June 24, 2014

A Model for helping India’s Sports Sector

Introduction International events come and go but India has never been able to pose significant competition to sportsmen and women from across the globe. We have had a competitive hockey team which consistently won Olympic medals until the late 1970s […]
June 5, 2014

Planting saplings: Does our Environment Day start and end there???

Today, as I entered the main road, a rally of school children welcomed me. They were all having umbrellas decorated with leaves of various trees.  This was how; they celebrated the World Environment Day (WED). Yesterday onwards, there are advertisements […]
June 3, 2014

Big-data and the Market Mechanism

Introduction Big-data could be the game changer in future. Data and big-data are conceptually similar but the later differs technically due to the enormity in volume and the corresponding difficulty in storage. Big-data would imply information that is collected in […]
June 3, 2014

The Many Faces of a Social Media Campaign in General Elections India 2014

Introduction India has a very low number of people actively using social media networks though its increasing at a deafening pace. As late as December 2013, the number of such users were considered to be a little less than 100 […]
May 20, 2014

The Mature Market of Spiritualism and the Role of the State

This piece of writing does not evaluate the merits of the ideology behind gurus and institutions run by them. In fact, people are free to choose the best that suits them under the available conditions. And the freedom of choice […]
May 20, 2014

Moneylending in Kerala and the Unjustifiable Gimmicks of the State

Introduction The moneylending market in Kerala was a natural economic bubble. The bubble grew because the factors favoured it. Very few people can be blamed for it save the State for its inability to predict the case. Why? Because it […]
May 13, 2014

India General Elections 2014: A Muddled State of Affairs from the Youth Perspective

The Industrial Process of Electioneering From the start General Elections 2014 was no less than a functioning industrial unit, producing output in tonnes. The elections were a month long process where a population close to 814 million people were expected […]
March 29, 2014

Aam Admi Prime Minister: Scope and chances

Dr. D.Dhanuraj* A few days are left before the first batch of voters to go to the polling booths to select their representatives of 16th Lok Sabha. This time, unlike in the recent past, the most ferociously fought election with […]
March 6, 2014

Bad State of the State

By Rahul V. Kumar *   As I understood from a recent experience our system requires that we remain closer (in time) with the state and yet we should remain far (physically) from its reach. Now the question is “How […]
March 1, 2014

Expansion of RIMPAC Exercises to include Indian and Chinese Navies: An Assessment

By MA Athul* In June 2013 Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi announced that China will attend the Rim of the Pacific Exercises in June 2014.Yang made the announcement after the summit between US President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jingping[1]. […]
March 1, 2014

The ‘Third Front’ Politics aka power of Regional Politics and the ‘unanticipated 14th Prime Minister of India’

By D.Dhanuraj* The election commission is ready to declare the schedule of General Elections 2014. Political parties are busy in building alliances. It’s the coalition politics era in India! The main stream parties; Congress and BJP are still dilly dallying […]
January 6, 2014

The quandary of food security

  By Somesh S. Menon*   India has always been renowned as a country operating on contradictions. Right from its pre-Independence days when it was revered as the jewel in the British empire, till the period just before liberalization when […]
December 21, 2013

International Migrant’s Day: A Contemporary Retrospection

By Abin Thomas, PhD Scholar Student, King’s India Institute, London Jim Rogers, the American investor who moved to Singapore in 2007 from America (is one of the prominent figures of investment friendly atmosphere in Singapore), cautioned about the immigration restriction […]
July 23, 2013

The National Investigation Agency and the Enrica Lexie case

by Ravishankar. M* The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was established by the NIA Act which was passed by the Indian Parliament in 2008. It is envisaged as an agency “to investigate and prosecute offences affecting the sovereignty, security and integrity […]
July 16, 2013

Transport still a problem for IT hub, Times of India

  Times of India, 16th July 2013 KOCHI: Despite the efforts of various agencies, alternative transport initiatives like carpooling and Bus Day have failed due to certain shortcomings and coordination issues. Both ideas were promoted to encourage public transport and […]
July 12, 2013

How to Plan a City – Lessons learnt from Jane Jacobs

* By Merin Peter “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Planning and developing a city can be a tedious task.  There are different ways to plan a […]
June 27, 2013

AFSPA: A struggle worth living for?

 By Sonakshi Gupta*  Having refused food and water for over 500 weeks now, Irom C. Sharmila is currently under trial for attempt to suicide.  Being tried for a crime that was never committed, even though every fiber of Sharmila’s being […]
June 27, 2013

Call for Applications for CPPR-ATLAS Winter School 2014

CPPR has closed applications for its prestigious global programme, the CPPR-ATLAS Winter School on Public Policy Research Methods scheduled in the month of January 2014.   CPPR-Atlas Winter School 2014 is a unique global programme aimed at researchers exposing them […]
June 14, 2013

Universal Healthcare Coverage in India

 By Anaita Singh* Why Healthcare, at all?  “If it were possible to evaluate the loss, which this country annually suffers through the avoidable waste of valuable human material and the lowering of human efficiency through malnutrition and preventable morbidity, we […]
June 10, 2013

Can Inflation Index Bonds replace gold as a safe investment….???

India is the world’s largest consumer of gold, accounting for some 20 percent of the world’s demand. In India gold is historically and culturally tied to the concepts of wealth and prosperity. The demand for gold has been increasing drastically in […]
June 6, 2013

‘Start’ing Up Entrepreneurship

By Mary Honey* Reducing youth unemployment is one of the major challenges facing most governments in the world for decades to come. With an estimated 88 million young women and men worldwide are unemployed. According to a recent study conducted […]