May 28, 2020

Some COVID Thoughts

A PDS Discussion (May 23)One could see long queues these days not only in front of the BEVCO outlets but also in front of the Ration Shops (PDS). As a public policy researcher, I was curious to understand the reasons […]
April 3, 2020

India’s Lockdown: Partial Success is Total Failure

Democracy is government by discussion. The India Government, in announcing the nationwide lockdown in response to the global coronavirus blitzkrieg, appeared to have rewritten this definition. It now reads: democracy is government by action. This invariably leads to two questions: […]
March 23, 2020

Water Conservation and Agricultural Policies

The agriculture sector in our nation has always enjoyed the privilege of being a vital part of our economic structure and with almost 160 million hectare of land under cultivation, the sector employs the majority of our population. Though the […]
March 6, 2020

Social Media Shaping Political Opinion and Impacting Poll Campaigns

Diminishing readership of the print media and the entry of smartphones have strengthened social media’s role in shaping political narratives. In a way, it has become a linkage between the governing body and those who are governed, with people feeling […]
January 22, 2020

India’s Act East Policy Post RCEP

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has gained a lot of attention because of various ongoing trade wars around the world. The agreement can even bolster ties among the participating nations. So, does India’s withdrawal from the RCEP affect its […]
January 13, 2020

How Does Critical Thinking Promote Creativity?

When one hears the word ‘critical thinking’, the first thing that comes to the mind may be the negative connotations attached to it. This is because the focus is on the word and one assumes that thinking critically must be […]
January 9, 2020

India’s Approach to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

In the recent meeting between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Haseena and Narendra Modi, both the leaders agreed on the need for greater efforts to facilitate the “safe return of Rohingya refugees”. This declaration came even after the UN fact-finding mission […]
December 3, 2019

Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019

Tansgender is defined as a person whose gender does not match with the gender assigned to that person at the time of his/her birth. Tansgender includes trans man or trans woman, a person with intersex variations, queer and a person […]
November 7, 2019

How is NRC Shaping a New Identity?

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register maintained by the Government of India containing names and relevant information for identification of Indian citizens of the state of Assam. The first NRC was compiled in 1951, after the Census […]
October 30, 2019

How Can Congestion Pricing Solve Traffic Woes?

The term ‘congestion pricing’ is used to describe a distance, area or cordon-based road user charging policy around congested areas to reduce the use of private vehicles and increase the use of public transportation. Congestion pricing is also known as […]
October 11, 2019

Powering Kerala’s Electric Vehicles

India is set to move further towards an automobile industry that is primarily electricity powered. The government has introduced certain initiatives in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint in India’s mobility scenario by 2030 and electric vehicles (EVs) are […]
September 25, 2019

Libertarian Principles of Intellectual Property

Libertarianism as a philosophy emerged in an attempt to cure the unfairness that plagues our world. This blog will attempt to question the basis for its very existence, along with assessing the effect of libertarian principles on intellectual property. CPPR […]
September 17, 2019

Some Thoughts on National Education Policy Draft

The Draft National Education Policy (Committee for DNEP 2019) is a vision document which aims at a major overhaul of our present education system — school as well as higher education. The document is very detailed and gets into every […]
September 16, 2019

India and IPRs Laws

Copyrights, trademarks, patents, etc are terms which are often non-synonymous with economic significance and put away as indifferent to the facets of micro and macro trade. It suffices to attach the notion of ‘proprietorship’ and hence the meaning of ‘intellectual […]
September 16, 2019

Green Bonds for Sustainable Development

What are green bonds? How can they tackle major environmental issues faced by India and save the environment for the future generation?In the early years, institutions like banks and non-banking sectors financed environmental projects. However, a huge investment requirement for […]
August 28, 2019

TRIPS Agreement and Challenges

Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement is a framework which brought a unified Intellectual Property standard across the globe. It is a complementary standard to the existing WTO regime, and tries to accommodate GATT principles in its text. […]
August 26, 2019

Refugee Resettlement: Humanitarian Governance vs the Politics of Refugee Protection

The term ‘Refugee’ is one that is often misrepresented in political discourse. As per the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), a refugee is a person fleeing armed conflict or persecution. The situation in this person’s country of origin […]
August 16, 2019

Strengthening India’s Bond Market

The bond market in India is still not completely developed, even after several committees being formed throughout the years to augment the bond market. This means that the bond market is unable to share the credit burden that the banking […]
August 13, 2019

Can Strict Laws Rein in Social Media during Polls?

In India, there are nearly 400 million Internet users who are easily accessible to the political party campaigners through Facebook and WhatsApp. There is a huge potential for social media to alter the course of election campaigns. A sensational content […]
July 29, 2019

More Investments the Way Forward for Agriculture?

At the time of India’s independence subsidies were necessary as they were important for the small and marginal farmers to access inputs and to encourage them to adopt new technology. But now subsidies are slowly outliving their utility. Subsidies given […]
July 29, 2019

Promoting Electric Vehicles — Are We Doing Enough?

India is home to 14 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, and given the role of pollution caused by vehicles, there is a greater emphasis on moving to green energy sources. Electric vehicles are seen as a […]

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