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Water supply in Delhi: Five key issues
Jun 08, 2020

Water supply in Delhi: Five key issues

Massive populations in many parts of the world, including in India, continue to grapple with lack of access to clean and safe water. This paper studies the case of Delhi. It describes the conditions under which water is produced and supplied to domestic consumers in Delhi and explains the capacity of the water and sewerage agency to discharge its duties. The analysis finds challenges in five aspects related to water supply in Delhi: quantity; qua

Water wars over paradigms
May 14, 2020

Water wars over paradigms

The ongoing “water wars” is presently a war over two paradigms — namely the colonial engineering paradigm that is visibly reductionist, and the

Way more than hedging: Lula's Brazil is gambling high
May 15, 2023

Way more than hedging: Lula's Brazil is gambling high

Lula’s foreign policy approach goes beyond “hedging” and is aimed at ensuring that Brazil climbs the global status ladder

Way out of the past
Mar 01, 2013

Way out of the past

The Finance Minister can at best provide an enabling environment through the Union Budget and other policy frameworks that lie in his domain. The political and bureaucratic class need to pull in the same direction over the next few years to reverse some of the structural weaknesses.

We are all Sinologists now
Jun 10, 2020

We are all Sinologists now

Effective public policy needs sound public debates. If New Delhi is to have a serious China strategy, it must be predicated upon how best India can al

We must not over-interpret China's grand moves of diplomacy on the world stage
Nov 28, 2023

We must not over-interpret China's grand moves of diplomacy on the world stage

Beijing is not doing as well as it would like us to think. Its economic challenges and isolation have meant it is keener than its put-off partners to achieve some normalcy in ties with other countries.

Weakening NHM Mission Steering Group is a mistake India can ill-afford
Mar 17, 2018

Weakening NHM Mission Steering Group is a mistake India can ill-afford

In this era of exciting developments in the health sector, where NHM is going to be the mainstay of the Ayushman Bharat through the NHPS initiative wh

Weighing the benefits of recalibrating India’s nuclear doctrine
Nov 14, 2016

Weighing the benefits of recalibrating India’s nuclear doctrine

Parrikar's statement on the changing the nuclear policy and re-calibrating it to keep up with the changing times has opened a Pandora's box.

West Asia: Deal making and deal breaking for peace in the Middle East
Nov 02, 2020

West Asia: Deal making and deal breaking for peace in the Middle East

By exiting the Iran nuclear deal and guiding the Abraham Accords to fruition, did Trump’s disruptions succeed in American foreign policy’s most ho

What a third Xi term could mean for India
Oct 17, 2022

What a third Xi term could mean for India

If the 20th CCP meet, which began on Sunday, enhances Xi Jinping’s power, it would reinforce trends associated with his tenure: Assertiveness abroad, no compromises on boundary issues, and a willingness to use the military as an instrument of policy

What about low voter turnout in Lok Sabha elections in the Valley?
Jul 17, 2018

What about low voter turnout in Lok Sabha elections in the Valley?

It goes without saying that Kashmir’s political candidates do not bear primary responsibility for this electoral legitimacy crisis.

What both India and China should keep in mind while dealing with Nepal
Jun 20, 2017

What both India and China should keep in mind while dealing with Nepal

It is necessary for both India and China to strengthen diplomatic ties and initiate confidence-building measures to bridge the gap that exists between

What can artificial intelligence tell us about the scale of Covid-19 in China?
Oct 09, 2020

What can artificial intelligence tell us about the scale of Covid-19 in China?

How is the discrepancy between the Chinese government’s own words and the statistics it released is so pronounced? The answer to this question can b

What does Sri Lanka moving closer to China mean for India?
Oct 14, 2020

What does Sri Lanka moving closer to China mean for India?

Given the trajectory of the China relations — Sri Lanka’s ‘India First’ policy will obviously be confined to bilateral security issues and New

What does the rise of Asia’s space forces mean?
Jun 07, 2019

What does the rise of Asia’s space forces mean?

We need to develop alternate models that do not ignore the need for greater coordination and synergy within governments.

What does the United States want?
Nov 21, 2018

What does the United States want?

To punish China, isolate Iran and forgive Russia. This is the new US foreign policy doctrine.

What does ‘Young India’ think of Sri Lanka?
Mar 01, 2024

What does ‘Young India’ think of Sri Lanka?

PM Narendra Modi and SL President Wickremesinghe inaugurates UPI services:

What next for Iran?
May 21, 2024

What next for Iran?

Although Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi’s death leaves the country to face an uncertain future, it would not have any significant short-term impac

What Sushma Swaraj should look out for in Dhaka
Jun 25, 2014

What Sushma Swaraj should look out for in Dhaka

Friendly Indo-Bangla relations will play a major role in securing peace and prosperity in the South Asia and these can be achieved with sincere initiatives by the government in resolving outstanding issues. India's Bangla policy could be a for the new government in dealing with other countries in the Neighbourhood.

What to do with the potential debt crisis looming over the world?
Mar 04, 2023

What to do with the potential debt crisis looming over the world?

Policy makers in both the OECD and developing countries should use this opportunity to improve the current framework for debt restructuring and crisis

What Tsai win means to China
Jan 21, 2020

What Tsai win means to China

Taiwan is not willing to be assimilated, at least politically, into the motherland

What Turkey Can Teach India
Jun 27, 2011

What Turkey Can Teach India

In India, the office of the foreign minister doesn't command nearly the sort of authority it should, or it did in the past. While foreign policy in other countries is influenced by domestic politics, in India it's being completely overshadowed by intra-party and intra-government feuds.

