Articles

October 17, 2019

Smart Cities Mission Requires Smart People: Dr M Ramachandran

Transcript of the Keynote address delivered by Dr M Ramachandran, former Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, at the “Smart Cities Workshop: Sustainable Urban Development” held in Kochi on September 20, 2019.The workshop was organised by South […]
October 14, 2019

Afghan Quandary: Peace Talks Amidst the New Great Game

With the US–Taliban peace talks shaping the future course of Afghan conflict, the main stakeholders China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and India driven by their geopolitical pursuits and vested interests jostle for influence over the final endgame of Afghanistan.  By Mona […]
October 11, 2019

India China Informal Summit

From border skirmishes to UNSC, China has consistently taken positions unfavorable to India. As PM Modi meets Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram, Mr Muraleedharan Nair, Senior Fellow CPPR explores whether the meeting can melt the ice between the two nations. This article was […]
October 9, 2019

Feasibility of Electric Vehicles in India

Facing an air pollution epidemic, India has its eyes set on an electric future. With a flurry of proposals from both the centre and various state governments, questions over the implementation of this relatively new technology arise. This article looks […]
September 25, 2019

India-Pakistan Cultural Homogeneity and Political Ties

Born of similar ancestry and sharing a homogeneous historical legacy in addition to cultural similarities, this article elucidates the ways in which India and Pakistan are more similar than they are different, a narrative that is often glossed over amidst […]
September 24, 2019

The role of reinsurance companies in building resilience

India in the recent past has seen extreme weather events triggered by climate change. With rapid human advancements and escalating climate change, studies show that natural disasters are going to be a frequent phenomenon than ever. Economic losses due to […]
September 23, 2019

Far East in Doldrums: A Rupture in Pacific Rim

The geopolitics in Northeast Asia is changing swiftly having the potential to shatter the geopolitical and security balance in favour of rogue North Korea and expansionist China. North Korea’s continued testing of patience of the regional powers by its nuclear […]
September 17, 2019

India-Pakistan Trade: Potential and Constraints

Conventionally, the easiest market access for most finished goods should be countries that lie within close geographical proximity; but history, political instability, colonial rules and a plethora of other reasons often prevent neighbouring states from seizing this natural advantage, which has to be […]
September 7, 2019

G7 Summit: A Necessary Evil

The world is witnessing extraordinary events like Amazon fires, climate change, trade wars, inter-state conflicts and so on. Almost every developed state in the Western hemisphere is going through one or the other crisis that has pulled them from the […]
August 27, 2019

BREXIT: A TRAGICOMEDY

Muraleedharan Nair, Senior Fellow, CPPR writes about Brexit, its background, implications for the United Kingdom, Europe and the world, and more importantly, for India in general, and Kerala in particular. The full version of the article had appeared in Mathrubhumi Weekly on […]
August 19, 2019

Abrogation of Article 370 and Reintegration of Jammu & Kashmir

The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on August 5, 2019 took a giant political and Constitutional leap by abrogating Article 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) a special status. The J&K Reorganisation Bill, 2019 that got Presidential assent […]
August 14, 2019

Cryptocurrency – India’s fight for and against it

In the last few weeks, Bitcoin has burst back into the public discourse, following a huge surge in its price. The price, which began the year at under $4000 per bitcoin, reached $12,000 in June 2019. This has led many […]
August 13, 2019

20th Kargil Anniversary and India’s National Security Challenges

July 26 was the day when 20 years ago the Indian Army flew the ‘Tri-colour’ on the snow-clad mountains/posts in Kargil sector that had been occupied by Pakistan army and intruders. The victory came at a very high price, as […]
July 31, 2019

Are PPPs the road ahead for Indian Railways?

The technological advancements made in the rail sector give a positive message but demand huge capital investment, which will require private participation. Indian Railways is one of the largest rail networks in the world carrying over 23 million passengers and […]
July 29, 2019

The Blue Wave in Sudan: How India Rides the Tide?

The recent conflict in Sudan was born of a fervent desire for something India considers the essence of her existence: Democracy. This article elucidates the timeline of events following the fall of the 30-year-long Bashir regime, the conflict between the […]