A Kautilyan Strategy for the Maritime Mandala
Aug 14, 2023

India in the Indo-Pacific: A Kautilyan Strategy for the Maritime Mandala

This brief seeks to apply ancient Indian strategic thought in the study of the country’s contemporary maritime relations. It argues that India should shift its maritime strategy from a largely continental posture to one that focuses on the country’s maritime mandala. Using concepts from the ancient Indian political treatise, Arthashastra, this brief contends that a “return of history” via the Indo-Pacific, and re-emerging multipolarity, r

India's MMRCA Decision: A Strategic Blunder?
Apr 30, 2011

India's MMRCA Decision: A Strategic Blunder?

India's decision to go for the European option in the 42000 crores MMRCA deal is going to hurt India in politico-strategic terms compared to any possible significant gains. Not just numerical superiority and costs but more importantly the strategic benefits should have been the guiding factors in making the decision on MMRCA.

India-US Strategic Dialogue: Focus on the Big Picture
Jul 30, 2014

India-US Strategic Dialogue: Focus on the Big Picture

The dilemma facing ASEAN countries - economic benefits vs strategic balancing as they engage China - is nothing unique. This provides the context for India and the US to channel their efforts in establishing a firm partnership for enabling a stable Asian order.

India-US WTO patch-up: Will the TFA really help India?
Nov 15, 2014

India-US WTO patch-up: Will the TFA really help India?

In spite of some benefits, the TFA is embroiled in controversy. Trade facilitation, according to some scholars, will enhance the developed countries' access to Indian markets and may impact manufacturing growth. Studies have shown India is losing out in competitiveness in all product lines and there has been a 'hollowing out' of industries.

India’s Lines of Credit, Development Cooperation, and G20 Presidency: A Primer
Aug 17, 2023

India’s Lines of Credit, Development Cooperation, and G20 Presidency: A Primer

Lines of Credit (LOCs) are a widely used instrument in development cooperation, including for India. The projects funded by India’s LOCs attempt to achieve a trinity of objectives: economic benefits; effective project management and completion; and nurturing and enhancing diplomatic relationship and strategic interests with the partner countries. This brief explains how India’s LOCs function, and contextualises the performance of the

India’s national security election: Why it’s advantage Modi
Apr 11, 2019

India’s national security election: Why it’s advantage Modi

The Indian prime minister’s national security credentials are poised to have benefits at the polls.

Inequality 4.0: Digital resurgence widening income gaps?
Dec 23, 2020

Inequality 4.0: Digital resurgence widening income gaps?

The coming decade requires an urgent effort toward the establishment of mechanisms that ensures an egalitarian re-distribution of the tech-revolution

Iran and India's road to Afghanistan
Oct 27, 2014

Iran and India's road to Afghanistan

Delhi and Tehran must now sit down with the new government in Kabul to negotiate trilateral trade and transit agreements that will ensure an early realisation of all economic and strategic benefits that the Chabahar project promises.

Iran’s BRICS membership: “Hello to the new world”?
Oct 03, 2023

Iran’s BRICS membership: “Hello to the new world”?

Iran views its BRICS membership as a foreign policy success, however, whether this move will translate into long-term benefits remains to be seen

Japan's rise is good for India
Jun 10, 2014

Japan's rise is good for India

The rise, if you want to call it that, of another Asian power on the flanks of China, one which also has difficulties with Beijing, is to India's advantage. New Delhi is not unaware of the geopolitical benefits.

Media management and regulation in 2021: Perspectives from Egypt
Jan 08, 2021

Media management and regulation in 2021: Perspectives from Egypt

There have been clear attempts from both the public and private sectors to change the use of their media outlets from entity-based benefits to public-

Millet: The super food for combating food and water security
Apr 06, 2022

Millet: The super food for combating food and water security

Urging the world to focus on the overall advantages of growing and consuming the climate-resilient crop 'Millet', as the crop offers hassle-free produ

Modelling Decarbonisation Pathways for the Indian Economy
Nov 09, 2021

Modelling Decarbonisation Pathways for the Indian Economy

This brief explores four scenarios of climate action for India using a systems dynamics model called the Energy Policy Simulator for India. It investigates policy trade-offs and co-benefits and estimates the costs of climate action. It finds that deep decarbonisation in the Indian economy is possible while also boosting jobs and GDP and avoiding millions of premature deaths due to harmful air pollution. The low-carbon transition will require mass

Mullaperiyar Dam: Political and Technical Undercurrents
Dec 26, 2011

Mullaperiyar Dam: Political and Technical Undercurrents

Instead of dealing with the Mullaperiyar dam controversy as a geo-political conflict, it should be tackled as an institutional, legal and administrative failure in the region. Equitable distribution of the benefits of the shared resource is not an impossible task to achieve.

