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Whoever wins, Bihar wins again
Nov 05, 2015

Whoever wins, Bihar wins again

There is an element of Shakespeare in Bihar politics. It has over the last 40 years seen so many historical developments impacting national politics that the ongoing election will once again throw up a surprise.

Whose AI is it anyway? Moving global debates from “mine” to “ours”
Feb 23, 2024

Whose AI is it anyway? Moving global debates from “mine” to “ours”

An inductive approach to AI development can improve the data foundation for discussions and mobilise a wider coalition advocating for its integration

Whose Debt is it Anyway?
Aug 03, 2011

Whose Debt is it Anyway?

Although the successful passing of the Budget deal by the US Senate and the signing of it by President Obama has lead to widespread relief in the country, the looming question of how the close to 15 trillion dollars in accumulated debt is ever going to be repaid still remains unanswered.

Why a lower poverty line?
Mar 27, 2012

Why a lower poverty line?

According to the Planning Commission, rural poverty has declined faster than urban poverty regardless. If this is true, it would definitely have got reflected in better housing and sanitation. It would also have meant a decline in malnourished children and maternal death. But the census figures show a different picture.

Why Al Qaeda's new wing is likely to fail in India
Sep 08, 2014

Why Al Qaeda's new wing is likely to fail in India

like the ISI, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba or the Indian Mujahideen, the al Qaeda will not meet much success in India because the Indian Muslims are happy with their lot in a secular, democratic country and even al Zawahiri understands that.

Why autonomous weapons should not be banned
Dec 16, 2017

Why autonomous weapons should not be banned

While it is legitimate to question the ethics and rules surrounding autonomous weapons, the idea that their development will necessarily usher in an apocalyptic future may not be accurate

Why Chabahar agreement is important for Iran?
Jul 17, 2017

Why Chabahar agreement is important for Iran?

The Chabahar agreement which entails the development of free trade zone could be capitalised to generate employment and rope in investments.

Why China is desperate to make friends with the world
Jun 11, 2015

Why China is desperate to make friends with the world

Beijing knows that it cannot become a global power without friends. As the US has known, there is a limit to what you can do alone. The US with its network of friends, allies and partners is a case in point.

Why Citizens Grievance Redress Bill needs urgent push?
Dec 21, 2011

Why Citizens Grievance Redress Bill needs urgent push?

The Citizens Grievance Redress Bill, despite its impressive provisions, is fraught with certain inadequacies that might not appreciate the grass-root realities of public grievances - like lack of a holistic interpretation of likely grievances.

Why city master plans fail to materialise
Feb 26, 2024

Why city master plans fail to materialise

Unless urban planning is heavily incentivised with quality men and money, development plans are likely to remain on paper

Why Delhi must not be at sea
Nov 03, 2015

Why Delhi must not be at sea

Can Delhi go beyond diplomatic statements and help China's neighbours to stand up to Beijing? As the Philippines and Vietnam look to diversify their security partnerships and build national capabilities for deterrence against China, Manila and Hanoi would like to see Delhi be a little more forthcoming with its hard power.

Why did the FM take hesitant small steps?
Jul 11, 2014

Why did the FM take hesitant small steps?

Why was there no Big Bang change in the Budget? After all, the Modi government had the full mandate to do so. Why was the FM playing with Lego like blocks instead of huge building blocks? It could be because the time was short and the Budget was put together in a hurry.

Why does TTP target Pakistani State?
Dec 24, 2014

Why does TTP target Pakistani State?

One of the key reasons for TTP's survival has been Pakistan's policy of using terrorist groups as instruments of state policy. Pakistan Army's protection of the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban as ' strategic assets' helped TTP to retain its sanctuary and its attack capabilities.

Why Europe must resist war rhetoric
Nov 20, 2015

Why Europe must resist war rhetoric

Europe has to come to grips with the fact that not even the USA is strong enough to create a new order anywhere in the world, neither in Afghanistan nor in the Middle East. Instead, anything that will increase the conflict without an achievable goal will play into the hands of the IS.

Why FDI is not enough for Modi's Make-in-India strategy
Oct 27, 2015

Why FDI is not enough for Modi's Make-in-India strategy

India has pulled ahead of China and United States as the most favoured destination for foreign direct investment. But is being number one good enough to make the Modi government's 'Make in India' productivity reform a success story and achieve its desired 8-8.5 per cent growth?

Why Feel Good Is Just Not Enough
Jan 03, 2004

Why Feel Good Is Just Not Enough

On December 20, 2003, a landmark in the history of modern India was achieved. The nation's forex reserves for the very first time crossed the $ 100 billion mark, to be precise clocked 100.048 billion. The high, coming just after a decade of reforms, remember 1990-91, could well be termed as the coming of age of India¿s liberalisation program.

Why gender justice is crucial for achieving India’s climate targets
Oct 28, 2016

Why gender justice is crucial for achieving India’s climate targets

Lack of monetary resources may prove to be a major impediment to India achieving its climate targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Why gender would have more of a role in Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign
Mar 09, 2015

Why gender would have more of a role in Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign

If Hillary Clinton runs for office in 2016, it seems that she will be campaigning for herself as herself - an exceptional professional, a controversial former secretary of state, and a woman.