When Arabs Followed The Leadership Of A Hindu They Adored
Feb 27, 2012

When Arabs Followed The Leadership Of A Hindu They Adored

The poem, one of numerous written in that period, expresses admiration for the spell Nehru had cast by his deft navigation of foreign policy between the two blocs not for India alone but a whole group.

When Modi made his moves in the US
Oct 16, 2014

When Modi made his moves in the US

There was more to Narendra Modi's visit to the US than the razzmatazz of Madison Square Garden and Central Park. He had gone to the US after three basic foreign policy initiatives, and was making a statement on the world stage beyond the confines of the UNGA.

White House 2019 economic report puts a shine on AI and its meaning for the future of work: Top takeaways
May 14, 2019

White House 2019 economic report puts a shine on AI and its meaning for the future of work: Top takeaways

Policy makers are asked to worry deeply about how workers will deal with the costs of reskilling if they aren’t paid for the duration of the reskill

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

Why Amit Shah’s checkmate to the PDP could prove disastrous
Jun 20, 2018

Why Amit Shah’s checkmate to the PDP could prove disastrous

The BJP has tried to play smart politics with its insulting break with Mehbooba Mufti. The fallout of the move could envelope Kashmir in distress — and hurt the BJP too.

Why Beijing finds itself in a geopolitical obstacle race
Apr 02, 2022

Why Beijing finds itself in a geopolitical obstacle race

As the rest of the world is opening up, China’s zero-Covid policy and new outbreaks are proving to be a headache for the country.

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 India's military isn’t getting the weapons it needs
Aug 06, 2020

Why India's military isn’t getting the weapons it needs

New Delhi's labyrinthine procurement organization is an obstacle to the country's national security. And the external security threats that India confronts, especially that from Beijing, will not miraculously disappear.

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 Pak army chief’s call for talks makes no sense
Dec 30, 2017

Why Pak army chief’s call for talks makes no sense

Within Pakistan, it is the army which controls foreign policy towards India, Afghanistan and the US. The polity has no role. Every time the polity has

Why rise of Fumio Kishida as new Japanese prime minister is good news for India
Oct 06, 2021

Why rise of Fumio Kishida as new Japanese prime minister is good news for India

Fumio Kishida’s victory owes much to LDP’s conservative wing and many of his foreign policy actions will function within the parameters that former prime minister Shinzo Abe laid down during his time in office

Why Seoul and New Delhi should leverage the G20 momentum for advancing collaboration in the Indo-Pacific
Mar 09, 2023

Why Seoul and New Delhi should leverage the G20 momentum for advancing collaboration in the Indo-Pacific

New Delhi and Seoul are two key players in the Indo-Pacific in terms of their respective maritime geographies, geopolitical capabilities, and foreign

Why the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to India is a diplomatic success
Feb 25, 2019

Why the Saudi Crown Prince’s visit to India is a diplomatic success

Narendra Modi’s West Asia policy remains the one area of achievement in an otherwise indifferent record of foreign policy.

Will Biden oversee a bipartisan consensus on Trumpism?
Nov 09, 2020

Will Biden oversee a bipartisan consensus on Trumpism?

Echoes of Trump’s vilification of US internationalism are evident in progressives' push for Biden to reinvent American foreign policy.

Will demonetisation overshadow the Kashmir challenge?
May 24, 2023

Will demonetisation overshadow the Kashmir challenge?

In an announcement that caught the nation by surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the demonetisation of ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes of the Indian currency in November to arrest ‘black money’, end corruption, and choke terrorist finances. This move represents a policy departure and it has far-reaching implications. As national debate has been hijacked by the possible fallouts of demonetisation, other critical issues have been pushed to

Will Modi  look at Russia with new eyes?
May 28, 2014

Will Modi look at Russia with new eyes?

Narendra Modi's warm response to Putin's congratulatory message, in contrast to a business-like acknowledgement of Obama, has a well-thought out back story and may prove all those predicting a business-as-usual foreign policy regime wrong.

Will national elections compromise Spain’s moment under the sun?
Jul 03, 2023

Will national elections compromise Spain’s moment under the sun?

Even though Spanish politicians are pacifying fears that the national elections would not affect its EU presidency, a change of guard would most likel

Will the new US strategy weaken China’s influence in Africa?
Aug 13, 2022

Will the new US strategy weaken China’s influence in Africa?

There are multiple reasons for African countries to be cautiously optimistic about the new US policy.

With fruitful Israel visit, Modi capitalises on shifting narrative in West Asia
Jul 07, 2017

With fruitful Israel visit, Modi capitalises on shifting narrative in West Asia

Amid changing narratives in West Asia, PM Modi has successfully de-hyphenated India's Israel and Palestine policy.

With political stability & economic reforms, Nepal opens up to the world
May 08, 2019

With political stability & economic reforms, Nepal opens up to the world

Despite the gloom and doom over the last two decades, Nepal in general has endorsed democracy, political stability and a wave of economic reforms.

With Trump’s India visit, US-India ties go one step forward and two steps back
Feb 27, 2020

With Trump’s India visit, US-India ties go one step forward and two steps back

Despite some gains on the policy level, Trump’s visit to India symbolised heightened partisanship and a return to chemistry between leaders defining

Women and STEM: The inexplicable gap between education and workforce participation
Jan 24, 2024

Women and STEM: The inexplicable gap between education and workforce participation

India could be a STEM powerhouse if only it can ensure its female STEM graduates are retained in the workforce