Need for Strategic Border Infrastructure Board
Feb 27, 2015

Need for Strategic Border Infrastructure Board

The military preparedness and security benefits are critical in the North-east region given the long-standing border and territorial issues with China. The government could consider setting up a nodal agency such as a Strategic Border Infrastructure Board under the PMO to oversee projects on a periodic basis.

Neglect of under-privileged: Confront politicians
Apr 04, 2014

Neglect of under-privileged: Confront politicians

In today's political scene not many contestants have a background of having worked with the underprivileged people or fighting for the rights of women and children. Many think it is a good opportunity to get into the charmed circle of parliamentarians who have attractive remunerations and huge fringe benefits for five years

Next steps in the Indo-US deal
Mar 06, 2006

Next steps in the Indo-US deal

The Indo-US nuclear deal has been signed. The next step is to get it passed through the US Congress and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). This also entails amending the laws, so that India can receive the same benefits as those states that are a party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Odisha’s land titling attempt: A step in the right direction
Aug 14, 2018

Odisha’s land titling attempt: A step in the right direction

Along with the economic benefits of land titling there are social implications attached to the move.

Off to a positive start: Jaishankar’s visit to Nepal
Feb 01, 2024

Off to a positive start: Jaishankar’s visit to Nepal

Both Kathmandu and New Delhi will need to leverage their political will and expand cooperation to ensure that both countries reap benefits from closer

Perilous Pursuit of Altruism?
Jun 14, 2023

Perilous Pursuit of Altruism?

Worldcoin aims to create a vast network that would benefit all individuals, but it raises concerns about exclusion and limited benefits for those outs

Policy imperatives for India’s small farmers
May 23, 2023

Policy imperatives for India’s small farmers

This paper examines the various constraints faced by India’s small and marginal farmers, which severely affect the productivity of their lands, and thus their incomes. These obstacles cover the gamut of farming activities, from production to storage, and accessing markets. A recent government survey has said that four of every ten of the country’s farmers disliked farming, and would prefer another occupation if given a choice. While the gover

Post-COVID19 Recovery: Harnessing the Power of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure
Apr 10, 2023

Post-COVID19 Recovery: Harnessing the Power of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure

Infrastructure investments are required to enable economic growth and provide the services required by a growing population. The infrastructure already available is threatened by climate change, damaging existing assets and reducing future productivity. Investment in new infrastructure has to increase to fill the gap; as this occurs, the operation and maintenance cost of infrastructure are also expected to rise. Furthermore, as resources are scar

Preparing Indian Cities for a Shift to E-Mobility
Apr 12, 2021

Preparing Indian Cities for a Shift to E-Mobility

India is driving a transition to e-mobility in a bid to meet its commitments to the Paris climate agreement. Meeting the e-mobility targets will have multiple benefits, including cleaner air, improved health, and a reduced oil import bill. India’s cities will play a key role in achieving the e-mobility transition through planning and the implementation of local policies, but they must first overcome certain challenges. Assistance from the centr

Prioritising MSMEs in India’s policy push for rooftop solar
Feb 02, 2024

Prioritising MSMEs in India’s policy push for rooftop solar

The focus on rooftop solar in the Union Budget 2024 has provided a strong impetus for the residential segment. A targeted scheme is also required to e

Privacy and security risks of digital payments
May 09, 2017

Privacy and security risks of digital payments

Digital financial services have benefits but pose privacy risks that harm consumers, merchants, markets, and nations alike. Some payments systems in India suffer from vulnerabilities because they were not prospectively designed on the basis of the ‘privacy by design’ principle. At the back-end, the centralised storage of data is risky. At the front-end, faulty capture devices enable data misuse. Across the middle mile, data is transmitted wit

Promoting exclusive breastfeeding: Essential for better nutrition in India
Sep 08, 2017

Promoting exclusive breastfeeding: Essential for better nutrition in India

To meet the World Health Assembly target for breastfeeding, the government needs to promote breastfeeding in a big way. At the same time, it is important to create awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as initiate steps to improve breastfeeding practices.

Pulses: Sustaining the Earth and nourishing communities
Feb 10, 2024

Pulses: Sustaining the Earth and nourishing communities

The World Pulse Day provides an opportunity for various stakeholders to come together and celebrate the significance of pulses in achieving certain SD