Why Geopolitical Strategy is Key to Sustaining American Power
May 26, 2015

Why Geopolitical Strategy is Key to Sustaining American Power

The costs of a hot conflict in the Asia Pacific would be high and have difficult consequences. The challenge for US and its partners would be to deter Chinese aggressive posture without risking an escalation of conflict.

Why Germany should deal generously with Greece's call for reparations
May 26, 2015

Why Germany should deal generously with Greece's call for reparations

A legalistic position towards the Greek demand for reparations is neither sufficient nor politically wise. A generous gesture towards Athens would strengthen Germany's position as a country that is more than a leader by default in the EU.

Why Gurdaspur attack was no 26/11
Aug 04, 2015

Why Gurdaspur attack was no 26/11

While superficial similarities between the recent Gurdaspur attack and the Mumbai attack may be apparent, there are major differences in the manner both planned and executed. The scale of the attack itself suggests that it certainly doesn't seem to have had the support of the highest echelons of power as in the Mumbai attack.

Why hauling up Pakistan before international community is counter-productive
Oct 05, 2015

Why hauling up Pakistan before international community is counter-productive

Any attempt by India to haul up Pakistan before the international community, including the UN, could prove counter productive. It could start with India itself 'internationalising' the issue, and formally allowing the rest of the world to tell us what we should do to Pakistan, and on the vexatious Kashmir issue.

Why increased activism has not translated into global women’s empowerment
Aug 12, 2020

Why increased activism has not translated into global women’s empowerment

India has hardly ever seen a purely women-driven movement where women have been the pioneers of a development and have stood up for a cause all by the

Why India cannot afford to give up Siachen
Apr 16, 2012

Why India cannot afford to give up Siachen

The strategic advantage accruing to India in Siachen should not be given up for apparent short-term political gains. Giving up Siachen as a gesture of friendship would also mean that its recapture would be extremely expensive to India in men and material.

Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy
Aug 05, 2014

Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy

Giving huge amounts of cash subsidies in the developed countries also distorts market. Lowering the actual cost of production artificially, these countries have produced mountains and lakes of agricultural products which are then dumped in international markets which lower the prices.

Why India desperately needs an image makeover
Dec 19, 2018

Why India desperately needs an image makeover

The problem is less to do with ideology, and more about the clumsiness and coarseness with which the ideology is being spread.

Why India Insists on Keeping Gilgit Baltistan Firmly in the Kashmir Equation
Jun 03, 2015

Why India Insists on Keeping Gilgit Baltistan Firmly in the Kashmir Equation

India's objections to Pakistan's plan of holding an election in Gilgit-Baltistan region and New Delhi's protests to Chinese activity there need to seen in the wider context of Sino-Pak nexus.

Why India must put any overtures to Pakistan on hold
May 16, 2014

Why India must put any overtures to Pakistan on hold

Given our troubled relationship with Pakistan, we need to keep our security apparatus in a state of alert with state-of-the-art equipment. All bilateral issues with Pakistan -- political, military, economic -- will simply have to go on the back-burner till Pakistan decides it wants to live as a good neighbour.

Why India must revive its manufacturing sector
Feb 25, 2014

Why India must revive its manufacturing sector

The most urgent need is to upgrade India's physical infrastructure to encourage domestic and foreign direct investment in the manufacturing sector. This will absorb the rural labor surplus that is migrating to the cities by providing employment in labor-intensive, less technology-intensive manufacturing, regulated by humane labor laws catering to the contemporary needs of the economy.

Why India should have a declared Space policy
Sep 03, 2013

Why India should have a declared Space policy

Laying down the rules of the road is a task that should not be left until Space is highly weaponised. Aside from the political and strategic value, India has a huge financial stake given its investments and reliance in this regard.

Why India should join China's MSR
Jun 10, 2015

Why India should join China's MSR

India is located at such a prime position that it can't miss out the opportunity to be part of the MSR. Both the Marine Silk Road and the continental Silk Road --which is going to connect China with the central Asia -- are going to pass from India's periphery. India could gain a lot from being an active partner to the MSR. And, not joining it may isolate India.

Why India should monitor TTIP negotiations
Dec 30, 2013

Why India should monitor TTIP negotiations

As an aspiring global power, what India should take note of is that the TTIP will potentially contribute greatly to the evolution of rules of global trade, particularly in areas where multilateral-level consensus is still elusive. It is in India's interests to keep a close watch of the situation and make necessary interventions.

Why India's defence procurement is problematic?
Apr 10, 2012

Why India's defence procurement is problematic?

A country that spends 15 per cent of its Central expenditure on national defence (armed forces and DRDO) and 23 per cent on national security (armed forces and all other security forces like para-military, police) must explain to its citizens as to whether its spending on security is justifiably utilised or not.

Why India's election process is bringing out the absurd in us all?
Nov 06, 2013

Why India's election process is bringing out the absurd in us all?

As five states in India go to the polls in the coming weeks, it seems the 'silly season' is upon us. We are being saturated with inanities masquerading as "political discourse". The problem, however, is that as these samples of ludicrousness tumble out in a disturbingly steady stream, we actually engage with them in earnestness.